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Girl Leaders Gather in Guatemala to Raise Their Voices for Change

March 07, 2019

The girl leaders, adult allies, trainers, and Rise Up staff who participated in our Girls’ Voices Initiative training in Guatemala in JanuaryIn January, PHI's Rise Up facilitated a training for adolescent girls in Panajachel, Sololá, Guatemala, through our Girls’ Voices Initiative. Twenty-two girls, ages eleven to eighteen, along with ten adult allies participated in a five day workshop, which focused on leadership development, advocacy, community organization, communication, and networking.

Roxana, a 14-year-old participant, along with Emerita Valdez, Rise Up’s Country Representative for Honduras, attended the training from neighboring Honduras. They shared their reflections on the inspiring convening, where adolescent girls came together to amplify their voices and lead change in their communities. Read on for their reflections and photos.  more

How News Coverage Perpetuates Harmful Language About Immigration

February 28, 2019 | Sarah Han, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Image: Wall with graffiti reading "No one is illegal."

Federal policies are threatening immigrants’ dignity, security, and health, but is that the dominant narrative we see and hear in the news?

Despite some progress in removing stigmatizing language from coverage of immigration, the i-word still appears in a significant amount of coverage, found new research from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group.  more

Talking Teen Dating Violence (TDV) in Tegucigalpa

February 19, 2019 | Emma Schlamm and Jaclyn Shea

In mid-October, the ZonaSegura team traveled to Tegucigalpa to learn from young people in Honduras about what it really means to be a young person in Honduras today and what the implications of Teen Dating Violence are in their daily lives and communities. The YTH team facilitated three Youth-Centered Health Design (YCHD) workshops with young women and girls and young men and boys to engage them in the discussion and design, alongside partners, PHI and GoJoven Honduras.  more

Where Are They Now: The Story of Two Rise Up Leaders Advancing Girls’ Rights in Liberia

February 06, 2019

“My belief is that when there are more women in leadership positions, we will have less of these social, cultural, and health issues that adolescent girls face...We won’t have to deal with leaders who don’t understand or prioritize women’s and children’s issues because women will be the new decision makers.” - Aisha Cooper Bruce

PHI Rise Up Leaders Rosana Schaack and Aisha Cooper Bruce met in 2010 through the Let Girls Lead program. Together, with Rise Up's support and a coalition of girl leaders, they successfully advocated for the passage of the Children's Act in Liberia, achieving monumental, large-scale change for girls throughout their country.

Almost a decade later, these visionary Rise Up leaders continue to fight for greater equity and opportunity for girls and women in Liberia. This is their story.  more

ARG Sits Down With Robin Room: A Personal Reflection of ARG's Past Sixty Years And Its Contribution to Alcohol Research

February 04, 2019

This year, PHI's Alcohol Research Group is celebrating its 60th anniversary. As part of the year-long celebration, ARG sat down with Robin Room to talk about ARG’s history and his role in shaping its development. Dr. Room began his career in 1963, first as a field worker on one of ARG’s initial alcohol surveys before becoming the scientific director in 1977 through to 1993. Since his tenure at ARG, Dr. Room has lead centers in Canada, Sweden and most recently, Australia where he directed and inaugurated the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) at the University of Melbourne and later, at La Trobe.


PHI's Impact in 2018

January 16, 2019

Over the past year, PHI worked with communities across the U.S. and around the world to address some of the most critical emerging threats to public health. To produce cutting-edge research, to harness the power of data and technology, to improve health equity, to show what works, to build capacity among those working on the frontlines of our most pressing health issues—and much more.

Here are highlights of our programs' impact in 2018.  more

How to Make the Roots of Inequality More Visible in the News

January 16, 2019 | Lauryn Claassen, Berkeley Media Studies Group

What are the benefits and challenges of community reporting? Why do newsrooms need to prioritize staff diversity, and how advocates can build stronger relationships with reporters?

