March 2012 Blog Posts (13)

Kim's Nomination to Lead World Bank Brings Connections Between Global Health and Economic Development to Forefront

I am encouraged by President Obama's nomination of Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD, to head the World Bank. A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim’s experience in global health would bring critically important insights to an institution that focuses on alleviating poverty. We can't achieve the Millennium Development goals or reduce poverty without addressing the fundamental importance of health.

Dr. Kim would be the first World Bank president with a…


Added by Mary Pittman on March 31, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Visual Summary of the Affordable Care Act from Jon Gruber

It's easy to follow when MIT professor Jon Gruber, an economist talks through an animated illustration on the success of health care reform in just over three minutes. It's worth at least 2,400 pages of reading (the actual number of pages of ACA legislation).  Review the clip:…


Added by Katherine Ellington on March 28, 2012 at 9:25am — No Comments

For Schoolyard Gardens, a Global Network

Watch the Hunters Point Harvest Video


Added by Star Tiffany on March 27, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Your vote counts to promote the “Integration of food and nutrition security, health and gender in climate resilient-sustainable development” at the RIO+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development


We are pleased to inform you that PHI’s proposal for a Sustainable Development (SD) Learning Event on “Integration of food and nutrition security, health and gender in climate resilient-sustainable development” at RIO+20 has been pre-selected by the conference organizers of RIO+20 to be voted by the general public see:…


Added by M Cristina Tirado von der Pahlen on March 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

ATTENTION PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTIONERS: Can you name five characteristics of a walkable community?

The emphasis on the built environment in public health is hard to escape.  Conferences, podcasts, name it......there is a discussion concerning getting people to walk more frequently in their daily lives.  The task for public health practitioners is to bring evidence to discussions in order to inform decision makers on parks, transportation, and planning boards to consider public health goals in their deliberations. 

If asked, anyone working on community health…


Added by Marisel Brown on March 16, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

PHI co-sponsoring conference on NCDs in children

Public Health Institute, together with Caring and Living as Neighbors and Global Health Council, will convene a conference on "NCDs in Children and Adolescents" during March 19-20.  The conference has been sponsored by the Medtronic Foundation, …


Added by Jeff Meer on March 16, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

This International Women's Day, a need for greater US leadership on reproductive health

As we think about what today, International Women’s Day, means for the United States, I am calling for stronger U.S. leadership on women’s international reproductive health and family planning (IRH/FP). Since the 1960s, the United States Government has been a global leader by providing IRH/FP assistance in dozens of countries. But have we done enough?

There are currently an estimated 215 million women around the world who want to delay or prevent pregnancy but who do not have…


Added by Amanda Keifer on March 7, 2012 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Gathering the Evidence for What Works for Women & Girls in HIV Interventions

As the HIV pandemic rattles into its third decade, the impact on women and girls has not gone unnoticed. Numerous international political declarations including ICPD and the UNGASS Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS have recognized women’s and girls’ specific risks and needs and have committed to act to address them. Multilateral and bilateral donors have established strategies to better address women, girls, gender equality and HIV/AIDS including the PEPFAR Gender Strategy, the Global Fund’s…


Added by Melanie Croce-Galis on March 7, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments

Depression paradox for immigrant women in California

One in eight California women experience current depression according to recently published research using data from the California Women’s Health Survey (CWHS). The study examined prevalence of depression according to immigrant status, and found that recent immigrants were half as likely to report current depression as compared to their counterparts born in the United States. As immigrant women stayed longer in the US, the…


Added by Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra on March 5, 2012 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Molly Coye of UCLA Discusses Innovative Ways To Improve the Value of Health Care Services

"In a conversation with California Healthline, Molly Coye -- chief innovation officer of UCLA -- discussed the health system's efforts to improve the value of the health services it delivers." View the video

"According to Coye, organizations can improve the value of their services by placing greater…


Added by Carmen Rita Nevarez on March 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Cooking with Clean Energy--A Challenge of Global Proportions and a Tremendous Opportunity to Improve the Health of Women around the World


Nearly 2 million people—mostly women and children—in the developing world die annually from illnesses brought on by breathing toxic smoke from indoor cooking stoves.

 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


Each day, half of the world’s families eat meals cooked on an open fire or a three-rock traditional stove. Women feed the fire with wood, dung, coal or crop waste—solid fuels that they’ve scavenged or purchased for a fraction of the…


Added by Michelle Bashin on March 5, 2012 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Lifting Our Voices to End Child Marriage in Malawi

On International Women’s Day, the majority of the more than 60 million child brides around the world will spend their time as they spend every other day of the year: out-of-school, at-risk, marginalized and poor. The theme chosen by the United Nations for International Women’s Day 2012 is “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.” At first glance, this has little to do with child marriage. But rural poverty is at the root of the high prevalence of early marriage (UNICEF, 2006). Within…


Added by Emily Teitsworth on March 5, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

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