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Mentoring the Next Generation of Global Health

July 28, 2016 | Global Health Fellows Program II

The Global Health Youth Summit (GHYS) is an innovative, first-of-its-kind program for high school students to learn about USAID and careers in global health. Provided by USAID’s Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II at the Public Health Institute (PHI), the Summit is designed to support the early growth and development of the next generation of global health professionals. Students came to Washington, DC to learn directly from USAID professionals and gain an appreciation for the intricacies and opportunities of global health work. They left with a stronger desire to work in global health professions, and a better sense of where their skills and interests might fit in.

The GHYS was a collaboration between the leadership of GHFP-II staff at PHI, and complementary partner at PHI, FACES for the Future Coalition (FACES), which connects third and fourth year high school students with healthcare career internships and coursework.  more

Inspired to Solve Global Health Problems

July 28, 2016 | David, Global Health Youth Summit Participant

Hundreds of youth from around the country recently converged in Washington DC for the Global Health Youth Summit, hosted by our Global Health Fellows Program II and FACES for the Future programs. David, a high-school participant, shares what he learned from the summit and his aspirations for becoming a global health professional.  more

Growth & Change with RPCV Outreach

July 27, 2016 | Sylvie Rousseau, Global Health Fellows Program II

Sylvie Rousseau reflects on her four years at the Global Health Fellows Program II and the 240+ events she planned or attended. After meeting with hundreds of people and fielding thousands of questions she has learned to head off common misunderstandings and worries, and has gotten to see many “aha” moments in people’s careers. Sylvie identifies three lessons from her years of recruiting global health professionals.  more

Kill Em With Soda: An Open Letter to Selena Gomez and Other Pop Stars Shilling Sugary Drinks

July 18, 2016 | Fernando Quintero, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Sugary drinks are the leading source of excess calories and a major contributor to diabetes, heart disease and other nutrition-related illnesses. Communities of color, particularly Latinos and African Americans, suffer the most from these diseases.

PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group explains: By being the face of Coke's new campaign and lending her hit song titles for Coke to display on its labels, Selena Gomez is in essence encouraging our youth to drink what some scientists have called poison.  more

Summer Recess Has Begun: Take Action with CA4Health

July 13, 2016

Summer Recess has begun—now is the time to determine what action you and your partners are will take this summer. PHI's CA4Health is dedicated to assisting in the process of engagement throughout summer and supporting broad movement both across the network and the state. Learn more about their new tools, resources, and tips for communicating with legislators over the Summer Recess.   more

Creating a Pro Bono Dream Team

July 11, 2016 | Melissa Mattoon

Aubrey, Austin, and Darrell run through their final presentation to the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health.What do you get when you task a consultant, a scientist, and a marketing specialist from different backgrounds, companies, and countries with solving a complex challenge in a complex environment? In the case of one Global Health Corporate Champion team, you get results. 

This blog post by PYXERA Global highlights how PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II's Global Health Corporate Champions initiative is using pro bono teams from companies across multiple industries to address key public health challenges in collaboration with local non-profits and social enterprises in Accra, Ghana.  more

New Interactive Index Tool Gives Snapshot of Health Disadvantages in California Communities

July 01, 2016

Where are the most health disadvantaged communities in California? To provide a census-tract level snapshot of the social determinants of health across California and a mechanism to inform the design of interventions in underserved communities, PHI’s Public Health Alliance of Southern California has developed the new California Health Disadvantage Index in collaboration with health departments across the state, featuring a user-friendly interactive mapping tool with key factors to identify populations most vulnerable to poor health outcomes.  more

Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve: Four Policy Recommendations for Healthy Housing

June 27, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

Dr. Megan T. Sandel and Laurel Blatchford of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. weigh in on the key to better health and well-being for affordable housing residents: integration of health care and services.  more

What Philadelphia's Soda Tax Can Teach Us About Health Framing

June 22, 2016 | Heather Gelhert, Berkeley Media Studies Group

In the days following Philadelphia's historic passage of a tax on sugary drinks, many public health advocates have been asking what this means for soda tax messaging efforts in other cities. Although Philly's tax will ultimately benefit health—funds will go toward universal preschool, which is linked to better health outcomes—the tax wasn't framed that way. One of the main messages coming from the city was much broader, with local leaders portraying the tax as a much-needed source of revenue that would help ease the city's struggles with poverty and build a better future for all Philadelphians, especially its children. 

PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group explores if other locales should follow Philly's lead and think outside of explicit health framesor should they take a cue from Berkeley, California, whose 2014 passage of the country's first soda tax was more overtly health-focused.   more

AMA Adopts New Guidance for Ethical Practice in Telehealth & Telemedicine

June 21, 2016 | Center for Connected Health Policy

This month, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted new guidance for ethical practice in telehealth and telemedicine. PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy explains the new guideline measures, and outlines what they mean for practicing physicians.   more

Immersing Youth in Global Health

June 21, 2016 | Tomas Magaña, FACES for the Future

For the past two years, PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition has proudly partnered with the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II to develop a global health career pathway for diverse youth underrepresented in global health. To this end, our goals are to expose youth to global health careers at an early stage of their educational development and to inspire them to pursue careers in global health. GHFP-II and FACES believe that our youth reflect the diversity of backgrounds and lived experiences that will make them ideally suited for global health careers.

