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After #MeToo, What’s Next?

February 27, 2018 | Denise Dunning, Rise Up

The #MeToo movement has unleashed the concentrated power of millions of girls and women to speak out against sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Yet, when we consider a tech-enabled movement like #MeToo, we must also acknowledge the stark, persisting disparities that girls and women face in accessing these tools. Race, nationality, class, sexuality, age, economic position, caste, physical ability, and privilege all shape girls’ and women’s diverse experiences of gender-based violence—influencing both the power we have to speak out and the resulting consequences for our lives, psyches, families, jobs, and opportunities.

Despite the intention to create an inclusive movement, #MeToo’s inherent limitation is that it remains a space for literate girls and women who have both access to the internet and enough technical know-how to share their stories virtually. Overcoming these obstacles will require a multi-pronged and integrated approach. True transformation will only happen by integrating the power of online and offline strategies to enable girls and women to advocate for their own priorities.  more

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Press Releases

Marin County is the Healthiest in California, Say New Rankings

March 14, 2018

Marin County ranks healthiest in California and Lake County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). 

“The County Health Rankings crystalize what we know from practice: the factors that shape health and determine who has access to it are deeply embedded in our society,” said Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, CEO and president of the Public Health Institute.  more

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"Are we saving lives or the gun industry?" PHI Statement on Mass Shooting in Florida

February 15, 2018

"Mass shootings in America are tragic and they are preventable...It is time for our leaders to decide whether they are in the business of saving lives or saving the gun industry. It is time to stop the bullets."  more

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Announcements & Events

Webinar: CACHE 101

March 08, 2018

The Center to Advance Community Health & Equity (CACHE), housed at the Public Health Institute, helps nonprofit hospitals, health systems, and other stakeholders translate data into better community investments. CACHE helps users interpret data from Community Benefit Insight, a comprehensive, searchable tool for community benefit data that enables local organizations to assess how hospital resources are allocated, and couple it with existing tools and resources for strategic community benefit implementation.

In this webinar, participants will learn about the Community Benefit Insight tool and complementary resources, ways to leverage existing data, and opportunities to explore further analyses.  more

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PHI in the News

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Michelle Obama Talks To A Girl From Guatemala About Why Education Is Vital

March 07, 2018 | Refinery29

For International Women's Day, former First Lady Michelle Obama held this Q&A with Alejandra Teleguario Santizo, a girl leader with PHI's Rise Up, and three other young women to highlight their efforts empowering girls around the world.

Last year, Alejandra began to speak out against sexual violence and street harassment in her community in Guatemala through local radio programs, with the help of Rise Up’s Let Girls Lead initiative.  more

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