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Staying Above Water: How One New Orleans Native Is Fighting for Her City in Hurricane Katrina’s Long Wake

August 29, 2016 | Elizabeth Futrell

In the eleven years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf region of the U.S., compelling and often contradictory depictions of post-Katrina New Orleans have emerged. Nakita Shavers’ powerful story profiles the destruction of her family's home and the subsequent loss of her brother. She is now a part of PHI's Youth Champions Initiative and her work in New Orleans is impacting youth throughout the city.

Shavers’ family was featured in two acclaimed portrayals of New Orleans. Her brother Dinerral Shavers, an esteemed jazz drummer, appeared in Spike Lee’s documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, and later, his tragic death and funeral were woven into the story lines of David Simon and Eric Overmyer’s HBO drama series Treme.  more

Digital Health Solutions for Vulnerable Populations

August 26, 2016 | Jacob Kraybill

The popularity of digital health solutions and mHealth apps has exploded over the past few years, but the clinical review of best practices has lagged behind, especially in the use of these apps by vulnerable populations.

A recent Dialogue4Health webinar started to fill in this gap with PHI’s Valerie Steinmetz and Andrew Broderick, MA, MBA, presenting data from recent focus groups they conducted in three vulnerable communities around the country and Dan Gillette, BA, EdM reviewing the current state of digital health apps.

Read their results and suggestions for improving digital access for vulnerable populations.  more

To Make Real Progress On The Sustainable Development Goals, We Need More Collaboration and Communication

August 18, 2016 | Mark Horoszowski, Co-founder of MovingWorlds.org and Katie Levey, Director of Media Relations at PYXERA Global

Meet Daniel Mensah, the Executive Director of HealthKeepers Network, a network of entrepreneurial women in rural Ghana who sell quality healthcare products within their neighborhoods in the country’s hardest-to-reach areas—regions where basic health services are severely limited or unavailable. HealthKeepers now has a new, five-year strategic plan to guide its growth in the face of Ghana’s changing donor environment, a result of its work with the Global Health Corporate Champions.

To make real progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, we need more collaboration and communication. That's why the Global Health Corporate Champions initiative is using a unique approach to cross-sector collaboration and addressing the true complexity that accompanies partnership. The U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health established a framework through its Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, a program implemented by the Public Health Institute in partnership with PYXERA Globaland engaged the expertise found in the private sector to support local health programs.

This blog originally appeared on Huffington Posts' "What's Working" series.  more

Health Equity and the Role for Community Development

August 16, 2016 | Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH and Colby Dailey, MPP, Build Healthy Places Network

As our nation struggles with what is fair and just, and for whom, the urgent call for equity rings loudly. In philanthropy, equity is high on the agenda among major players, for example, the Ford Foundation, Kresge, Kellogg, the California Endowment, and many others.

This post from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network explores why equity is fundamentally at the intersection of community development and health.


Ten Questions from Food Tank for Michael Dimock, Director of PHI's Roots of Change

August 11, 2016

Read a Q&A on food systems challenges and opportunities, between PHI's Michael Dimock, Director of  our program Roots of Change and Food Tank, a nonprofit organization working to build a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters.  more

Global Health Corporate Champions In Ghana - An Emerging Market Bootcamp

August 11, 2016 | Amanda MacArthur, PYXERA Global

Last month, employees from PwC, PIMCO, and the Dow Chemical Company came to Accra, Ghana from throughout the US and Europe to take part in the Global Health Corporate Champions, an activity of PHI’s Global Health Fellows Program-II (GHFP-II).

They spent one ambitious and demanding month working side-by-side with leaders from Ghanan organizations and they delivered projects including a business plan, charting one organization’s strategic direction for the next five years, and a communications strategy for another, complete with new materials and processes.

The learning that comes out of these projects is not one-sided, nor is it limited to nonprofits. Applying professional skills in a cross-sector, emerging market setting builds a participant’s leadership chops — accelerating emotional intelligence and increasing their understanding of the nuances of working in a globalized economy.  more

Using Housing Tax Credits to Invest in Well-being

August 03, 2016 | Michelle Rushing, Georgia Health Policy Center

Enhancing affordable housing with realistic, evidence-based public health approaches is an investment in the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.  more

Federal Reserve Tackles Ties Between Poverty and Health

August 03, 2016 | Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network

The Federal Reserve and public health? It may be a suprise, but for several years the nation’s bank has funneled resources into projects that bridge health and community development.

This post from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network explores how the Federal Reserve views health care as having an effect on the country's gross domestic produce and believes that lower costs in the sector could lead to more innovation and profitability for businesses. The Healthy Communities Initiative, a partnership between the regional Fed banks and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, encourages collaboration across the two sectors.


Building Healthy Communities One ZIP Code at a Time

August 03, 2016 | Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network

All nonprofit healthcare systems are required by the Affordable Care Act to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments to look more holistically at the drivers of poor health and incentivize providers to address the social determinants of health.
This post from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network explores how in Reno, this requirement has catalyzed partnerships nationally between the healthcare system and local health authorities. Leaders in the community development, public, and private sectors are tackling the barriers to health in one of its highest-needs ZIP codes.

