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At the Nexus of Health and Place in the Country’s Most Diverse Neighborhood

June 14, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

Fifteen years ago, community practitioners say, the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage, Alaska, was a place one might prefer to leave. Crime was high and the schools were struggling. Liquor stores and pawnshops dotted the commercial corridor, and the community did not have a financial institution or access to health care. Most residents lived in substandard multifamily buildings that had been developed in a flurry during the oil boom to accommodate Trans-Alaska Pipeline workers.

But residents and community development leaders knew Mountain View was a place with potential.   more

Access Matters: California State University Students Ready and Raring for Global Health Careers

June 13, 2016 | Sylvie Rousseau

Back-to-back career fairs showed Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) staff member Sylvie Rousseau the importance of the California State University system in providing diverse students access to high-quality global health preparation. How can USAID and PHI's GHFP-II fill in the gaps?   more

PHI's Alcohol Research Group Working to Support the Translation of Alcohol Measures

May 25, 2016

PHI's Alcohol Research Group recently received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant sub-award in collaboration with BrightOutcome, an innovative software development company that focuses on creating applications to improve population health. Learn more about their innovative project.  more

Building Health Organically in a Small Florida Community

May 20, 2016

Five years ago, when residents of Bithlo, Fla. got sick, they had to drive—or take an ambulance—to a hospital 15 miles away in Orlando. There was no doctor’s office or urgent care facility in their town of 8,200. Practitioners knew that building a healthy community required more than providing access to primary care or clean water. It would need a more holistic approach. Therefore, the collaboration between public and private partners focuses on nine areas necessary for overall wellness: education, transportation, housing, basic needs, a sense of community, health care, the environment, economic opportunity, and arts and athletics.  more

Whose Voices are Missing from News Coverage of Soda Taxes?

May 20, 2016 | Heather Gelhert

Dr. Vicki Alexander speaks out against the harms of the soda industry.  Photo courtesy of Berkeley vs. Big Soda.Low-income families and communities of color—the same groups who suffer disproportionately from diabetes and are targeted most aggressively by the sugary drink industry—tend to support efforts to tax soda as much as or more than their wealthier, white counterparts. However, you wouldn't know this from most news coverage of soda taxes. That's because the voices of those who have been the most harmed by soda industry products and marketing are seldom featured in the media.

To learn about the role of community voices in public health battles, PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Grup spoke with Dr. Vicki Alexander, a retired Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Director for Berkeley, who was instrumental in the city's soda tax victory. In this Q&A, Alexander explains how the soda industry has affected her family, how the Berkeley soda tax campaign highlighted authentic voices to push back against industry rhetoric, and what lessons public health advocates in other cities can learn from Berkeley.  more

At Howard University, a Budding Interest in Global Health Can Grow

May 18, 2016 | Stacy Terrell, Global Health Fellows Program II

How can today's students enter the global health workforce to help improve our current health systems? PHI's Stacey Terrell, Lead for Diversity and Communications at our Global Health Fellows Program II, spoke with Christina Amutah, Howard University Globe Med Chapter's Co-President and a senior Political Science major and Chemistry minor. Following graduation, Christina will be a Princeton in Africa fellow at the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Botswana.   more

How Baton Rouge Got Its Hospitals to Join Forces to Improve Residents’ Health

May 16, 2016

In 2015, five major hospitals in Baton Rouge, Louisiana came together to conduct the country's first Joint Community Health Needs Assessment. Now, the partnership is helping to improve neighborhood and health by generating funding for mobile farmers’ markets in areas that lack stores with fresh food, and outlining ways to make HIV screenings available at community events, urgent care clinics, and college campuses.  more

The Future of Global Health: Unconference Recap

May 13, 2016

On April 14th, PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II and partner Global Health Council hosted the third Future of Global Health Unconference. This non-traditional forum featured interactive discussions and one-on-one mentoring with seasoned professionals and 350 future Global Health professionals.  more

Global Health Leaders from India and South Africa Visit PHI

May 05, 2016

PHI recently welcomed Belinda Ngongo, MPH, and Nayanjeet Chaudhury, MD, MPHassociates in our new Global Health Leaders corporate fellowship program—to PHI’s headquarters in Oakland. Through its first partnership with Medtronic Philanthropy, PHI has hired Ngongo to provide technical assistance and strategic guidance to Medtronic Philanthropy’s work in South Africa and Chaudhury to provide the same for the philanthropy in India.  more

