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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.


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

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

Ending HIV Requires New Prevention Methods for Women

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

The New Housing Call for Pediatricians

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

How STEM Backgrounds Can Help Build the Global Health Pipeline

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

In Texas, Cross-Sector Partnerships to Fight Suburban Poverty

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

Staying Healthy: The Role of Aging in Community

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

Review: PHI at APHA 2016

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

Leaked Coca-Cola Emails Reveal an Opportunity for Advocates

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

Raising My Voice for Ethiopian Girls

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

Health-Mapping Every ZIP Code in Arizona

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

ARG Researcher's Work Helps Reduce Disparities One Community at a Time

October 20, 2016 | Alcohol Research Group

Why is it that some people have worse health outcomes than others, and what can we do about it? To help answer that question, PHI Alcohol Research Group's Associate Scientist Camilla Lui is working with the California Reducing Disparities Project, helping community-based organizations design and implement their own evidence-based programs—with a focus on Asian and Pacific Islander communities in California.  more

Adapting and Connecting at Gallaudet University

October 14, 2016 | Katy Magill, Global Health Fellows Program II

As we build the next generation of global health professionals, PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II is recruiting from diverse communities around the country. This month and Natalie Escobar headed to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for a career fair. Gallaudet University is dedicated to the education of deaf and hard of hearing students and encourages communication in American Sign Language (ASL). Magill shares tips she learned from her first time recruiting in a fully immersive ASL environment.  more

PHI's GOJoven Visits Colombia: Sharing Innovative Strategies at National Forum on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

October 06, 2016 | Susanna Moore, GOJoven International

GOJoven International, PHI’s flagship adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) program, was specially invited by the Colombian Ministry of Health to present its award-winning GOJoven Model and outcomes at the IV National Forum on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, held September 22-23, 2016, in Bogotá, Colombia. Learn more about their presentation and upcoming collaboration.  more

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