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Tools of the Trade: Measuring the Health-Related Returns of Community Development

February 13, 2018 | Renee Roy Elias, Build Healthy Places Network

Partnerships are becoming more the norm and less the exception, but how do we know that they are actually having a good effect on health, well-being, and economic opportunity? What indicators are most powerful for showing the health-related returns of community development? Where does a community developer even begin in thinking about measurement?

Field leaders agree that in order to sustain and target investments in holistic community development efforts and support the partnerships that make them happen, it's critical to find answers to these questions. Thankfully, there are numerous resources designed for this purpose. This includes mapping tools, indices, data sources, systems for pooling health and socioeconomic data, and technical assistance networks to support outcome evaluations. A new blog from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network provides a snapshot of the kinds of resources that can help you meet your measurement needs.  more

Big Data and the Transformation of Food and Beverage Marketing: What Can Public Health Advocates Do About It?

January 31, 2018 | Daphne Marvel, Berkeley Media Studies Group

A recent commentary co-authored by PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) and published in Critical Public Health explores how six cutting-edge digital marketing techniques may be undermining public health efforts to improve nutrition and reduce obesity. In a new blog post, BMSG interviews Jeffrey Chester, director of the Center for Digital Democracy and a co-author of the Critical Public Health commentary, to learn more about the implications of Big Data marketing strategies.  more

Why "At-Promise" Youth are Good for Global Health

January 26, 2018

Pictured: FACES for the Future Founding Director Tomás Magaña works with students at Global Health Youth Summit.Over the past three years, PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition has proudly partnered with the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to prepare at-promise youth for careers in global health. Our work is based on the premise that these young people are ideally suited for global health careers because they have developed the necessary competencies for effective global health practice through their lived experiences.

Learn more about this partnership in a new blog post from Tomás A. Magaña, MD, MA, Founder & Director of PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition.  more

Highlights of PHI's Impact in 2017

January 22, 2018

Over the past year, we 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 defend healthcare and improve health equity, to build capacity among those working on the frontlines of our most pressing health issues—and much more. 

View some highlights from the work of PHI and our programs in 2017.  more

ACEs in the News: How Can Advocates Communicate More Effectively About Childhood Trauma?

December 20, 2017 | Sarah Han, Berkeley Media Studies Group

At PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group, we know that the way an issue is framed in the news shapes our view both of the problem and of potential solutions. One step toward developing more effective strategies to communicate about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is to find out how they appear in the news.

BMSG's latest Issue examines media coverage of childhood trauma to see how advocates, community leaders and journalists are communicating about ACEs and how they can be prevented.


2017 in State Telehealth Policy

December 19, 2017 | Center for Connected Health Policy

It was an active year for state telehealth legislation in 2017. Among 34 states and DC, 62 legislative bills passed in 2017, up from 48 bills in 2016. Unlike past years, where much legislation focused on enacting new telehealth private payer bills, the majority of legislation was focused on modifying already existing Medicaid and private payers reimbursement laws or policy. Additionally, establishing board practice standards and requirements around the physician-patient relationship and prescribing continued to grow. Other noteworthy trends included the enactment of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, and two states enacted the Interjurisdictional Psychology Compact. Emerging areas of interest was the ability to incorporate telehealth into calculations for network adequacy, restrictions on insurance companies limiting their reimbursement to a specific technology, and the allowance to prescribe controlled substances via telehealth under specific circumstances and within federal limits.

See the highlights and full round-up of state-approved legislation for 2017, from PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy.  more

ReImagining the Future of Small Industrial Cities

December 06, 2017 | Build Healthy Places Network

Fitchburg, MA - City Hall

As part of the Healthy Communities Initiative blog series, PHI's Build Healthy Places Network highlights the role of regional Federal Reserve Banks in supporting and enabling cross-sector collaboration across the community development and health sectors. This blog focuses on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s place-based strategies through the Working Cities Challenge in the city of Fitchburg.  more

Climate Change is Making Natural Disasters Worse, and More Likely. How Do We Protect the Most Vulnerable?

November 15, 2017 | Jennifer Scroggins, Public Health Institute

Deadly wildfires in California's wine country. Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico. Catastrophic flooding in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey.

The immediate links between these three historic disasters and climate change are evident, as are the impacts they have on lives and communities. But what is less discussed are the devastating health impacts connected to these events, some of which will linger for years to come. As with the natural disasters themselves, the impacts are greatest among those who are most vulnerable.


SACNAS: Tips for Transitioning from STEM to Global Health

October 26, 2017 | Jennifer Kaindi, Global Health Fellows Program II

How do advanced degrees in fields like biochemistry, plant pathology, molecular cell development, mathematics, microbiology, molecular biology, bioengineering, and virology intersect with global health?

Learn more in a new blog post from our Global Health Fellows Program II.   more

GOJoven’s Ivonne Miranda Chosen as Family Planning Leader for 120 Under 40 Award

September 27, 2017

Ivonne Miranda, M.A. in Psychology, alumna of GOJoven International and Co-founder and Trainer at the GOJoven Honduras Association since 2014, was selected for the 120 Under 40 Award: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, an initiative sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This global award recognizes and highlights Ivonne’s achievements as one of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide.  more

PHI Partner, CACHI, Expands New Health System Model to 15 Communities

September 26, 2017

PHI partnered with the State of California along with several other funders in 2016 to launch an ambitious effort, The California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI), which aims to modernize our health system, building on the Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) model. CACHI is supporting the implementation of a groundbreaking model that brings together clinical providers with public health departments, schools, social service agencies, community organizations, and others. Collectively, they hope to improve critical health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, trauma, and promote greater health equity.  more

Letters to the Editor: A Useful Advocacy Tool in Today's Media Environment?

