February 14, 2017
Access 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
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
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
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
January 31, 2017
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.
January 18, 2017 | Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network
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
January 09, 2017 | Heather Gehlert, Berkeley Media Studies Group
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
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
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
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
December 01, 2016 | Bethany Young Holt, PhD
Leading HIV/AIDS research and advocacy organizations are sounding alarms on stagnating and even rising global infection rates in settings where adolescent girls and young women bear the greatest burden of new infections. Multipurpose prevention technologies that offer simultaneous protection against HIV and unintended pregnancy could help stem the spread of HIV.
PHI's CAMI Health and more than other 1,200 researchers, advocates, and funders from 15 different countries are engaged in the Initiative for MPTs (IMPT). This product-neutral global collaboration aims to advance the development and use of MPTs by providing critical infrastructure and guidance to the resource-limited MPT field. more
November 28, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network
A Boston-based pediatrician talks to PHI's Build Healthy Places Network and explains how investing in innovative solutions that ensure stable, affordable housing can help all children have the opportunity to live happy, healthy lives. more
November 17, 2016 | Katy Magill, Global Health Fellows Program II
Samantha, a current college senior majoring in biology, approached the GHFP-II booth at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, and asked, will my background in biology stop me from making a career shift to global health?
Attending the recent conference in Florida, GHFP-II Recruitment Specialist Katy Magill spoke to many emerging professionals like Samantha about the need the field has for experts who have unique analytical skill sets with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math. more
November 16, 2016 | Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network
In Austin, TX, the share of poor residents living in high-poverty neighborhoods has grown faster than in the country’s top 100 metro areas as a whole. That's why community development and hospitals in the area have started to integrate the social determinates of health into their strategic planning. With the Dell Medical Center, the Dallas Federal Reserve and local community development organizations beginning to join arms together, the emerging cross-sector work is a beacon for other metropolitan areas looking for solutions to affordable housing and health crises. more
November 16, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network
Significant financial barriers remain to older adults who want to age in place and stay connected to their communities. But, Aging in Community is one of the few triple social utilities: older adults benefit, community and society benefit from the continued engagement of older adults, and in most case there are significant cost savings to the health care system by having older adults Age in Community. With stronger financial institution partnerships more and more older adults will benefit. more
November 08, 2016
PHI had a great time at the annual American Public Health Association meeting in Denver, CO from October 29 to November 2. We've rounded up some of the highlights: Learn more from our experts as they shared their insights on panels and workshops, and see photos from PHI receptions and events. more
November 01, 2016 | Fernando Quintero, Berkeley Media Studies Group
In the California cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Albany as well as Boulder, Colorado, Big Soda has spent big money to defeat soda tax proposals—and recently-leaked internal emails show just how hard Coca-Cola is fighting soda taxes in the U.S. and abroad. more
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
October 21, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network
PHI's Build Healthy Places Network explores the work at the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, which is utilizing data from the Arizona Healthy Communities Opportunity Index to create maps on what’s happening with health across the state by ZIP code. more