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PHI's Alcohol Research Group Uncovers Disparities Across the Lifecourse

March 24, 2017 | Alcohol Research Group

A recent study from PHI's Alcohol Research Group's Nina Mulia and colleagues assessed long-term heavy drinking patterns of racial/ethnic groups and found some surprising results. Consistent with other studies, their research showed a significant decline in White men and women’s heavy drinking in their 20’s while Black men and women’s drinking increased during the same period. The study team defined heavy drinking as having six or more drinks on one occasion.

What the research team did not expect to find was a crossover in the frequency of heavy drinking between Latino and White men, and Black and White women who ever drank heavily. Both Latino men and Black women drink less in their early twenties than their White counterparts, but that pattern changes when they reach their late twenties.  more

Faces for the Future Launches "I Am the Future"

March 15, 2017

This week PHI's FACES for the Future launched “I Am the Future,” an on-going online campaign that showcases the many faces and voices of FACES students: their stories, their motivations and why they are the future faces in health care.  more

GOJoven Women Leaders: Bold for Change in 2017

March 08, 2017

GOJoven International, based at the Public Health Institute in the U.S., trained over 200 young people as leaders in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) between 2004 and 2012. Since then, the GOJoven alumni fellows and their allies in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico have trained an additional 174 young leaders by adapting and using the GOJoven Model.

With this approach, these young leaders are using their newly formed independent, youth-led organizations—GOBelize, GOJoven Guatemala, GOJoven Honduras, and GOJoven Mexico—to multiply the number of SRHR champions who are working together to advance and uphold the rights of those most in need.

Who are these young leaders and how do they plan to step up their commitments to young women and adolescent girls in 2017?  more

Putting Prevention in the Hands of Women: Combining Contraception with HIV & STI Prevention

March 08, 2017 | Bethany Young Holt, PhD, MPH

Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) are an innovative field of sexual and reproductive health prevention products that can deliver varied combinations of HIV prevention, other STI prevention, and contraception.

In honor of International Women's Day, the Our Bodies, Ourselves blog features a guest post from PHI's Bethany Young Holt, PhD, MPH, director of the Initiative for MPTs (IMPT), a project of our CAMI Health program. In it, she discusses her work leading a global collaboration of researchers, funders, and advocates working toward a new field of women’s health that can deliver broad spectrum prevention: contraception in combination with HIV and other STI prevention.   more

Five Important Business Lessons I Learned from Developing Country Public Health Professionals

March 07, 2017 | Sharon Rudy, Global Health Fellows Program II

PHI's Sharon Rudy, program director of the Global Health Fellows Program II, shares her five biggest “aha!” moments from working in the field of global health with professionals outside the U.S.  more

In Rhode Island, a Model for Upending Health Inequity

March 02, 2017 | Build Healthy Places Network

In 2016, the Rhode Island Department of Health established ten “health equity zones” across the state. New on the blog from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network: The Local Initiatives Support Corp. shares stories of success from their experience managing two of these zones.  more

Inside Look: South Alameda County FACES for the Future Blue Coat Ceremony

March 01, 2017 | FACES for the Future

PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition delivers the highly successful FACES program model to communities seeking to prepare high school students for entry into the health professions by developing their own pipeline programs. FACES incorporates best practices in adolescent medicine, innovative pedagogy,and community engagement. Taken together, the model addresses the diverse needs of young people interested in healthcare careers, and prepares students to meet the challenges of impending health workforce shortages and worsening health disparities. Learn more about their work in South Alameda County.  more

Perspectives on Food Justice in 2017

February 28, 2017

Last year, PHI's CA4Health initiated a number of processes to determine the top issue areas of interest for members of our Community of Practice. When it comes to public health issues, Food Justice was an overwhelming priority for action and shared learning. As we kick off 2017, we wanted to hear from some of our leaders in this area of work to gather their perspectives on Food Justice, social movements, and the year ahead.  more

From Tragedy to Action: Using Media Advocacy to Advance Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

February 21, 2017 | Michael Bakal, Berkeley Media Studies Group

How one advocate helped pass 11 gun violence prevention bills in the aftermath of the country's deadliest mass shooting through media advocacy—the strategic use of media to support community organizing and promote policy change—and longstanding relationships with advocates and policymakers.  more

Growing Community Health on the Ground

February 14, 2017

Groundwork Hudson Valley farmers’ market/Groundwork USAAccess to urban greenery can empower communities and improve health and wellness. Learn how cross-sector partnerships are leveraging funding and resources to create sustainable models that invest in green space and improve community health, in a new piece from our Build Healthy Places Network.  more

