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The Start of a New Chapter: Protecting Survivors of Domestic Violence in Nigeria

June 12, 2019 | Nsini Udonta

Nsini Udonta shares her story of how PHI's Rise Up helped her develop new skills and build her confidence as a leader with their Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator.   more

Data That Speaks Across Sectors

June 06, 2019 | Douglas Jutte, Alison Moore and Renee Roy Elias

Public health, community development and other fields are increasing their collaboration to address the social determinants of health (SDoH)—factors like affordable housing, stable employment, consistent transportation, healthy food access and quality schools. But how is each sector defining SDoH, and how are they measuring them? When it comes to talking about SDoH, are we even speaking the same language?  more

How Can We Connect Racial and Health Equity with Housing in News Coverage?

May 29, 2019 | Katherine Schaff

The latest news analysis from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group offers insights into how Bay Area housing justice and public health organizations are leveraging the media to support their policy agendas and elevate the connection to health. Based on those insights, here are seven recommendations for practitioners and advocates working to make safe, affordable homes a reality in their communities.  more

“Equity can happen anywhere:” California’s SGC Adopts Racial Equity Action Plan

May 02, 2019

SGC Deputy Director Jessica Buendia, presenting the REAP to SGC.On April 30, 2019, California’s Strategic Growth Council (SGC) adopted an historic Racial Equity Action Plan with a unanimous vote, endorsement that is multisectoral and at the highest levels of California state government.   more

ENACT Day Caps 15th Year with Broadened Focus on California Policy

May 01, 2019

California ENACT Day celebrated its 15th year of gathering youth and community advocates of all ages in the state's capitol to meet with legislators about the policies and health equity issues that are important to them and their communities. Advocates received education on key health equity topics and how to conduct visits with their legislators. They then headed to the capitol to talk directly with their representatives, including critical party and committee leadership.   more

Rise Up: Supporting Changemakers in Our Own Backyard

April 30, 2019 | Denise Raquel Dunning, Rise Up

PHI's Rise Up recently launched their first ever California Initiative to improve the lives of girls and women in the Central Valley and Bay Area. Rise Up is investing in 20 California leaders who are tackling some of our state’s and our country’s toughest problems—advocating for incarcerated women and their families in Sacramento, standing up against human trafficking in Frenso, ensuring justice for trans women in Salinas and Oakland, fighting for girls’ education and empowerment in Modesto, and enabling homeless youth to get the support they need in San Francisco.  more

Rise Up Fellow Spotlights: Meet Nasreen Ansari from India

April 25, 2019

Meet Nasreen Ansari, a new fellow from PHI's Rise Up Fellowship cohort in Maharashtra, India. Nasreen recently received the prestigious C. Subramaniam Community Leadership Award for her work to improve education, public health, and sanitation for residents of informal settlements (also known as “slums”) in Nagpur city. As a Rise Up Fellow and graduate of our Advocacy and Leadership Accelerator, Nasreen is accessing new resources and opportunities to help push her work for girls’ education in her community—and across her state—to the next level.

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Meet the IMPT Secretariat Staff: Kathreen Daria, IMPT Project Coordinator

April 24, 2019 | Kathreen Daria

PHI's Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) is dedicated to advancing the comprehensive sexual and reproductive health of women and girls worldwide. The Secretariat staff, who manage this global learning network, comprise a group of women who have worked a combined eight decades in the women’s health and sexual and reproductive health fields. This post features Kathreen Daria, IMPT Project Coordinator, who describes her journey to the IMPT field through coursework and volunteer experiences serving under-resourced communities.  more

Telling a More Complete Story About Child Welfare

April 09, 2019 | Heather Gehlert, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Child abuse occurs in nearly 60 percent of households where domestic violence is identified, but you’re unlikely to learn that from reading the news. In “The Child Welfare System in U.S. News: What’s Missing?" Berkeley Media Studies Group researchers found that domestic violence appeared in only 12 percent of stories about the child welfare system, and most of those stories only mentioned domestic violence in passing.  more

What's New: 2018-2019 PHI/CDC Fellows' Highlights

April 08, 2019 | PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program

The day-to-day life of a fellow varies from fellowship to fellowship, but each placement offers the opportunity for professional growth and hands-on experience with one of the nation’s most prominent public health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year, the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program fellows have been busy using their time and unique positions within the CDC to expand their global public health skill sets and even venture outside the field to share their stories.