In this interview, Lauryn Claassen of PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group talks with with Venise Wagner, a longtime reporter, associate professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, and co-editor, with fellow journalist Sally Lehrman, of “Reporting Inequality: Tools and Methods for Covering Race and Ethnicity.” Forthcoming in February, the book offers strategies for journalists to go beyond conventional reporting techniques and more effectively cover the structural inequities that fuel racial and health disparities.   more

It's One of the Busiest Hiring Seasons. Here's How Global Health Job Applicants Can Stand Out

January 09, 2019

The winter months are some of the busiest hiring months of the year, and with more applicants out there, there’s even less time being spent reviewing resumes in the already highly competitive field of global health. You need to catch the reader’s attention within (gasp) six seconds. 

Here are four tips to help you do just that, from PHI's STAR program—and hopefully help you land your dream global health job in 2019.  more

2018 In Review: State & Federal Telehealth Policy Legislation Roundup

December 18, 2018

It was an active year for state telehealth legislation in 2018. Among 39 states and DC, 65 legislative bills passed in the 2018 legislative session, up slightly from 62 bills in 2017. Additionally, 49 telehealth-related regulations were finalized in 38 states.

The enacted legislation this year focused mainly on broadening Medicaid policy, establishing regulatory requirements and enacting interstate licensure compacts. In general there has been a slowing of enacted legislation addressing private payer reimbursement of telehealth. Adopted regulation focused on telehealth practice standards by professional boards.

Learn more with highlights from PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy.  more

Top 10 public health and social justice media bites of 2018

December 14, 2018 | Heather Gehlert, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Reading too much news can fuel stress, anxiety, and depression. PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group says if you know what to look for and where to look, though, the news can be more than just a source of frustration; it can also be one of inspiration, comfort, and courage. 

Each year BMSG collects and shares memorable media bites that help us to better imagine the type of world we want to live in, set goals for getting there, and motivate us to act. Here are their favorites from 2018.  more

How to Succeed in your Post-MPH Career Search: A Recent Graduate’s Perspective

November 28, 2018 | Vanessa Da Costa

Looking for a position during or after completing your MPH degree can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming, especially while simultaneously trying to write a thesis, attend classes, complete homework assignments, work, volunteer, and take care of personal responsibilities- among many other commitments. However, there are ways to alleviate the stress and enjoy the process of securing a position. Vanessa Da Costa, a PHI/CDC Global Health Fellow and recent MPH graduate shared some suggestions to enhance your career search process.   more

Climate Changes Health: Make a Difference on Giving Tuesday

November 27, 2018 | Matthew Marsom

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day that is centered around giving back to our communities. Nothing will make more of a difference to every single person, across the planet, than helping to stop the urgent crisis of climate change.

Last week the federal government released a devastating report on the coming impacts of climate change. It is predicted to degrade the quality and quantity of crop production; disrupt availability of fresh water; and cause changes in air quality, disease spread and migration. Meanwhile our federal government is rolling back the policies that are supposed to help.

Our colleague Dr. Linda Rudolph is doing everything in her power to make a difference.  more

Getting Real About Health Equity at APHA

November 15, 2018

This year’s APHA Annual Meeting was inspiring, informative, and filled with many big wins for health equity. PHI was well represented in San Diego this week with 30+ presentations, events, and posters from our many programs. We were inspired to see honest conversations about health equity, power, and the institutional neglect that impacts the health of so many around the world, and are committed to continuing to contribute to building a healthier future for all. Read more about our favorite highlights from the event.   more

Alameda County Care Alliance Honors Caregivers at the 4th Annual Caregiver Recognition Celebration

November 14, 2018 | Valerie Steinmetz

In October, the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA) hosted its fourth annual Caregiver Recognition Celebration and Health Expo at the Center of Hope Community Church in Oakland, CA. The event was designed to celebrate family and informal caregivers who selflessly give their time and talents to assist individuals with advanced illness. “The ACCA Advanced Illness Care Program is unique because it was started in a community, faith-based setting to help our congregants and community members with their health, social, and spiritual needs as it relates to advanced illness,” said Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr., the Senior Pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church.   more

Reflections from Rise Up Fellows at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

