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Adapt & Grow: How to Excel at Your Day Job While Building the Skills You’ll Need for Your Dream Job

September 22, 2016 | Elise Mann, Global Health Fellows Program II

Elise Mann, a fellow at PHI's Global Health Fellow’s Program (GHFP) II, is the Lead for the Performance and Career Development, where she is responsible for ensuring that our Fellows have the performance and career development support they need to be effective in the global health workforce. She shares her reflections from her past eight years at GHFP-II.

GHFP-II seeks to improve the effectiveness of USAID's population, health and nutrition programs overseas by developing and increasing the capacity of health professionals.  more

When Cultures Collide: Leveraging Soft Skills to Feel at Home Abroad

September 21, 2016 | David Godsted, Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II)

While technical skills are essential, non-technical skills play an even greater role in creating a successful global health career, especially cultural competency—the ability to navigate in a culture other than your own. David Godsted, Deputy Director of Global Health Fellows Program II, has spent many years in developing countries, working in the Middle East and other regions, and lists his top tips and tricks for living and working abroad with a focus on developing skills in cultural competency.   more

PHI at APHA 2016

September 16, 2016

Join PHI at the 2016 American Public Health Association meeting in Denver for over 35 presentations and events. Find more information in our interactive meeting guide.  more

Age-Friendly Health Centers: A Proving Ground for Change

September 13, 2016 | PDF | Candace Baldwin, Capital Impact Partners

California is often an incubator for social innovation and several of the state's Federally Qualified Health Centers have established themselves as models of how to provide integrated care for the "whole person" through community partnerships, changes in processes, and a commitment to making the Affordable Care Act's new pay-for-performance model cost efficient. Innovations in Berkeley, Napa, Redding and Yolo Counties are solving some of the many challenges in meeting the care needs of an aging population.  more

For Healthier People, We Need Healthier Neighborhoods

September 08, 2016 | Amy Gillman

Very few people recognize the mounting data showing the linkages between place and physical wellbeing, and many people do not think of the connection between personal health and the neighborhood one lives in.

In this blog from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, read about a few successful partnerships between universities, hospitals, philanthropy, law enforcement, businesses and policymakers to assess local needs, leverage community assets, ramp up community engagement and measure what works  more

Understanding Difference is a Key to Success for Young Leaders in Global Health

September 06, 2016 | Stacy Terrell, Global Health Fellows Program II

Over 130 college student leaders with a passion for global health from across the country came together during the recent GlobeMed Leadership Institute, sponsored by PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) and discussed the skills for successfully leading in an increasingly complex global health environment. The students represented the diversity of the American college experience, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions, and brought their own unique perspectives to build from.

The Leadership Institute led participants through a workshop that emphasized the importance of becoming competent at interpersonal relationships, especially in the face of new cultures, and included a few key takeaways.  more

Addressing Healthcare’s Blindside in Albuquerque’s Southside by Joining Forces

September 06, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

Creating a healthy community requires vision, expertise, and commitment, but it also requires funders who are dedicated to building a "wellness economy." In Albuquerque, the First Choice Community Healthcare organization is building a new $22 million health system with the help of a BUILD Health Challenge grant that will help mitigating socio-economic inequities. In this blog from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, Michelle Melendez, MPA, Development Director at First Choice Community Healthcare, shares the process of planning and funding a new venture through joint partnerships.  more

Three Ways that Connecting with CDFIs is Furthering Health Equity Goals in Harris County

September 06, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

The Harris County BUILD Health Partnership aims to address childhood obesity in north Pasadena by directly improving social determinants, starting with a new healthy local food system. Joining Forces Grantee and Build Healthy Places Network Commons speaker, Jennifer Hadayia of Harris County Public Health, discusses how partnering with CDFIs can help achieve health equity goals.  more

Building Community Around Food Access

September 06, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

How is a grocery store a social justice issue? Developing a full-line grocery store in the Mason Square section of Springfield, Massachusetts will give residents better access to healthy food, as well as help to build a healthy community by providing access to jobs, increasing investment and addressing an inequitable pattern of development that has long denied area residents access to a wide range of goods and services including fresh and healthy foods. In this post, Joining Forces Grantee and Build Healthy Places Network Commons speaker, Jay Minkarah of DevelopSpringfield, discusses how partnering with CDFIs can help achieve health equity goals.  more

Cultural Shifts and the Evolving the National Alcohol Survey

August 30, 2016

The National Alcohol Survey first launched in 1964, and over time, PHI's Alcohol Research Group has helped to modify the survey to account for shifts in our society, our population, and how we communicate with each other.

By integrating the changes in the makeup and cultural norms of the U.S. population, the survey has continued to say relevant and uncover how trends in drinking patterns come about over time and the various protective and risk factors that shape drinking patterns and problems.  more

Staying Above Water: How One New Orleans Native Is Fighting for Her City in Hurricane Katrina’s Long Wake

August 29, 2016 | Elizabeth Futrell

In the eleven years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf region of the U.S., compelling and often contradictory depictions of post-Katrina New Orleans have emerged. Nakita Shavers’ powerful story profiles the destruction of her family's home and the subsequent loss of her brother. She is now a part of PHI's Youth Champions Initiative and her work in New Orleans is impacting youth throughout the city.

