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Supporting Healthy Stores & Shoppers with PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition

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

75 for 75

April 24, 2018

This year, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health celebrates its 75th anniversary. As part of its celebration of this milestone anniversary, Berkeley is honoring 75 of its most influential public health alumni over its history, all of whom have made enormous contributions to public health. Seven of PHI’s current and former staff and board members were also among this group, including PHI’s CEO and President, Mary A. Pittman. We'd like to share some of their contributions with you, and thank UC Berkeley SPH for shepherding them through their doors and launching them on their path to making the world a better, healthier and more equitable place for all of us.  more

How Has News Coverage of Gun Violence Changed Since Columbine?

April 19, 2018 | Lauryn Claassen, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Headlines from Columbine to ParklandAs we near the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School, and as PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) prepares to publish new research on news coverage of gun violence, BMSG's Lauryn Claassen sat down with BMSG head of research, Pamela Mejia, to talk about her memories of Columbine, how media coverage of gun violence has changed over the past two decades, what details are often missing from coverage, and how both journalists and advocates can help the public better understand the root causes of and solutions to gun violence.   more

Healthiest Nation 2030: This is What it Looks Like

April 05, 2018

Public health’s future depends on diversity. In honor of National Public Health Week 2018, PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II highlights stories from five students working in the field.  more

Investing in Community through Rhode Island’s Health Equity Zones

March 28, 2018 | Build Healthy Places Network

Data show that adjacent neighborhoods in the same cities often have striking differences in health outcomes. We spend an enormous amount on health care as a society, yet 80 percent of our health is determined outside the doctor’s office and inside our homes, schools, jobs, and neighborhoods. But we know that strong communities create health, and we all have a role to play in building them.

That's why the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is investing in community through its Health Equity Zone (HEZ) initiative, an innovative, place-based approach that brings people in a defined geographic area together and invests in helping them strengthen the infrastructure their community needs to transform systems for healthier living. Each HEZ establishes or expands a collaborative infrastructure of diverse community partners, who conduct a needs assessment and collectively implement a data-driven plan of action.  more

Showcasing Student Voices: FACES for the Future Launches the 2018 #IAmTheFuture Campaign

March 28, 2018

Established in 2000, FACES for the Future has served over 1,800 students all over California and has recently expanded nationally, to Albuquerque, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado. We have some of the most diverse group of students, coming from different backgrounds and challenges. They are also some of the most resilient and passionate.

The “I Am the Future” Campaign was started in 2017 to showcase the many faces and voices of the FACES for the Future students. We want to give them a chance to show the world their stories, their motivations and why they are the future faces in health care. We spent several months traveling to all of our programs to capture the students, prompting them with basic questions about their career aspirations in health. The rest is all them!  more

The Forgotten Victims of Officer-Involved Shootings

March 26, 2018 | Pamela Mejia, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Nearly 250 people have been killed by police in 2018, but many people probably would not know how high the numbers are because—although other forms of gun violence dominate the news—when a police officer shoots someone, news outlets sometimes don't report the story.

Accurate and complete news coverage is important because we can't mourn victims unless we know about their deaths, and we can't fix a problem we aren't told about. To support communities as they grapple with the death of yet another young man of color shot by the police, PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) set out to understand more about how the news commemorates or ignores those who have been killed. See their findings.  more

After #MeToo, What’s Next?

February 27, 2018 | Denise Dunning, Rise Up

The #MeToo movement has unleashed the concentrated power of millions of girls and women to speak out against sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Yet, when we consider a tech-enabled movement like #MeToo, we must also acknowledge the stark, persisting disparities that girls and women face in accessing these tools. Race, nationality, class, sexuality, age, economic position, caste, physical ability, and privilege all shape girls’ and women’s diverse experiences of gender-based violence—influencing both the power we have to speak out and the resulting consequences for our lives, psyches, families, jobs, and opportunities.

Despite the intention to create an inclusive movement, #MeToo’s inherent limitation is that it remains a space for literate girls and women who have both access to the internet and enough technical know-how to share their stories virtually. Overcoming these obstacles will require a multi-pronged and integrated approach. True transformation will only happen by integrating the power of online and offline strategies to enable girls and women to advocate for their own priorities.  more

5 Steps Public Health Can Take to Tell the Health Equity Story of Opioid Use

February 20, 2018 | Katherine Schaff, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Current media coverage has effectively raised the visibility of opioid use, and some news stories are shifting from covering it as a criminal justice issue to treating it as a public health issue. That's important, but it won't address underlying equity issues—or solutions. If we want to see news about equity issues related to opioid use, we must explicitly raise them.

At a time when we have never had more information and clarity about the root causes of health inequities, public health's role in elevating this information is vital. Public health advocates can leverage the current media spotlight to communicate about opioid use—and, ultimately, make change—using a racial and health equity lens.

But if more public health professionals were talking about this issue in the news, what would we want them to say? And what are some of the steps that public health professionals can take to get there? A new blog from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) provides five steps for getting started.  more

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

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