PIH Engage Media Sweep: April 2017

What is a Media Sweep?

This is a new monthly quick-to-read broadcast highlighting the important events, advocacy, and successes from across PIH Engage!

We hope this will serve as a tool to connect and inform teams across the network; celebrating our work and inspiring our organizing efforts! Feedback on this Media Sweep and future sweeps is welcomed and appreciated!




Team Highlights

Washington Young Professionals, University of Washington and Bainbridge Island's PIH Engage teams do a Summit In Solidarity Hiking Series. Over 20 people hiked in solidarity with community health workers across the world on this most recent trip!


(Pictured Below Left) PIH Engage folks from Northeastern, Boston Young Professionals, Steering Committee, and Justin at the MA Health Professionals Protest on February 25th!

(Pictured Below Right) Boston Strides in Solidarity was a collaborative effort between Boston University, Harvard College, Northeastern, Boston College, and Boston Young Professionals on April 9th. There was face painting, some awesome raffles, and speeches by Jon Shaffer and Dr. Joia Mukherjee of PIH. Over $5,000 was raised!


UMN Twin Cities Global Health Week: March 28th-30th the University of Minnesota hosted a week of global health discussion and engagement! (Pictured Below Right)


-Dr. Alan Lifson, a professor at UMN school of Public Health, spoke about his research in Ethiopia. He specifically works with the ministry of health to explore the effectiveness of community health workers in delivering care to HIV/AIDS patients.

-Damir Utrzan, MS, ABD spoke about the Syrian experience, being settled in the US as a refugee.

-Film screening and discussion on Exposed: The Race Against Tuberculosis.

Meetings with Congress

Pictured Below Left: Binghamton University's PIH Engage team meeting with New York Senator Schumer's staff on March 21st! No definite answers, but we will continue to push for global health funding.


Pictured Above Right: Vanderbilt University's Team met with staffers from both Senator Alexander (R) and Senator Corker's (R) offices on February 23rd. Very positive engagement from both staffers regarding the three asks on PEPFAR, the Global Fund, and Bilateral TB. They followed up with their offices same day to ask for a public statement from the Senators.


Harvard PIH Engage attended Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s (D-MA-5, House Appropriations Comm.) town hall on March 3rd in Cambridge; she committed to fully funding PEPFAR and the Global Fund: Watch the video here! The team followed up with a meeting at Rep. Clark's office.

(Pictured Left) Aakash Patel, Mihir John, and Josh Kalter of University of Georgia’s Engage team met with Joel Katz, a staffer from Representative Doug Collins' (R-GA-9) office on February 16th. They had a productive meeting talking about the Reach Act and sustainable foreign investment, and we're hoping that Collins will support this legislation if it is reintroduced to Congress!

Aakash Patel, Mihir John, and John Kalter also met with Ben Stout, a representative from Representative Jody Hice's (R-GA-10) office on January 26th. They had a productive meeting talking about the Reach Act and are hoping that Rep. Hice will support this legislation!

Organize your own meeting with your members of Congress!

Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds: Amazing work!

  • Derrick Ogola (Washington University) had an LTE published on the need for funding both domestically and abroad--St. Louis Post-Dispatch--3.24.17

  • Madhavi Kuthanur (University of Washington) had an LTE published on the power to end AIDS-- The Daily at UW--3.10.17

  • Zara Shah’s (Binghamton) LTE published on International Women’s Day-- Pressconnects--3.7.17

  • Melissa Chacko’s (Binghamton) LTE on Foreign Aid--The Hill--3.6.17

  • Grace Chen, Jaelithe Virgin-Downey and Betsy Prezioso (Harvard) LTE on global AIDS funding--Cambridge Day--2.14.17

  • Josh Kalter’s (University of Georgia) Op-Ed on Reach Every Mother and Child Act--Red and Black--2.10.17

  • Matthew Zinck (Northeastern) LTE on Reach Act--The Metrowest Daily News--1.28.17

  • Nick Seymour (Harvard) Op-Ed on Global Health funding--The Hill--1.7.17

Write your own LTE here!

See all LTEs and Op-Eds from our campaign year here!

More Community Building Features:

Faces of Global Health panel at Northeastern University:

Northeastern University in Boston, MA hosted a panel of inspiring individuals who are actively pushing forward the global health movement. The speakers list included Regan Marsh, MD, MPH, Shan Mohammed, MD, MPH, Emily Chiasson, Professor Brook Baker, and Professor Richard Wamai, Ph.D.


Watch the video here.

Hawaii Global Health Convention: The University of Hawaii hosted their Second Annual Partners in Health Engage Convention on April 6! They had two guest speakers, Dr. Denise Nelson-Hurwitz, a professor under the Office of Public Health Studies, and Dr. Bradley Wong, a general surgeon working with the Aloha Medical Mission (Pictured Below Left).


Binghamton University's PIH Engage team held an event for World Tuberculosis Day: They filled a hallway with informational posters and projected an educational video in efforts to inform their campus about the global epidemic (Pictured Above Right).


University of Georgia Call In: UGA hosted a call-in to their local representatives to sign onto the Dear Colleague letter in support of funding for TB, HIV, and Malaria! (Pictured Right). 

George Washington University's PIH Engage team hosted a panel: The Future of Public Health Under the New Administration, featuring five of their esteemed global and public health professors: Dr. Tamara Henry, Dr. Mark Edberg, Dr. Ron Waldman, Dr. Monica Ruiz, and Dr. Pierre Vigilance (Pictured Below Left).


PIH Engage UH Manoa Spring Social! A hike up Makapu'u lighthouse trail then Sandy's Beach for sandwiches (Pictured Above Right).

Articles of Interest

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck hope ‘Bending the Arc’ inspires millennials

White House Proposed Large Cuts to NIH Research Grants

White House wants to Slash Billions from grants, foreign aid

Blog Posts

Introducing: the PIH Engage Steering Committee!

The Best Books, Podcasts, and Websites for Community Organizing

Inspired and Inspirational

Keep an eye out for upcoming blog posts as well!


Questions? Have something you want to see in the next Media Sweep?

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