Say Yes to Virtual Career Fairs

August 03, 2016 | Maribel Sierra and Neha Shah, Global Health Fellows Program II

PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II has recruited hundreds of public health professionals into fellowships with USAID and is always on the lookout for new and effective ways to reach diverse and talented audiences.

In this post, PHI's Health Career Connection Intern on the GHFP-II Communications, Outreach and Diversity team, Neha Shah reflects on her experience shares top tips for navigating the search for global health opportunities, including participation in virtual career fairs.  more

AIDS2016: A Goodbye to GYCA

July 28, 2016 | Julie Mellin, Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS

Julie Mellin, a manager at PHI's Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), reflects on her experiences at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, and the accomplishments of the many GYCA members striving for change in their communities around the world. The GYCA program closed on July 31, 2016.

Mentoring the Next Generation of Global Health

July 28, 2016 | Global Health Fellows Program II

The Global Health Youth Summit (GHYS) is an innovative, first-of-its-kind program for high school students to learn about USAID and careers in global health. Provided by USAID’s Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II at the Public Health Institute (PHI), the Summit is designed to support the early growth and development of the next generation of global health professionals. Students came to Washington, DC to learn directly from USAID professionals and gain an appreciation for the intricacies and opportunities of global health work. They left with a stronger desire to work in global health professions, and a better sense of where their skills and interests might fit in.

The GHYS was a collaboration between the leadership of GHFP-II staff at PHI, and complementary partner at PHI, FACES for the Future Coalition (FACES), which connects third and fourth year high school students with healthcare career internships and coursework.  more

Inspired to Solve Global Health Problems

July 28, 2016 | David, Global Health Youth Summit Participant

Hundreds of youth from around the country recently converged in Washington DC for the Global Health Youth Summit, hosted by our Global Health Fellows Program II and FACES for the Future programs. David, a high-school participant, shares what he learned from the summit and his aspirations for becoming a global health professional.  more

Growth & Change with RPCV Outreach

July 27, 2016 | Sylvie Rousseau, Global Health Fellows Program II

Sylvie Rousseau reflects on her four years at the Global Health Fellows Program II and the 240+ events she planned or attended. After meeting with hundreds of people and fielding thousands of questions she has learned to head off common misunderstandings and worries, and has gotten to see many “aha” moments in people’s careers. Sylvie identifies three lessons from her years of recruiting global health professionals.  more

Kill Em With Soda: An Open Letter to Selena Gomez and Other Pop Stars Shilling Sugary Drinks

July 18, 2016 | Fernando Quintero, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Sugary drinks are the leading source of excess calories and a major contributor to diabetes, heart disease and other nutrition-related illnesses. Communities of color, particularly Latinos and African Americans, suffer the most from these diseases.

PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group explains: By being the face of Coke's new campaign and lending her hit song titles for Coke to display on its labels, Selena Gomez is in essence encouraging our youth to drink what some scientists have called poison.  more

Summer Recess Has Begun: Take Action with CA4Health

July 13, 2016

Summer Recess has begun—now is the time to determine what action you and your partners are will take this summer. PHI's CA4Health is dedicated to assisting in the process of engagement throughout summer and supporting broad movement both across the network and the state. Learn more about their new tools, resources, and tips for communicating with legislators over the Summer Recess.   more

Creating a Pro Bono Dream Team

July 11, 2016 | Melissa Mattoon

Aubrey, Austin, and Darrell run through their final presentation to the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health.What do you get when you task a consultant, a scientist, and a marketing specialist from different backgrounds, companies, and countries with solving a complex challenge in a complex environment? In the case of one Global Health Corporate Champion team, you get results. 

This blog post by PYXERA Global highlights how PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II's Global Health Corporate Champions initiative is using pro bono teams from companies across multiple industries to address key public health challenges in collaboration with local non-profits and social enterprises in Accra, Ghana.  more

New Interactive Index Tool Gives Snapshot of Health Disadvantages in California Communities

July 01, 2016

Where are the most health disadvantaged communities in California? To provide a census-tract level snapshot of the social determinants of health across California and a mechanism to inform the design of interventions in underserved communities, PHI’s Public Health Alliance of Southern California has developed the new California Health Disadvantage Index in collaboration with health departments across the state, featuring a user-friendly interactive mapping tool with key factors to identify populations most vulnerable to poor health outcomes.  more

Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve: Four Policy Recommendations for Healthy Housing

June 27, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

Dr. Megan T. Sandel and Laurel Blatchford of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. weigh in on the key to better health and well-being for affordable housing residents: integration of health care and services.  more

What Philadelphia's Soda Tax Can Teach Us About Health Framing

June 22, 2016 | Heather Gelhert, Berkeley Media Studies Group

In the days following Philadelphia's historic passage of a tax on sugary drinks, many public health advocates have been asking what this means for soda tax messaging efforts in other cities. Although Philly's tax will ultimately benefit health—funds will go toward universal preschool, which is linked to better health outcomes—the tax wasn't framed that way. One of the main messages coming from the city was much broader, with local leaders portraying the tax as a much-needed source of revenue that would help ease the city's struggles with poverty and build a better future for all Philadelphians, especially its children. 

PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group explores if other locales should follow Philly's lead and think outside of explicit health framesor should they take a cue from Berkeley, California, whose 2014 passage of the country's first soda tax was more overtly health-focused.   more

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