August 27, 2018 | Katherine Sham and Belinda Ngongo, Global Health Leaders
As a major effort to support African women working in the health sector, the Pan-African Women in Health (PAWH) working group convened for its first in-person dialogue meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 2, 2018. PAWH is led by the Public Health Institute’s Global Health Leaders (GHL) Fellow, Belinda Ngongo, as part of her Public-Private Competency Building Initiative in South Africa. Women and men from the private, public, and NGO sectors, representing nine African countries were in attendance, and the meeting was centered around identifying challenges faced by African women in health, exploring opportunities for future engagement to advance women’s agenda in this sector, and supporting the next generation of African female health leaders. more
August 20, 2018 | Dr. Linda Rudolph, Center for Climate Change and Health
"Climate change is happening now, is largely due to human activities, and is amenable to action to slow its pace and reduce its effects," writes Dr. Linda Rudolph, director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute. "Our actions now will affect the magnitude of climate impacts and the extent to which communities thrive in the face of climate change and recover in the aftermath of climate-related disasters."
PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health and the American Public Health Association (APHA), with support from the California Department of Public Health, have come together to create a 400-page guide that helps local health departments prepare for and mitigate climate change effects—from drought and heat to flooding and food security—with concrete, implementable suggestions. more
August 15, 2018 | FACES for the Future Coalition
Founded in 2005, the FACES Summer Medical Academy (FSMA) is a tuition-based, intensive summer camp designed to expose high school students to the fields of medicine, nursing, and allied health professions. In partnership with Samuel Merritt University, the goal of the program is to offer youth a glimpse into the array of advanced educational strategies and tools that comprise current medical training. Furthermore, young people are introduced to critical concepts that promote an understanding of culturally responsive and compassionate health care practice.
During the two-week academy, FSMA students are exposed to clinical skills training, gross anatomy and pathology workshops, clinical simulation scenarios, problem-based learning, and workshops in patient-centered care models. FSMA students are taught by physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. They also experience mentoring in small groups led by college and graduate students focused on careers in medicine and the health professions. The FSMA is open to any student regardless of background, geographic location or school.
In partnership with Samuel Merritt University, FACES for the Future Coalition hosted 45 scholars from July 16 - 27, 2018 to provide a unique lens for high students to explore the health care field. Find out more about what the students were able to learn this summer. more
August 14, 2018 | Lauryn Claassen, Public Health Institute
PHI’s Rise Up is committed to activating women, girls, and their allies to drive exponential change by strengthening leadership, investing in local solutions, and building movements – one community at a time, one country at a time. In March, with the support of Cummins Powers Women, Rise Up led a Leadership Accelerator Program in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, where 18 social entrepreneurs from across the state participated in a week long workshop built around Rise Up’s award-winning curriculum.
“All of the attendees are already interested in the education, health, and rights of women and girls – but often their work is so siloed that they were getting to know each other for the first time in the workshop,” said Josie Ramos, the Director of Programs for Rise Up. “It was an opportunity for them to build new alliances and begin to collaborate.” Over the course of the week, the fellows learned to use advanced advocacy strategies to create large-scale social change. Public policy has the power to either perpetuate or eliminate inequities faced by women and girls – and so finding the right policy to support, challenge, or strengthen at the right time, in the right place, can have an enormous impact. more
July 30, 2018 | Daphne Marvel, Berkeley Media Studies Group
After being widely criticized for becoming an amplifier of fake news and being required by the European Union to tighten its data and privacy rules, Facebook has made sweeping changes to its policies and practices. But in its effort to keep false content from getting through, does the social media giant, at times, swing too far in the other direction? PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group writes about Facebook recently rejecting its paid promotion of a new report on gun violence in the news, categorizing it as "political content." more
July 30, 2018 | Brian Kanyemba
PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II is the USAID Global Health (GH) bureau’s premier fellowship program that identifies and supports diverse, technically excellent professionals at all levels to achieve the Agency’s health priorities. In this interview, intern Brian Kanyemba discusses what drew him to the USAID fellowship, what inspires his work, and his advice for the next generation of global health professionals.
"My dream as a mid-career health professional has been to better understand the sources of funding and programs for key populations, and to work with developmental partners. I came to GHFP-II with years of experience in HIV programs. This internship was an opportunity to advance my professional development, and contribute my skills to USAID to ensure the HIV response addresses the health, social and human rights challenges key populations face." more
July 12, 2018 | Stephanie Miceli, Global Health Fellows Program II
A Parliamentarian turned nonprofit executive. A pediatrician and youth advocate. A professor who’s on the ballot in November. These individuals might otherwise have little in common, but as a group of high school students learned this summer, they all found a path to working in global health.