In a new blog post, FACES Founder and Director Tomas Magaña explores how these two PHI programs partner to create a learning pathway for diverse, underrepresented and disadvantaged youth into the global health workforce.   more

New Video Highlights Voices from San Francisco FACES for the Future Program

June 16, 2016

PHI's FACES for the Future Program at John O’Connell High School (JOCHS) was established in 2015 in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Unified School District. FACES is a 2-year healthcare internship and leadership development program for high school juniors and seniors. The program supports entry into healthcare professions with internships, workshops, academic support, college preparation, and wellness support. FACES also tracks alumni after high school to ensure college retention and access to career pathways. See a new video from the JOCHS program's inaugural year, and hear directly from current students how FACES is helping open up new doors into the healthcare field.  more

At the Nexus of Health and Place in the Country’s Most Diverse Neighborhood

June 14, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

Fifteen years ago, community practitioners say, the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage, Alaska, was a place one might prefer to leave. Crime was high and the schools were struggling. Liquor stores and pawnshops dotted the commercial corridor, and the community did not have a financial institution or access to health care. Most residents lived in substandard multifamily buildings that had been developed in a flurry during the oil boom to accommodate Trans-Alaska Pipeline workers.

But residents and community development leaders knew Mountain View was a place with potential.   more

Access Matters: California State University Students Ready and Raring for Global Health Careers

June 13, 2016 | Sylvie Rousseau

Back-to-back career fairs showed Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) staff member Sylvie Rousseau the importance of the California State University system in providing diverse students access to high-quality global health preparation. How can USAID and PHI's GHFP-II fill in the gaps?   more

PHI's Alcohol Research Group Working to Support the Translation of Alcohol Measures

May 25, 2016

PHI's Alcohol Research Group recently received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant sub-award in collaboration with BrightOutcome, an innovative software development company that focuses on creating applications to improve population health. Learn more about their innovative project.  more

Building Health Organically in a Small Florida Community

May 20, 2016

Five years ago, when residents of Bithlo, Fla. got sick, they had to drive—or take an ambulance—to a hospital 15 miles away in Orlando. There was no doctor’s office or urgent care facility in their town of 8,200. Practitioners knew that building a healthy community required more than providing access to primary care or clean water. It would need a more holistic approach. Therefore, the collaboration between public and private partners focuses on nine areas necessary for overall wellness: education, transportation, housing, basic needs, a sense of community, health care, the environment, economic opportunity, and arts and athletics.  more

Whose Voices are Missing from News Coverage of Soda Taxes?

May 20, 2016 | Heather Gelhert

Dr. Vicki Alexander speaks out against the harms of the soda industry.  Photo courtesy of Berkeley vs. Big Soda.Low-income families and communities of color—the same groups who suffer disproportionately from diabetes and are targeted most aggressively by the sugary drink industry—tend to support efforts to tax soda as much as or more than their wealthier, white counterparts. However, you wouldn't know this from most news coverage of soda taxes. That's because the voices of those who have been the most harmed by soda industry products and marketing are seldom featured in the media.

To learn about the role of community voices in public health battles, PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Grup spoke with Dr. Vicki Alexander, a retired Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Director for Berkeley, who was instrumental in the city's soda tax victory. In this Q&A, Alexander explains how the soda industry has affected her family, how the Berkeley soda tax campaign highlighted authentic voices to push back against industry rhetoric, and what lessons public health advocates in other cities can learn from Berkeley.  more

At Howard University, a Budding Interest in Global Health Can Grow

May 18, 2016 | Stacy Terrell, Global Health Fellows Program II

How can today's students enter the global health workforce to help improve our current health systems? PHI's Stacey Terrell, Lead for Diversity and Communications at our Global Health Fellows Program II, spoke with Christina Amutah, Howard University Globe Med Chapter's Co-President and a senior Political Science major and Chemistry minor. Following graduation, Christina will be a Princeton in Africa fellow at the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Botswana.   more

How Baton Rouge Got Its Hospitals to Join Forces to Improve Residents’ Health

May 16, 2016

In 2015, five major hospitals in Baton Rouge, Louisiana came together to conduct the country's first Joint Community Health Needs Assessment. Now, the partnership is helping to improve neighborhood and health by generating funding for mobile farmers’ markets in areas that lack stores with fresh food, and outlining ways to make HIV screenings available at community events, urgent care clinics, and college campuses.  more

The Future of Global Health: Unconference Recap

May 13, 2016

On April 14th, PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II and partner Global Health Council hosted the third Future of Global Health Unconference. This non-traditional forum featured interactive discussions and one-on-one mentoring with seasoned professionals and 350 future Global Health professionals.  more

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