NYC to Build Largest Health Facility In Its History: A Neighborhood

February 07, 2017 | Build Healthy Places Network

A hundred years ago, New York City opened what was considered "the largest and finest hospital ever built” for tuberculosis: Sea View. For the next 40 years, research and medical treatment were conducted alongside treatment and care of tuberculosis patients. And in the early 1950s, doctors at Sea View began clinical trials of hydrazides, the drug famously that led to a widespread TB cure. Today, on that same remote hilltop in Staten Island, New York City is again preparing for battle in the fight against some of the nation’s most deadly diseases.   more

PHI's Impact in 2016

February 01, 2017

Over the past year, PHI worked with communities across the U.S. and around the world to research some of the most critical emerging public health issues, to get more healthy food on the table and increase jobs in rural communities, to foster a strong, coordinated public health response to the Zika virus, to push for policies that ensure healthy housing—and much more. Click through our image slideshow to see just a sampling of what our programs accomplished in 2016.  more

Public Health Institute Hosts Family Planning and Reproductive Health Convening

January 31, 2017 | Susanna Moore, Deputy Chair of IBP, Esther Tahrir, Chair of IBP, and Amy Max


As current chair of the Implementing Best Practices Initiative (IBP), PHI hosted over 100 global leaders in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) at the Semiannual IBP Consortium Meeting, held on the U.S. West Coast for the first time. Attendees represented many of the 45+ IBP Consortium member organizations, along with FP/RH allies, local partners and members of the donor community. The meeting theme “Advocacy for Global FP/RH Scale-up” centered on the use of advocacy to scale up global family planning and reproductive health, offering resources and inspiration to help close the gap between knowledge and practice.  more

Physicians Speak Out on Climate Change & Health

January 31, 2017

"It is up to our leadership to ensure those most vulnerable among us are not forced to bear the brunt of climate change or air pollution."Health providers are critical and trusted voices in this conversation about health impacts of climate change and solutions, particularly for low income communities and communities of color. That is why PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health has partnered with the California Medical Association Foundation and the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) to build capacity and leverage the health provider voice on climate change and health to create a world with to create a world of “healthy people, healthy places, healthy planet.” Read op-eds authored by physician champions through the project.

 
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Where Health Meets Equity in Ohio

January 18, 2017 | Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network

Ohio skyline. Photo credit: Lisa Chamberlain

New from our Build Healthy Places Network: This post is part of our Healthy Communities Initiative blog series, highlighting the role of regional Federal Reserve banks in supporting and enabling cross-sector collaboration across community development and health sectors. In Ohio, the Cleveland Fed and its partners address the legacy of discrimination.  more

Shifting the Media Conversation on Affordable Housing

January 09, 2017 | Heather Gehlert, Berkeley Media Studies Group

News coverage on Oakland's housing crisis and its connection to health.In this Q&A from PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group, the Alameda County Public Health Department’s Tram Nguyen discusses how the department has used media advocacy to illuminate the link between housing and health. Nguyen also offers insights for advocates and reporters looking to improve coverage.  more

Telehealth Predictions for 2017

January 03, 2017 | Mario Gutierrez, Center for Connected Health Policy.

There are many questions about the future of health care policy and legislation in the coming year with the incoming Trump administration and Congress. But, when it comes to telehealth, PHI Center for Connected Health Policy Director Mario Gutierrez believes there are some strong signals that there may be some real movement in this arena in the coming months. Read his analysis on potential future opportunities to advance telehealth.  more

Top 10 Public Health Media Bites of 2016

December 21, 2016 | Karra Gardin, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Every day, PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group monitors the news to understand how public health issues are circulating in mainstream and social media. As we do our daily news scans, memorable media bites often catch our eye, make us reflect more deeply about an issue, and when used successfully, even inspire us to take action. Every year, we collect our favorite media bites and share them with our colleagues, family and friends. See the Top 10 for 2016.  more

Does News Coverage of Opioids Reinforce Stereotypes about Addiction?

December 14, 2016 | Fernando Quintero, Berkeley Media Studies Group

What are opportunities for public health and medical professionals to become part of the narrative around opioid abuse and overdose? How can we help to reframe the opioid addiction conversation to include the problem of over-prescribed pain medications, and help address the stigma and shame that in large part has helped fuel this silent epidemic?  more

Making Housing Healthier in Philadelphia and Beyond

December 12, 2016 | Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network

A recent study by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and St. Christopher’s Hospital found that child hospitalizations dropped 70 percent within six months when asthma triggers—dampness, tobacco smoke, pests—were removed from patients’ homes. New from our Build Healthy Places Network: Learn how the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is supporting cross-sector collaboration across community development, housing and health sectors.  more

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