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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.

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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

PHI's Alcohol Research Group Advances Innovative Approaches to Assess Disparities

May 05, 2017

Congratulations to ARG associate scientist Priscilla Martinez who received an NIH K01 Career Development Award to study the relationship between alcohol use, inflammation, and health outcomes, specifically hypertension, diabetes, and depression, in the context of racial/ethnic disparities. The prestigious K01 award provides early-stage investigators with mentored support to help recipients develop independent research careers. Martinez is the first ARG researcher to receive such an award.  more

New GOJoven Network Launched to Redouble Efforts to Promote Comprehensive Youth Development in the Americas

April 28, 2017 | Susanna Moore & Esther Tahrir, GOJoven International

Leaders from the GOJoven Guatemala, GOJoven Mexico, GOBelize and GOJoven Honduras Associations convened in Belize City on April 8th and 9th, 2017, to dialogue and build consensus around the creation of a new, formalized GOJoven Network. The Network is made up of the four GOJoven Associations, which committed to sustaining it through the active participation of their members, employees and volunteers. Together they are dedicated to redoubling their efforts to promote comprehensive youth development in the Americas, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights and human rights.  more

A Different Type of Innovation in Boston: Housing Stability for Children’s Health

April 21, 2017 | Build Healthy Places Network

New on the blog from our Build Healthy Places Network: Learn how an innovate new initiative is bringing together housing and health care organizations in Greater Boston to implement programs that stabilize children in their housing.  more

How to (Really) Prepare for a Successful Global Health Career

April 20, 2017 | Juan Garcia, Global Health Fellows Program II

A successful, long-term global health career involves a workforce that can balance motivation, lifestyle demands, and ever-evolving skill requirements. This means that special care must be given to ensuring those at the earliest stages of their career are as prepared as possible to meet these demands. A new survey from PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health explores the global health workforce transition from graduate education to initial employment.  more

Public Health Institute: A Fertile Ground of Ideas, Resources, and Support to Fellows

April 04, 2017 | Mark Barone, PhD, Medtronic Foundation Associate in PHI’s Global Health Leaders Fellowship

PHI's Global Health Leaders has placed a Dr. Mark Barone, PhD, a Medtronic Foundation Associate, in Sao Paulo to work toward stemming the growing tide of chronic disease. Mark provides on-the-ground technical insight, alignment, and representation for Medtronic Foundation’s portfolio of work in Brazil addressing chronic and acute non-communicable diseases, and contributes strategic guidance including developing guidelines to be used in assessing applicants to philanthropic grants in-country. In this post, Mark reflects on his recent trips to PHI's central offices in Oakland California, where he met with PHI staff and other health experts.  more

Twitter Chat Round-Up: Preventing the Preventable, Treating the Treatable: Non-Communicable Diseases

March 30, 2017

What do cervical cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and hypertension have in common? They are three diseases that are largely preventable, easily diagnosed, and highly treatable when caught early.

Learn more with these highlights from a recent PYXERA Twitter chat, featuring GSK, PSI, the Public Health Institute, and IntraHealth International.  more

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

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