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Domestic Violence in Northern California Targeted by Blue Shield Foundation Grant

April 03, 2019

Public Health Institute was one of six organizations that was awarded a grant in December 2018 from the Blue Shield of California Foundation, and is part of the Foundation’s long-term efforts to address the root causes of domestic violence through collaborative, community-based solutions. In this grantmaking round, the Foundation awarded a total of $2.4 million to work across multiple sectors to end domestic violence.

Through this grant, experts at PHI's Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) identified the connection between the region’s rise in domestic violence rates, and high rates of adverse childhood experiences. PHIL is supporting the ACE Collaborative, a partnership between various north county institutions intent on developing policy and systems changes that are designed to reduce domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences  more

Demolishing the White Savior Complex as a Student of Color

April 03, 2019 | Global Health Fellows Program II

During GlobeMed Week at Howard University, a panel of past and future GROW (Grassroots On-site Work) participants reflected on their internship in Malawi last summer, their hopes for this summer's cohort of interns - and what it means to be a student of color working abroad.

Students also discussed their goals for their assignment at Nancholi Youth Organization (NAYO), GlobeMed at Howard's grassroots partner since 2017. The chapter sent its first set of GROW interns to Malawi that same year, who partnered with NAYO to design comprehensive health, education and life skills services for teens living with HIV.  more

Meet the IMPT Secretariat Staff: Bethany Young Holt, IMPT Director

March 27, 2019

The Initiative for MPTs (IMPT) is dedicated to advancing the comprehensive sexual and reproductive health of women and girls worldwide. The Secretariat staff, who manage this global learning network, comprise a group of women who have worked a combined eight decades in the women’s health and sexual and reproductive health fields. From working with underserved women in Mauritania and the Ivory Coast as Peace Corps volunteers, to HIV testing and counseling in Baltimore, to community organizing in San Francisco and Sacramento, to conducting ethnographic research in Newfoundland, to coordinating HIV prevention clinical trials in Cape Town, our team’s diverse experiences and skills have contributed to the strategic advancement of the MPT field.

In our new blog series entitled ‘Meet the Secretariat Staff’, we dive deeper into our unique stories and united passion to improve the health of women worldwide. This inaugural post features IMPT Director Bethany Young Holt.  more

Can the Healthcare Industry Make Communities Healthy?

March 18, 2019 | Dr. Douglas P. Jutte & Carol Naughton

Groundbreaking of the West Lakes Early Learning Center in Orlando, Fla.Across the country, insurance companies and healthcare providers are helping to lead the way in addressing the social determinants of health—to really transform the communities that need it the most—by making investments in housing affordable for people of different means, high-quality early childhood education and schools from the earliest age, and community resources that support health and wellbeing.

Learn more about this growing movement in a new Medium piece from Dr. Douglas Jutte, of PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, and Carol Naughton of Purpose Build Communities.   more

Getting Your Op-Ed Published: Lessons From A Media Advocate

March 13, 2019 | Daphne Marvel, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Have you ever picked up a newspaper and flipped through the opinion pages, or clicked on the opinion section of your favorite news outlet’s website, and wondered how a non-journalist came to have their story published? Op-eds provide a platform for members of the public to make their voices heard. Whether you’re an advocate who wants to expand the dialogue on an issue, or an academic who sees a gap in the current conversation around your area of expertise, op-eds provide an opportunity to have your ideas and perspective amplified.

While getting an op-ed placed is no small feat, once you know what goes into writing and submitting one of these pieces, having your own published is within reach. Read tips from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group.  more

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.

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