For the third year in a row, PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II and FACES for the Future Coalition held their Global Health Youth Summit in Washington, DC, for high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to network with global health professionals, expand their knowledge of the field, and learn how their personal assets make them ideal for careers in global health. more
Connecting RWJF’s Culture of Health Measures and the Network’s Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities
June 29, 2018 | Tamara Dubowitz, Carolyn Miller, Margaret Tait, Anita Chandra
There are clear overlaps between the Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network and the Culture of Health Action Framework and Measures from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. First, improving communities and the lives of people living in them sits at the core of the Culture of Health vision. This cannot be done with silos between community leaders and the community members they serve. Rather, this mission must be completed with a focus on achieving equity and not simply closing gaps or disparities. Learn more about the convergence points between these principles and measures, and weigh in on whether they reflect what’s happening in your community. more
June 28, 2018
Each year, PHI's FACES for the Future shows their appreciation for a few of the Coalition’s supporters, champions, and partners by naming scholarships in their honor. This is also a way to thank them for their commitment to FACES students and mission. This year, through an online crowdfunding campaign, FACES donations were able to support six $1,500 scholarships for FACES Health Scholars. Thank you to the generous donors who made these scholarships possible. Your kind contributions will help provide support and some relief for these FACES health scholars as they enter their first year of college in Fall of 2018. more
June 28, 2018 | Denilson Oliveira
Leaders and authorities from the public, private and philanthropic sectors met for the second time on May 15, 2018 in Espaço França, São Paulo as part of the Intersectoral Forum to Fight NCDs in Brazil. Through sharing knowledge and pooling resources, they continued to work towards solving the issues of chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in Brazil. more
How California health departments are advancing health equity: Lessons learned on community, collaboration, and communication
June 21, 2018 | Katherine Schaff, Berkeley Media Studies Group
It wasn't that long ago when health departments began to ramp up their message that racial and health inequities exist and must be addressed. New case studies from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group show how much progress health departments in California's Monterey, Napa and San Mateo counties have made toward addressing racial and health inequities through innovative solutions, community power-building, and effective communication.
One common theme that runs through each of the case studies: Strong communication starts with community collaboration and partnerships. more
June 14, 2018 | Tracy Delaney, Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Until now, few resources have been available for health care professionals to evaluate local factors correlated to life expectancy and explore the community conditions where their patients live. On June 14, 2018, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California released its California Healthy Places Index (HPI). This powerful new resource can be used across California to explore community conditions that predict life expectancy, compare and rank scores at multiple geographies, and learn about concrete and actionable policy solutions. It was intentionally designed to inform and support prioritization of public and private investments, resource allocations, program planning and service delivery – and the Public Health Alliance purposefully structured the HPI to go beyond problem identification into solution discovery. more
June 05, 2018 | PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition
PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition is helping to support a Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project at Meadows Union K-8 School, located in Imperial County CA. The program targets middle school aged youth in the After-School setting. This year, the cohort of sixth through eighth graders who call themselves Helping Hands, Active Knights (HHAK) decided to examine how much fruits and vegetables students are throwing away from their school lunch by conducting a food waste study. Youth designed everything in the study from the flow of traffic, the roles for youth and adults, and an interview process for select students. more
June 01, 2018 | Lauryn Claassen, Berkeley Media Studies Group
Because advocates are increasingly leveraging social channels like Twitter to influence policy decisions, researchers at PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group set out to see how the platform is being used to highlight the connection between two critical health and social justice issues: racism and trauma.
We know from research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that racism, childhood trauma, and toxic stress are closely linked and can have devastating implications for long-term health outcomes. But how effectively are childhood trauma advocates using social media to convey this message? Are they making the connections between trauma, toxic stress, and racism? Are they participating in the dialogue surrounding #BlackLivesMatter, which saw a meteoric rise on social media and arguably ignited the "movement moment?" And are childhood trauma and racial justice experts and thought-leaders listening to each other on Twitter to strengthen the movement and work toward solutions? more
May 25, 2018 | CA4Health
On April 18th, partners and allies from across California came together in Sacramento to network and learn about how to engage in advocacy in support of Food Equity, Criminal Justice Reform, Housing, Water and Beverage Equity and Health Equity Regardless of Immigration Status. more
May 15, 2018 | Anne Kelsey Lamb, Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (RAMP)
School-based health care is a powerful tool for addressing asthma and reducing health disparities, and that school-based health centers (SBHCs) play a key role in this work. Throughout the country 2,315 SBHCs are serving an ethnically diverse population of more than 2 million children, primarily in low-income areas. Nearly 90 percent of these SBHCs offer chronic disease management, including asthma management, and research shows that SBHCs are already leaders in the clinical management of asthma. SBHC users are less likely to go to the emergency department (ED) or be hospitalized for asthma, have asthma-related restricted activity days, or miss school as a result of their asthma. RAMP is launching a new cohort of SBHCs in the Fall of 2018. We encourage all interested SBHCs to consider applying (Deadline: August 17, 2018). more
May 08, 2018 | Brooke Briggance, FACES for the Future Coalition
"Underrepresentation in medicine has consequences for our workforce and for our communities," writes Brooke Briggance, Deputy Director for PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition (FACES). FACES is working to address that challenge by exposing diverse high school students to healthcare role models who look like them, and partners with PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II on internship placement and career exploration in various healthcare settings, individualized tutoring, college preparation and psychosocial services. more
May 01, 2018 | Colby Dailey and Douglas Jutte, Build Healthy Places Network
Partnership is hard. With different cultures, unique jargon, and varied priorities and objectives, forming working relationships across sectors to advance common goals takes time and commitment. PHI's Build Healthy Places Network started asking: Where is the starting point for collaboration? What is the pathway? Are there foundational values that help pave the way for effective solutions for building healthy and prosperous communities? more
April 26, 2018 | PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II
USAID’s country strategies increasingly call for integrated, cross-sectoral approaches, but it's more than a buzz term. For communities, these approaches are long overdue, and they make sense. Single-sector projects and interventions have been the norm in many development programs. However, they don’t always reflect the holistic way in which people lead their lives. more
April 24, 2018
On April 11th, Amy DeLisio, Acting Director of Public Health Institute's Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN), testified in support of Assembly Bill 2335. The bill would create the Small Business Nutrition Incentive Program within the Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program for select pilot counties in California. In her testimony, Amy explains why increasing healthy food purchasing for low-income families and encouraging the participation of more local corner stores is a win-win. more