September 12, 2017 | Daphne Marvel, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Image: Stack of newspapers

Newspapers, magazines and online media provide this free platform for people to speak out, and if it can help advocates garner support for their issue or shift the debate, why not make use of it? It can shape the dialogue around a public health or social justice issue, and if written compellingly and placed strategically, the letter could reach decision-makers and play a small but important part in bringing about policy change.  more

Taking Global Pro Bono to the Next Level

September 01, 2017 | Laura E. Asiala

Transformational. That’s the word that comes to mind when listening to the Global Health Corporate Champions describe their experiences—and lasting lessons—from a one-month pro bono immersion experience in Accra, Ghana.  more

How PHI's Rise Up Helped to Outlaw Child Marriage in Guatemala

August 31, 2017 | Rise Up

Advocates and girl leaders celebrate Guatemala's landmark new law outlawing child marriage.This month Guatemala officially outlawed child marriage, following a lengthy campaign led by PHI's Rise Up's amazing advocates, partners, and allies. This victory is a huge win for girls and women. Research demonstrates that girls who delay marriage are much more likely to stay in school, postpone childbearing, and grow into women who can pursue their own hopes for the future.

As this important victory in Guatemala shows, girls, youth, and women really do have the power to transform their own lives, communities, and countries.  more

Listening to Rural Georgia's Community Voices: Collecting Consumer Input to Improve Access to Healthy Food

August 29, 2017

HealthMPowers and CWN conducted over 230 surveys with community residents at intervention stores that have implemented healthy changes as part of HealthMPowers Community Initiative over the past year.

PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) works to build partnerships to change communities where poor diet, physical inactivity, and obesity are prevalent—empowering people to eat healthier foods, engage in physical activity, and create safer environments where healthy choices are accessible to all.

In July, CWN Deputy Director Amy DeLisio spent a week in Georgia to support partner HealthMPowers in collecting consumer intercept surveys in three rural, low-resourced counties across the state. Working with retailers to provide shoppers with adequate access to healthy foods is an integral part of public health efforts to prevent obesity, reduce certain chronic diseases, and enhance community vibrancy. Results will also be used to influence store owners to make additional healthy changes, such as stocking more fresh fruits and vegetables, increasing the number of healthy shelf stable items and adding more in store promotion of healthier products.  more

How Cross-Sector Partnerships are Creating a Path for Transformational Change in Detroit’s Winship Community

August 28, 2017 | Build Healthy Places Network

Image: the Detroit Medical Center’s Sinai Grace Hospital (Sinai-Grace Hospital)In Detroit, an innovate partnership between a local hospital system and a nonprofit housing organization is anchoring revitalization through a new community development corporation. In this post, PHI's Build Healthy Places Network features a story exploring how the Detroit Medical Center’s Sinai Grace Hospital (Sinai-Grace Hospital) and Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) have teamed up to leverage an anchor institution strategy for the thousands of hospital workers and neighborhood residents on the Winship Community.  more

FACES San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital Host 4th Annual Summer Medical Academy

August 23, 2017 | FACES for the Future Coalition

In 2009, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego (RCH) launched FACES for the Future (FACES) with the goal of facilitating healthcare careers among high risk youth in an underserved community. FACES is a four-year academic and career preparation program in partnership with San Diego Unified School District’s Hoover and Crawford High Schools, and part of PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition, which supports a collaborative of national programs, all based upon the FACES model, which work to address health equity for all communities through the training and empowerment of young people. Learn more about the FACES RCH Summer Programming.  more

The Business Case for Investing in Youth Through Global Health Education

August 17, 2017 | Brooke Briggance, FACES for the Future Coalition

FACES for the Future Coalition participants and GHFP-II staff pose with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (center) as part of the 2017 Global Health Youth SummitIn this piece, Brooke Briggance, Deputy Director at PHI's FACES for the Future, looks at how exposing traditionally underrepresented high school students to careers in global health pays off: by growing the healthcare workforce, diversifying the medical profession, supporting at-risk youth in vulnerable communities, and teaching youth about global health.  more

Edit with Confidence: Sharing Resume Tips with Next Generation Global Health Leaders

August 04, 2017 | Stephanie Gregory, GHFP-II Communications and Outreach Assistant

PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) works to develop the next generation of diverse and technically excellent global health professionals. In this post, GHFP-II Communications and Outreach Assistant Stephanie Gregory reflects on her experiences meeting with undergraduate students from Stanford University looking to build their global health resumes and shares tips.  more

Innovative Study Predicts Future Drinking Trends

August 01, 2017 | Alcohol Research Group

Image: Alcohol bottles lining a bar shelf.

In a meeting following the Kettil Brun Society symposium held in the UK, scientists with PHI's Alcohol Research Group (ARG) and their international collaborators, including members of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, met to exchange ideas about their latest project, the Calibrated Agent Simulations for Combined Analysis of Drinking Etiologies (CASCADE) study. This new study, led by engineering professor, Robin Purshouse, attempts to explain and predict population-level drinking trends over time using agent-based models. Other partner institutes include the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada, and joining the project in the fall, New York University.  more

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