Shavers’ family was featured in two acclaimed portrayals of New Orleans. Her brother Dinerral Shavers, an esteemed jazz drummer, appeared in Spike Lee’s documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, and later, his tragic death and funeral were woven into the story lines of David Simon and Eric Overmyer’s HBO drama series Treme.  more

Digital Health Solutions for Vulnerable Populations

August 26, 2016 | Jacob Kraybill

The popularity of digital health solutions and mHealth apps has exploded over the past few years, but the clinical review of best practices has lagged behind, especially in the use of these apps by vulnerable populations.

A recent Dialogue4Health webinar started to fill in this gap with PHI’s Valerie Steinmetz and Andrew Broderick, MA, MBA, presenting data from recent focus groups they conducted in three vulnerable communities around the country and Dan Gillette, BA, EdM reviewing the current state of digital health apps.

Read their results and suggestions for improving digital access for vulnerable populations.  more

To Make Real Progress On The Sustainable Development Goals, We Need More Collaboration and Communication

August 18, 2016 | Mark Horoszowski, Co-founder of MovingWorlds.org and Katie Levey, Director of Media Relations at PYXERA Global

Meet Daniel Mensah, the Executive Director of HealthKeepers Network, a network of entrepreneurial women in rural Ghana who sell quality healthcare products within their neighborhoods in the country’s hardest-to-reach areas—regions where basic health services are severely limited or unavailable. HealthKeepers now has a new, five-year strategic plan to guide its growth in the face of Ghana’s changing donor environment, a result of its work with the Global Health Corporate Champions.

To make real progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, we need more collaboration and communication. That's why the Global Health Corporate Champions initiative is using a unique approach to cross-sector collaboration and addressing the true complexity that accompanies partnership. The U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health established a framework through its Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, a program implemented by the Public Health Institute in partnership with PYXERA Globaland engaged the expertise found in the private sector to support local health programs.

This blog originally appeared on Huffington Posts' "What's Working" series.  more

Health Equity and the Role for Community Development

August 16, 2016 | Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH and Colby Dailey, MPP, Build Healthy Places Network

As our nation struggles with what is fair and just, and for whom, the urgent call for equity rings loudly. In philanthropy, equity is high on the agenda among major players, for example, the Ford Foundation, Kresge, Kellogg, the California Endowment, and many others.

This post from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network explores why equity is fundamentally at the intersection of community development and health.


Ten Questions from Food Tank for Michael Dimock, Director of PHI's Roots of Change

August 11, 2016

Read a Q&A on food systems challenges and opportunities, between PHI's Michael Dimock, Director of  our program Roots of Change and Food Tank, a nonprofit organization working to build a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters.  more

Global Health Corporate Champions In Ghana - An Emerging Market Bootcamp

August 11, 2016 | Amanda MacArthur, PYXERA Global

Last month, employees from PwC, PIMCO, and the Dow Chemical Company came to Accra, Ghana from throughout the US and Europe to take part in the Global Health Corporate Champions, an activity of PHI’s Global Health Fellows Program-II (GHFP-II).

They spent one ambitious and demanding month working side-by-side with leaders from Ghanan organizations and they delivered projects including a business plan, charting one organization’s strategic direction for the next five years, and a communications strategy for another, complete with new materials and processes.

The learning that comes out of these projects is not one-sided, nor is it limited to nonprofits. Applying professional skills in a cross-sector, emerging market setting builds a participant’s leadership chops — accelerating emotional intelligence and increasing their understanding of the nuances of working in a globalized economy.  more

Using Housing Tax Credits to Invest in Well-being

August 03, 2016 | Michelle Rushing, Georgia Health Policy Center

Enhancing affordable housing with realistic, evidence-based public health approaches is an investment in the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.  more

Federal Reserve Tackles Ties Between Poverty and Health

August 03, 2016 | Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network

The Federal Reserve and public health? It may be a suprise, but for several years the nation’s bank has funneled resources into projects that bridge health and community development.

This post from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network explores how the Federal Reserve views health care as having an effect on the country's gross domestic produce and believes that lower costs in the sector could lead to more innovation and profitability for businesses. The Healthy Communities Initiative, a partnership between the regional Fed banks and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, encourages collaboration across the two sectors.


Building Healthy Communities One ZIP Code at a Time

August 03, 2016 | Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network

All nonprofit healthcare systems are required by the Affordable Care Act to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments to look more holistically at the drivers of poor health and incentivize providers to address the social determinants of health.
This post from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network explores how in Reno, this requirement has catalyzed partnerships nationally between the healthcare system and local health authorities. Leaders in the community development, public, and private sectors are tackling the barriers to health in one of its highest-needs ZIP codes.

Say Yes to Virtual Career Fairs

August 03, 2016 | Maribel Sierra and Neha Shah, Global Health Fellows Program II

PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II has recruited hundreds of public health professionals into fellowships with USAID and is always on the lookout for new and effective ways to reach diverse and talented audiences.

In this post, PHI's Health Career Connection Intern on the GHFP-II Communications, Outreach and Diversity team, Neha Shah reflects on her experience shares top tips for navigating the search for global health opportunities, including participation in virtual career fairs.  more

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