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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

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Press Releases

Leading Global Gender Equality Organizations Launch Ambitious Collective Effort to Increase Economic Power of Women and Girls in India

February 06, 2018

Some of the world’s most effective and engaged gender equality organizations will harness their individual expertise into an innovative collective impact project that aims to increase the economic power of women and girls in India. The three year project, “Collective Impact Partners: Women's and Girl’s Economic Empowerment Advocacy in India,” will be led by the Global Fund for Women, Global Women’s Leadership Network, Public Health Institute, Rise Up and World Pulse.  more

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"Are we saving lives or the gun industry?" PHI Statement on Mass Shooting in Florida

February 15, 2018

"Mass shootings in America are tragic and they are preventable...It is time for our leaders to decide whether they are in the business of saving lives or saving the gun industry. It is time to stop the bullets."  more

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Announcements & Events

ADA National Network Learning Session: Recovery from the Recent Disasters: Lessons for Disability Planning in Remote Areas

February 20, 2018

Any community can become isolated during a disaster even if they aren't directly impacted. Through a historical perspective and actual disaster experiences, three FEMA Regional Disability Integration Specialists will look at the realities of disaster impacts on systems which may already be stretched thin even during regular daily existence; how community partners can play a role in both response and recovery; and how to identify real shortfalls in plans and actual events. Provided by PHI's Pacific ADA Center, this webinar will help participants understand the recovery processes for people with access and functional needs (especially people with disabilities) from recent disasters.  more

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Store-and-Forward Telemedicine Services Expand Connected Health

January 27, 2018 | Eric Wicklund | mHealthIntelligence

Store-and-forward, an emerging telehealth modality popular with ophthalmologists and dermatologists, is now increasingly being using in primary care programs. It involves sending data from a patient through a secure e-mail or messaging service to a cloud-based platform for analysis, then a diagnosis and treatment plan are sent back to the patient or provider. PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy researches utilization of store-and-forward and other telehealth technologies across the country. Its 2017 report on the benefits of store-and-forward and regulations of it are included in this mHealthIntelligence feature article.  more

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