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Whether you’re new to PHR or a seasoned veteran, the PHR Regional Advocacy Institute will offer you something new to take home and use in your community, chapter, or on your campus. We’re still putting together the final details, but have many things figured out that should make for a great day.

To start the morning, we will introduce you to PHR and give you a background for understanding the organization. As unnecessary as this may seem, it is important that members of PHR—every one of us scattered across the country in our chapters—understand what the organization stands for and where it hopes to go in the future. Without a basic understanding of the goals and directives of the organization, recruitment into your chapters can be quite difficult. We want to show you what PHR is all about: we will delve into the role, mission, and impact of PHR and give a brief overview of current investigations.

As we move along in the Institute, you’ll have opportunities to discuss things that have worked for you—chapter leaders—over the course of the last several years. What are the best ways to recruit? How can you manage fundraising? How do you incorporate national initiatives into your local chapter’s goals?   What activities or advocacy efforts have you supported? We will take some time to go over chapter management, advocacy planning, and relating national goals to a local effort. Additionally, we’ll take some time to walk through the student toolkits available for chapters at http://phrtoolkits.org/toolkits/student-chapter-toolkit/.

More than anything, the RAI is an important way to keep abreast of the things going on at PHR National and serves as great way to learn how PHR can support your local chapter. After all, we are all working towards the same goals, even if we make it there using different paths. The benefits of being involved with PHR national include having the support of a larger organization behind any one of your efforts. Come learn how to capitalize on that!

We will anchor the afternoon with a keynote speaker discussing taking action on one of PHR’s advocacy goals. We’re still awaiting official confirmation of the speaker, so keep your eyes and ears tuned to this blog for the formal announcement.

As we plan for the Regional Advocacy Institute in Chicago, we’ve got you in mind!  Let us know if there’s a subject you’re interested in learning more about, and we can see where it would fit in. Above all, we hope to bring together a fantastic group of people for great discussion, planning, and networking throughout the day.

We hope to see you in Chicago!

Less than two weeks until the South and Midwest Regional Institutes on Saturday, September 26 — there is still time to register! You can register up until the night before, but we prefer that you do so as soon as possible to help us better prepare and provide the best Institute experience possible.

Help make sure we get a great crowd by inviting all of your friends who may be interested, via email or our Facebook group!

Here is some key information to help you prepare to for the Institutes:

Midwest Institute (Chicago, IL)

The Midwest Institute will take place in the Armour Academic Center at Rush University. Make sure you’re there by 10:15am to hear the opening presenter, University of Chicago’s Dr. Ken Fox, Senior Staff Physician and Professor of Pediatrics!

South Institute (Nashville, TN)

The South Institute will take place in the West Basic Sciences Building (WBS) at Meharry Medical School. Make sure you’re there by 9:15am to hear the opening presenter, Dr. Joseph Interrante, CEO of Nashville Cares!

I also want to personally introduce the amazing Regional Training Coordinators, who made these Institutes possible and are a great resource to those who will attend:

  • Shaheja Sitafawalla, MPH, Rush University (M1). Shaheja spent this past summer working as co-coordinator of a sanitation education project in rural, western Kenya.
  • Nia Imani Bodrick, MPH, Meharry Medical School (M3). Nia’s interest in health and human rights began when she worked as an intern at Advocates for Youth, focusing on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.

If you have more questions about getting to Chicago or Nashville, or need further area-specific advice, contact me and I will put you in touch with one of these great coordinators.

See you there!

With the South and Midwest Regional Advocacy Institutes only a month away, here are some updates on the Institutes’ programs, logistics, and publicity. As you get ready for your region’s Institute, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. And don’t forget to register for your Regional Advocacy Institute!


South Regional Institute (September 26 at Meharry Medical School, Nashville, TN)

Presenter Update: Dr. Joseph Interrante, CEO of Nasvhille Cares, was confimed to open the Institute! Read about Dr. Interrante’s groundbreaking work with Nashville CARES. With Dr. Interrante opening and Dr. Sten Vermund, Director of the Institute for Global Health at Vanderbilt, closing, we look forward to an educational and engaging day! Check out this Institute’s agenda.

Getting to Meharry: Download information on how to get to Nashville, navigate the campus, and invite your friends to the Institute.

Help Us Publicize: With the team of PHR staff and student leaders working to provide a top-notch program, we now need your help to make the training a lively, rewarding experience. Help Publicize the institute to friends, colleagues and classmates:

Read our Recruitment Plan and Tips. Remember that recruiting more students to attend the Institute also helps you to recruit new chapter members, build a presence on campus, reach out to other campus groups, boost chapter members’ enthusiasm and involvement, and ensure your chapter members receive great training.


Midwest Regional Institute (September 26 at Rush University, Chicago, IL)

Presenter Update: We are excited to announce that Dr. Ken Fox will open the Midwest Institute! Dr. Fox is a pediatrician and medical anthropologist committed to making a preferential option for the poor in health care. Learn more about Dr. Fox and his incredible work and check out this Institute’s agenda.

