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Raising My Voice for Ethiopian Girls

October 25, 2016 | Achie Gezahegne Gebre, Rise Up

Girls are the world’s greatest possible return on investment. Investing in girls is the most cost effective strategy we have to build a more sustainable, equitable, and just world. PHI's Rise Up works to enable girls to stand up, raise their voices, and advocate for their rights. We have built a global network of over 400 leaders who have advocated for laws and policies impacting 115 million girls, youth, and women. One of these inspiring leaders is Achie Gezahegne of Ethiopia, who shares how she raises her voice for Ethiopian girls and shares her vision for a future where girls are at the center of development.

This piece originally appeared on the blog of the Global Campaign for Education, U.S. Chapter.  more

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Press Releases

Leading the Charge for Gender Equity

October 07, 2016

The Carol Emmott Fellowship, a newly formed fellowship for women leaders in health aimed at addressing gender inequity in health leadership, will launch its inaugural program on November 1, 2016. In support of this ground-breaking program, which is based at the Public Health Institute, a select group of 12 esteemed organizations are committed to sponsoring this year’s first class of distinguished fellows.


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PHI Statement on Funding for Zika Response

September 28, 2016

The Public Health Institute applauds Congress for moving forward on a continuing resolution (CR) that includes $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus. The Zika provisions include funding for vaccine development, healthcare services and health centers, and maternal and childhood health grants. For communities battling the virus throughout the summer, the bill's boost is long overdue. It is also critical that the Zika funding did not come at the expense of other health issues.  more

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Announcements & Events

Global Health Pathways: Three-Part Web Series

October 26, 2016

Join PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition, our Global Health Fellows Program-II and USAID to learn more about launching a career in the Global Health field in this three-part webinar series, Global Health Pathways. The webinars are free and for people of all ages—whether you’re in high school or in college—because it’s never too early to get involved.  more

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PHI in the News

It’s a soda tax, not a grocery tax, and it works

October 26, 2016 | Lynn Silver, MD, MPH | East Bay Times

In November, residents in San Francisco, Oakland and Albany will vote on a simple 1-cent-per-ounce tax on distributors of sugary drinks. It will raise revenue for health and prevent diabetes. This tax will fall mostly on big soda companies and their bottlers, and they are spending millions to mislead and misrepresent what is on the ballot in order to protect their profits.

PHI's Lynn Silver studied the 2014 tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley, and explains the results: average grocery bills did not go up and sales of unhealthy, sugar-packed drinks dropped significantly. This commentary published in the East Bay Times makes the strong case for passing the tax in order to increase the health and well-being of all residents.  more

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