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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

This Summer Recess, Make Your Issues Local: Take Action With PHI's CA4Health

July 20, 2017

Meeting with representatives is an important advocacy strategy, but we don’t always have the time and resources to visit them in Sacramento or Washington D.C. Summer Recess is a key opportunity to schedule meetings with our representatives at their District Offices and form relationships with them and their local staff. PHI's CA4Health is committed to supporting you and your community partners in holding meetings with your representatives to share your stories, solicit support for your priority issues, and build capacity for new advocates. 

This summer, California State representatives will adjourn July 21st, heading back to their home districts and returning to Sacramento on August 21st. Federal representatives will adjourn July 31st, returning to Washington D.C. on September 5th.


Empowering Youth and Developing Leaders at the 2017 Global Health Youth Summit

July 19, 2017

For the second year in a row, two Public Health Institute projects, GHFP-II and FACES for the Future Coalition, convened the Global Health Youth Summit (GHYS), a five-day program designed to expose traditionally underrepresented high school students to careers in global health. With USAID's support, GHFP-II and its partners FACES, GlobeMed, and Global Health Corps, invest in the future of global health by developing a pipeline of competent leaders at the high school, undergraduate, and early career levels (respectively). 

This year, GHFP-II expanded GHYS from 12 to 20 California high school participants for the opportunity to explore individual strengths and global health career options. With gratitude and an open mind, GHYS participants navigated a week full of new sights, perspectives, and awareness of their role in the future of global health.  more

CA4Health's People.Power.Change! in Action

July 13, 2017

This spring, PHI's CA4Health hosted People.Power.Change!, a unique learning series designed to build leadership, increase capacity, and provide opportunities to raise our collective voices on issues related to food justice and poverty reduction that impact California communities. Participants join neighbors and allies from across the state to collectively sharpen advocacy skills and implement strategies to advance prevention and equity. See highlights from the series.  more

Health: What’s the Fed Got to Do With It?

June 28, 2017 | Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network

PHI's Build Healthy Places Network is launching a new centralized source that catalogues the Healthy Community Initiative conferences sponsored by the regional Federal Reserve Banks that have taken place around the country.  more

How USAID is Helping Mothers in Tanzania Overcome Stigma, Violence, and HIV

June 21, 2017 | Global Health Fellows Program II

USAID funded Key Populations (KP) and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) partners working together to address children of Femal Sex Workers (FSWs). Photo courtesy of Allison Ficht, GHFP-II Intern placed at USAID.GHFP-II Interns are exposed to diverse working experiences during their placements at USAID's Bureau for Global Health based in Washington, DC. Many Interns participate in Temporary Duty (TDY) hosted overseas with a USAID implementing partner and/or Mission. In this blog, Allison Ficht, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission and Pediatric HIV Intern, gives a first-hand account of her TDY in Tanzania working with the Sauti Project, a key populations (KP) project in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.   more

9 Tips for Crafting Effective Media Bites

June 01, 2017 | Daphne Marvel, Berkeley Media Studies Group

We've all read or heard strong media bites that grab our attention and either solidify or make us rethink our views on an issue. Beyond being memorable, these quotes can help advocates convey core messages on public health and social justice issues in a way that resonates with the public and prompts action.

What makes for a strong media bite? And how can you increase your odds of getting quoted in the news? In this latest blog, learn how to craft a compelling media bite with tips and examples from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group.  more

Perspectives on Poverty Reduction and Economic Justice

May 19, 2017

PHI's CA4Health is hosting People.Power.Change!, a unique learning series designed to build leadership, increase capacity, and provide opportunities to raise our collective voices on issues related to food justice and poverty reduction that impact California communities. Participants join neighbors and allies from across the state to collectively sharpen advocacy skills and implement strategies to advance prevention and equity. 

People.Power.Change! has already brought together regional cohorts of leaders invested in addressing challenges faced by their communities across a range of issues including Food Justice and Poverty Reduction. As we move to our statewide forums, we wanted to hear from some leaders in the area of Economic Justice to provide their thoughts and perspectives about reducing poverty, social movements, health, and the year ahead. Read the highlights.  more

PHI’s New Global Health Leaders Corporate Health Fellowship Website Wins Two Awards

May 15, 2017 | Esther Tahrir and Olivia LaFond, Global Health Leaders

The new, interactive Global Health Leaders (GHL) website has won two prestigious awards: the Horizon Interactive Award for Advocacy/Non-Profit websites and an "Award of Excellence" from the 2017 Communicator Awards. 

GHL is a new public-private initiative of the Public Health Institute that recruits, trains, and oversees local public health professionals as fellows to support on-the-ground efforts of corporate philanthropic units in under-resourced communities in the United States and globally.


GOJoven and Global Health Leaders Selected as Runners-Up in YTHLive Design Challenge

May 12, 2017 | Susanna Moore, GOJoven and Olivia LaFond, Global Health Leaders

At this year's YTHLive conference, Susanna Moore, Project Manager for PHI's GOJoven International, and Olivia LaFond, Administrative Coordinator for PHI's Global Health Leaders, teamed up with representatives from Healthy Teen Network for the Design Challenge to create a menu of youth-led social media campaigns aimed at sparking conversation among and collecting feedback from peer groups about birth control. Targeting adolescents with diverse interests and values that use social media platforms in communities around the world, their solution makes conversations about birth control fun and accessible.

Susanna, Olivia, and their teammates presented their solution to the YTHLive attendees during the Closing Plenary and were selected as the runner-up in the Design Challenge.  more

Celebrating the Global Health Corporate Champions

May 08, 2017 | David Godsted, Global Health Fellows Program II

In a time of unprecedented global challenges, private sector engagement has never played a more central role in international development. The Global Health Corporate Champions is an activity of USAID’s Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, implemented by the Public Health Institute and supported by PYXERA Global. GHFP-II supports the Agency’s thought leadership in building a diverse, technically excellent, culturally competent group of American global health leaders.

The Global Health Corporate Champions is a multi-company cohort of business professionals from across multiple industries providing pro bono consulting services in Accra, Ghana. Drawing from their collective expertise in management, communications, product sustainability, operations, and finance, the team spent a month embedded in four social sector health organizations focused on projects designed to increase access to quality healthcare for communities throughout the region.  more

Connecting Financial Well-being and Health in Practice

May 08, 2017 | Build Healthy Places Network

New on the blog from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network: Economic security is entwined with the long-term health of families. Learn how innovative programs around the country are working to overcome entrenched health and financial challenges, in this guest post from Parker Cohen and Ariel Sankar-Bergmann of CFED.  more

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