Next Generation Leadership Starts in the Classroom

April 28, 2016 | Stacy Terrell, Global Health Fellows Program II

A sustainable future for global health starts with an investment in the workforce that ideally begins as early as high school or college. What can the field do to better prepare students for success in their future global health careers?  more

New ARG Study Looks at Alcohol's Harm to Others Around the World

April 15, 2016 | Alcohol Research Group

A new project, led by PHI's Alcohol Research Group, is the first multi-country study to test hypotheses about how someone’s drinking can lead to consequences for others and how others' heavy drinking may harm the respondent—very similar to the work that’s been done on second-hand smoke and its associated harms.
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When Tackling the Social Determinants of Health, Pooling Funding Streams Is the Wise Course

April 11, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

Public health policy seeks to prevent disease and promote good health through education programs, policies and regulations, services, and research. Community development seeks to build strong communities with infrastructure improvements and by investing in residents with financial, social, and political capital. Both sectors, in other words, focus on the health, physical security, stability, and well-being of groups and individuals.

Yet the fields have rarely worked in tandem. Now, a new approach is encouraging funders to pool their money to tackle the overlapping goals more effectively.  more

How Hospitals Can Help Cure Entire Communities

April 06, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

Because they are rooted in place, hospitals “have a vested self-interest in helping to ensure that the communities in which they are based are safe, vibrant, healthy, and stable,” write Ted Howard, president of the Democracy Collaborative, and Tyler Norris, a vice president at Kaiser Permanente, in a new report released this month  more

ENACT DAY 2016: For a Healthier California

April 05, 2016

On March 30, nearly 200 California residents gathered in Sacramento for ENACT Day, a day of learning and advocacy to support healthy food and physical activity environments in California. Hear from a participant from Los Angeles reflecting on the opportunity to join with advocates from across the state in calling for a healthier, more equitable California.  more

Youth Leaders Take Center Stage at Youth Leadership Symposium to Celebrate GOJoven International’s 10th Anniversary

April 04, 2016

In March, PHI’s GOJoven International celebrated their 10th anniversary with a Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Symposium. The symposium, which was put on by PHI’s California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC), FACES for the Future Coalition, GOJoven International, Rise Up’s Youth Champions Initiative and local partner YTH (Youth + Tech + Health), featured youth leaders from Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Mississippi, Mexico and Belize, as well as representatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and the Summit Foundation.   more

Giving Back to My Alma Mater & Growing Global Health

March 29, 2016 | Rachel Smidt

Rachel Smidt, current Fellow with PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II, shares lessons learne in how to enter the global health field, including five tips for launching a global health career. 
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Why Pediatricians Should Screen Their Young Patients for Poverty

March 25, 2016 | Douglas Jutte, Build Healthy Places Network

Being poor carries serious lifelong health effects—but learning about children’s lives beyond clinic walls can help doctors provide better care. Doug Jutte, of PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, discusses his experiences as a practicing pediatrician and explores how physicians can take real steps to ensure their patients have a healthy future beyond the clinic walls.  more

ENACT-ing Now & Beyond

March 23, 2016

PHI's CA4Health staff sat down with Raymond Diaz, a Senior Program Coordinator with National Health Foundation and CA4Health Scholarship Recipient attending this year’s ENACT Day in Sacramento. Raymond has done tremendous work in partnership with young people to create healthier opportunities in schools in South Los Angeles. We asked Raymond about his experience at last year’s ENACT Day and what he looks forward to this year.  more

Mini-University: High-Profile Leaders Hold Master Class on Global Health Careers

March 23, 2016 | Sylvie Rousseau, Global Health Fellows Program II

Sylvie Rousseau, Communications and Outreach Specialist with PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II, reflects on this month's Global Health Mini-Universitya one-day event where hundreds of colleagues at different career stages come together to discuss maternal health, health systems strenghtening, designing effective human-centered interventions, and developing a global health career.  more

PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II featured in All Women Panel at Global Health Mini-University

March 16, 2016

On March 4, 2016, PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, the premier fellowship program of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) GH bureau , led an all women panel at Global Health Mini-University focused on preparing future global health leaders for long term career success.  more

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