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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

9 Questions on Climate Change and Health Every Candidate Should Answer

October 05, 2016 | Kathy Dervin & Linda Rudolph, PHI Center for Climate Change and Health

We haven’t heard much about climate change and health this election season—even though health organizations and experts around the world have recognized that a changing climate is the greatest health challenge of this century. PHI's Linda Rudolph and Kathy Dervin, of our Center for Climate Change and Health, show how health professionals can play an important role in bringing this crucial issue forward by asking the candidates nine simple questions.  more

Empowering Youth in Detroit

September 30, 2016

Working in partnership with Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG), FACES has trained high school students from DBG’s program who have an interest in the health professions to be peer health educators. "FACES focuses on empowerment and training of young people from our communities to become the future health care leaders in the health care workforce," explains Tomás A. Magaña, MD, MA, founder and director of FACES for the Future, in a new video highlighting the program's work in Detroit.  more

Watch PHI's Michael Dimock's Closing Keynote Speech at the 2016 Farm Tank Summit

September 28, 2016

This month, PHI's Michael Dimock, executive director of our Roots of Change program, gave the closing keynote at the inaugural Farm Tank Summit, hosted by the Food Tank in partnership with the Visit Sacramento, Farm-to-Fork Program, and University of California-Davis. The event feature more than 35 different speakers from the food and agriculture field, interactive panels moderated by top food journalists, networking, and delicious food, followed by a day of hands-on activities and opportunities for attendees. See the recording of Michael's remarks, or read his full comments.  more

At GHFP-II, Professional and Career Development Begins on Day One

September 27, 2016 | Jenn Kirk, Global Health Fellow Program II

Participants in PHI's Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II gain valuable work experience in their positions, but they also have access to tailored resources for work-related performance needs and support activities including mentoring, coaching, technical training, and behavioral skills enhancement.

GHFP-II Performance and Career Development Coordinator, Jenn Kirk, shares how this kind of individualized attention to career development is one of the ways that the program is helping USAID build the next diverse generation of global health professionals.  more

Adapt & Grow: How to Excel at Your Day Job While Building the Skills You’ll Need for Your Dream Job

September 22, 2016 | Elise Mann, Global Health Fellows Program II

Elise Mann, a fellow at PHI's Global Health Fellow’s Program (GHFP) II, is the Lead for the Performance and Career Development, where she is responsible for ensuring that our Fellows have the performance and career development support they need to be effective in the global health workforce. She shares her reflections from her past eight years at GHFP-II.

GHFP-II seeks to improve the effectiveness of USAID's population, health and nutrition programs overseas by developing and increasing the capacity of health professionals.  more

When Cultures Collide: Leveraging Soft Skills to Feel at Home Abroad

September 21, 2016 | David Godsted, Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II)

While technical skills are essential, non-technical skills play an even greater role in creating a successful global health career, especially cultural competency—the ability to navigate in a culture other than your own. David Godsted, Deputy Director of Global Health Fellows Program II, has spent many years in developing countries, working in the Middle East and other regions, and lists his top tips and tricks for living and working abroad with a focus on developing skills in cultural competency.   more

PHI at APHA 2016

September 16, 2016

Join PHI at the 2016 American Public Health Association meeting in Denver for over 35 presentations and events. Find more information in our interactive meeting guide.  more

Age-Friendly Health Centers: A Proving Ground for Change

September 13, 2016 | PDF | Candace Baldwin, Capital Impact Partners

California is often an incubator for social innovation and several of the state's Federally Qualified Health Centers have established themselves as models of how to provide integrated care for the "whole person" through community partnerships, changes in processes, and a commitment to making the Affordable Care Act's new pay-for-performance model cost efficient. Innovations in Berkeley, Napa, Redding and Yolo Counties are solving some of the many challenges in meeting the care needs of an aging population.  more

For Healthier People, We Need Healthier Neighborhoods

September 08, 2016 | Amy Gillman

Very few people recognize the mounting data showing the linkages between place and physical wellbeing, and many people do not think of the connection between personal health and the neighborhood one lives in.

In this blog from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, read about a few successful partnerships between universities, hospitals, philanthropy, law enforcement, businesses and policymakers to assess local needs, leverage community assets, ramp up community engagement and measure what works  more

Understanding Difference is a Key to Success for Young Leaders in Global Health

September 06, 2016 | Stacy Terrell, Global Health Fellows Program II

Over 130 college student leaders with a passion for global health from across the country came together during the recent GlobeMed Leadership Institute, sponsored by PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) and discussed the skills for successfully leading in an increasingly complex global health environment. The students represented the diversity of the American college experience, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions, and brought their own unique perspectives to build from.

The Leadership Institute led participants through a workshop that emphasized the importance of becoming competent at interpersonal relationships, especially in the face of new cultures, and included a few key takeaways.  more

Addressing Healthcare’s Blindside in Albuquerque’s Southside by Joining Forces

September 06, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

Creating a healthy community requires vision, expertise, and commitment, but it also requires funders who are dedicated to building a "wellness economy." In Albuquerque, the First Choice Community Healthcare organization is building a new $22 million health system with the help of a BUILD Health Challenge grant that will help mitigating socio-economic inequities. In this blog from PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, Michelle Melendez, MPA, Development Director at First Choice Community Healthcare, shares the process of planning and funding a new venture through joint partnerships.  more

Three Ways that Connecting with CDFIs is Furthering Health Equity Goals in Harris County

September 06, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

The Harris County BUILD Health Partnership aims to address childhood obesity in north Pasadena by directly improving social determinants, starting with a new healthy local food system. Joining Forces Grantee and Build Healthy Places Network Commons speaker, Jennifer Hadayia of Harris County Public Health, discusses how partnering with CDFIs can help achieve health equity goals.  more

Building Community Around Food Access

September 06, 2016 | Build Healthy Places Network

How is a grocery store a social justice issue? Developing a full-line grocery store in the Mason Square section of Springfield, Massachusetts will give residents better access to healthy food, as well as help to build a healthy community by providing access to jobs, increasing investment and addressing an inequitable pattern of development that has long denied area residents access to a wide range of goods and services including fresh and healthy foods. In this post, Joining Forces Grantee and Build Healthy Places Network Commons speaker, Jay Minkarah of DevelopSpringfield, discusses how partnering with CDFIs can help achieve health equity goals.  more

Cultural Shifts and the Evolving the National Alcohol Survey

August 30, 2016

The National Alcohol Survey first launched in 1964, and over time, PHI's Alcohol Research Group has helped to modify the survey to account for shifts in our society, our population, and how we communicate with each other.

By integrating the changes in the makeup and cultural norms of the U.S. population, the survey has continued to say relevant and uncover how trends in drinking patterns come about over time and the various protective and risk factors that shape drinking patterns and problems.  more

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

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