November 07, 2018 | Rise Up

"When PHI's Rise Up invited me to attend United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), I couldn’t believe what a huge opportunity it would be for me," said Fellow Alejandra García Muñiz. "I have made my career working with different civil society organizations in Mexico, being an activist for women and people with disabilities, promoting equal rights and employment inclusion. For an activist like me, being at the UNGA is a dream, and now it is a dream come true. Watch the video of Muñiz and Ricardo Preciado Jiménez at UNGA  more

Improving Media Coverage of Violence: What Journalists Want Advocates to Know

October 30, 2018 | Michael Bakal

If we want to prevent violence, policymakers and the public at large must understand its root causes and the social context in which it occurs. After all, we can't address a problem if we don't entirely understand it. Yet, as research conducted by Berkeley Media Studies Group has shown, news coverage of violence provides a distorted view of the issue. It tends to focus more on individual acts than on the many social factors that lead to violence. It also overreports rare tragedies and extreme events like mass shootings while underreporting more common types of violence, like suicide, domestic violence, and street-level violence. BMSG sat down with several experienced journalists to ask what it would it take to bring public health and social justice perspectives into their coverage of violence.  more

8 Ways to Communicate Strategically About Proposed Federal Immigration Rule Changes

October 25, 2018 | Katherine Schaff

When the Department of Homeland Security released a proposal this month that would deny green cards to immigrants who use public benefits, it sent waves of concern — and mobilization — throughout immigrant communities, public health organizations, and other social service providers. PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group developed messaging tips to help advocates communicate effectively about the proposed federal changes and frame the issue in ways that further public health and social justice goals.

"At BMSG, with our mission rooted in the values of public health and social justice," wrote Health Equity Coordinator Katherine Schaff DrPH, "We, too, are deeply disturbed by the far-reaching health impacts and repercussions on future citizenship applications that could result from expanding the so-called 'public charge' rule."


Health in All Policies, Health Equity to be Featured at APHA 2018

October 24, 2018 | Colin Gutierrez

Creating health equity is a guiding priority and core value of APHA, and of the Health in All Policies movement. Everyone should have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, and Health in All Policies practitioners will share their stories about how they are advancing equity on two panels at APHA’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo, themed “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.”

Health in All Policies is a public health approach that is used as a strategy for addressing the complex factors that influence health and equity, also referred to as the social determinants of health, which include educational attainment, housing, transportation options, and neighborhood safety. These panels are being organized by the Public Health Institute and leaders of California’s Health in All PoliciesTask Force, which has worked at the leading edge of the health equity movement since its inception in 2010. The Task Force incorporates equity as a core principle with its work in policy areas as diverse as transportation, housing, land use, education, and social services.  more

PHI at APHA 2018

October 23, 2018 | Public Health Institute

To create better health, PHI and its programs focus on building more equitable systems through policy and community change. At this year's APHA meeting, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now, we hope our 25+ presentations, posters and special events on the social determinants of health and many other topics will challenge you with new ideas, provide information to inform your work, and inspire you to connect with new partners.

If you are attending APHA, we invite you to check out our presentations and posters, stop by our booth, or connect with us on social media. Here are some events to look forward to from PHI this year.   more

What Can We Learn From Media Coverage of Trauma and Family Separation?

October 17, 2018 | Sara Han

This summer, Americans confronted a moral crisis as they learned about the surge in families who are being separated and detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. In April, the Trump administration implemented a "zero tolerance policy" that treated parents arriving at the border with their children as criminals, detaining their children separately before prosecuting the parents. At the center of this public outrage is trauma: The physical, mental, and emotional health of hundreds of families and their children are being harmed. Experts and advocates for children's health and immigrant rights have spoken out against the separation and detention of these families. "[These] children are essentially living their worst nightmare," Wendy Cervantes of the Center for Law and Social Policy told Newsweek. "A kid's worst nightmare is the boogeyman coming in the middle of the night and taking away their parents. That's what's happening."

From a previous Berkeley Media Studies Group news analysis, we know that childhood trauma is rarely discussed in the news. But has it appeared more often in the midst of this intense, nationwide focus on family separations? We wanted to know, what does the coverage of trauma and family separation and detainment look like? And what lessons can advocates and journalists learn from how trauma is discussed in news coverage of family separation?  more

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