Women and HIV: Essential Reads!

For the March 10 observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), here are recent developments in HIV prevention, care and treatment, research, and policy to inform your conversations around women’s health.

Proving the Value of Peer Recovery Services in Rhode Island

Trained individuals with their own personal experience with addiction or mental illness acting as Peer Recovery Specialists (PRS) can be immensely helpful to those navigating the challenges of recovery for the first time. Learn how JSI developed an outcomes tracking system to document their effectiveness in Rhode Island.

Walking the Talk: Three Keys to Ending Vaccine-Preventable Deaths

In advance of the first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa, the Maternal and Child Survival Program’s Katrin DeCamp and Robert Steinglass provide three key points about how to overcome immunization challenges.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: Building Connections to Address Substance Misuse

  I recently came across this broadcast on New Hampshire’s WMUR about a young woman whose life would have taken a much different path if it was not for a Naloxone kit, a state-distributed package containing a drug to block the effects of opioids. The woman had overdosed, but her friends used the Naloxone kit … Continue reading “‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: Building Connections to Address Substance Misuse”

What works: Equitable Access to Routine Immunization and Integrated Child Survival Interventions

One in five children in the African region does not receive the vaccines they need, while immunization coverage for Africa has stagnated over the past three years and health systems remain weak. The global health community realizes the Reaching Every District (RED) approach has not been fully implemented in many countries, and did not reach all underserved. It is against this background that a gathering was convened last month to exchange best practices for achieving equitable immunization access in Africa.

Soda wars: What advocates can learn from Berkeley vs. Big Soda’s social media campaign

Learn from the successful strategies used to help passed the sugary drink tax in Berkeley, CA in 2015. Nine recommendations that can be used to effect other community-wide health improvements.

Billing Third-Party Payers. Why Start Now?

Implementing or expanding third-party billing is a way for publicly-funded STD clinics to diversify revenue streams, ensure access to care, and potentially expand services to populations who need them the most. JSI’s Jennifer Kawatu and Andee Krasner offer tips and tools to help clinics navigate third-party billing.