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Review: PHI at APHA 2016

November 08, 2016

PHI had a great time at the recent American Public Health Association annual meeting in Denver, CO from October 29 to November 2.

Our experts shared insights on multiple panels and workshops, including: "Race Matters: Why Communities are Critical in Building Health and Equity" and a panel on gender equity called "Is Leaning in Enough?: The Role of Intersectionality, Gender and Public Health Leadership."  We also hosted a Climate Change and Health event; a joint reception with our program GHFP–II, and mentored the next generation of global health professionals at our Global Health Learning Institute.

See these APHA write-ups featuring PHI sessions:

Here are some highlights from this year's conference:


Thomas K. Greenfield, scientific director of PHI's Alcohol Research Group, received a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the APHA's Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Section  for his long and distinguished career. Having been nominated by colleagues and peers, the award represents the incredible work and significant contribution that Tom has made in the area of alcohol research.

In a standing-room-only conference hall, the "Race Matters: Why Communities are Critical in Building Health and Equity" session organized by PHI examined the role racism plays in perpetuating health disparities, examples of innovative, culturally-relevant outreach at the local level to close health gaps among underserved populations.

Genoveva Islas, MPH, from PHI's Cultiva La Salud integrated some of the rhetoric from the third presidential debate into her presentation about engaging and integrating Latin@ voices into conversations about health equity.

"Racism is a system that structures opportunity. We have to turn that on the head to construct anti-racist narrative; there's a narrative of exclusion that dehumanizes our communities," said panelist Dr. Tony Iton from the California Endowment.

"It's not all doom and gloom – there are people in the communities who know the answers," said panelist Dalila Butler from Policy Link.

The session was packed full of people and inspired dynamic conversations among participants.

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, the director of PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health, was featured in an APHA TV video.



At a joint panel with Women in Global Health, Global Health Council, APHA and PHI called "Is Leaning in Enough?: The Role of Intersectionality, Gender and Public Health Leadership," our own Sharon Rudy shared her path to becoming the director of PHI's Global Health Fellows Program.

"I was a scholarship student, worked since 17, was a young single mother... and now I lead GHFP-II." - Sharon Rudy, PhD

PHI and our Global Health Fellows Program II hosted a joint reception with food, drink, music and lively networking.

Doug Jutte, of PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, moderated "Investing in the Healthiest Nation: The Game-Changing Potential of Community Development-Health Collaboration for Healthier Communities,"  which discussed opportunities to mobilize across sectors in order to improve community and population health.

Our Global Health Learning Institute led students, emerging professionals and mid-career changers through a series of workshops to hone their skills in effectively addressing global health concerns.

"Find right global health program for YOU. Research? Development? Direct service?  Then, ensure you are prepared for global health careers. Does the curricula address needed competencies? Be sure to seek overseas experience." - Dr. Sharon Rudy to undergraduates interested in a global health career.

Finally, PHI and friends got together and reminded people to #GetLoud and vote!

Pictures and quotes from these Twitter sources:

  • https://twitter.com/BHPNetwork/status/793855181217607680
  • https://twitter.com/SCY_Chicago/status/793859057471795200
  • https://twitter.com/BHPNetwork/status/793857042851127296
  • https://twitter.com/BHPNetwork/status/793861160097357825
  • https://twitter.com/PHIdotorg/status/793864517100843009
  • https://twitter.com/womeninGH/status/793202417168945153
  • https://twitter.com/GHFPII/status/793555489371983873
  • https://twitter.com/GHFPII/status/793620985643532288
  • https://twitter.com/MRogersRN/status/793622412399030272
  • https://twitter.com/PHI_MaryPittman/status/793130047066427393
  • https://twitter.com/GHFPII/status/792423366305026048
  • https://twitter.com/GHFPII/status/792421719545827328
  • https://twitter.com/PHIdotorg/status/793888028334788608