Getting to Rush: Download information on how to get to Chicago, navigate the campus, and invite your friends to the Institute.
Help Us Publicize: With the team of PHR staff and student leaders working to provide a top-notch program, we now need your help to make the training a lively, rewarding experience. Help Publicize the institute to friends, colleagues and classmates:

Read our Recruitment Plan and Tips. Remember that recruiting more students to attend the Institute also helps you to recruit new chapter members, build a presence on campus, reach out to other campus groups, boost chapter members’ enthusiasm and involvement, and ensure your chapter members receive great training.

PHR is organizing four Regional Advocacy Institutes, to be held in late September and early November. The Regional Institutes are geared toward instilling a heightened awareness of each student’s advocacy power, helping them make new connections, and sharing ideas for taking action during the academic year. Speakers will present on such topics as: the Right to Treatment, Healthcare Workforce and Systems, and Harm Reduction. The Institutes will also include workshops explaining effective ways of building campaigns, influencing policy makers, and other avenues of outreach, leadership development, and advocacy.

Check out the details of the Advocacy Institute nearest you:

You can contact me with any questions you may have at dfox@phrusa.org. And help us spread the word about PHR’s Regional Advocacy Institutes!


Northeast Institute

Hosted by PHR and the Harvard Student Chapter
Saturday, November 7th, 9:30am-4:30pm

Harvard
Medical School, Boston MA (Directions)

Sessions and speakers will include:

  • “The Right to Health: What it is and What We Can Do to Make it a Reality”: Helen Potts, Chief Program Officer of Health Programs, PHR
  • “Health and Human Right Education” Panel & Breakout
  • Leading student activists presenting on sessions such as “The Elements of a Successful Advocacy Event” and “Building Relationships with your Member of Congress”

Register to attend PHR’s Northeast Regional Advocacy Institute.

Please help us spread the word about this event! Send this email to other campus groups and post this flyer around your campus. You can also check out the Northeast chapter leader recruitment plan for additional tips on how to recruit students from your school and community.


Mid-Atlantic Institute

Hosted by PHR and the George Washington University Student Chapter
Saturday, November 7th
9:30am-4:30pm
George Washington University
, Washington DC (Directions)

Sessions and speakers will include:

  • PHR: Our Role & Our Impact: Sarah Kalloch, Outreach and Constituency Organizing Director, PHR
  • “Clean Needles Save Lives: Why and What We Can Do”: Paola Barahona, Senior Global Health Advocate, PHR
  • “Health and Human Rights Education” Panel & Breakout
  • Leading student activists presenting on sessions such as “Organizing Effective Events” and “Building Relationships with your Member of Congress”

Register to attend PHR’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Advocacy Institute.

Please help us spread the word about this event! Send this email to other campus groups and post this flyer around your campus. You can also check out the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Leader Recruitment Plan for additional tips on how to recruit students from your school and community.


Midwest Institute

Hosted by PHR and the Rush University Student Chapter
Saturday, September 26th, 9:30am-4:30pm

Rush
University, Chicago IL (Directions)

Sessions and speakers will include:

  • “Harm Reduction-Much More than Just Needle Exchange”: Sarz Maxwell, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Chicago Recovery Alliance
  • John Schumann, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Faculty Co-Chair, Human Rights Program, University of Chicago
  • Leading student activists presenting on sessions such as “Organizing Effective Events” and “Meeting with Policymakers”

Register to attend PHR’s Midwest Regional Advocacy Institute.

Please help us spread the word about this event! Send this email to other campus groups and post this flyer around your campus. You can also check out the Midwest chapter leader recruitment plan for additional tips on how to recruit students from your school and community.


Southern Institute

Hosted by PHR and the Meharry Student Chapter
Saturday, September 26th, 9:30am-4:30

M
eharry Medical School, Nashville TN (Directions)

Sessions and speakers will include:

  • “Making the Link Between Health and Human Rights”: Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, Amos Christie Chair in Global Health, Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology Director, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Institute for Global Health
  • Susan A. DeRiemer, Ph.D., Professor of Professional and Medical Education, Meharry Medical College
  • Leading student activists presenting on sessions such as “Organizing Effective Events” and “Building Relationships with your Member of Congress”

Register to attend PHR’s Southern Regional Advocacy Institute.

Please help us spread the word about this event! Send this email to other campus groups and post this flyer around your campus. You can also check out the Southern chapter leader recruitment plan for additional tips on how to recruit students from your school and community.

Hosted by PHR and the University of Michigan Student Chapter
Saturday, November 15, 10am-5pm
 University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI (directions)

Join students from throughout the Midwest Region. Learn together and share ideas and connect with others in the health and human rights community. The Regional Advocacy Institute features notable experts and experienced PHR national staff. We will tackle critical health and human rights issues and develop skills in effective organizing.

Institute sessions will include:

  • Making the Link Between Health and Human Rights: Dr. Michele Heisler, Professor, University of Michigan, contributer to PHR reports War-Related Sexual Violence in Sierra Leone and The Taliban’s War on Women
  • PHR: Our Role and Our Impact: Peter Witzler, Health Action AIDS Student Organizer, PHR
  • Health Rights=Healthy Women: The Feminization of AIDS
  • Torture, Asylum and the Medical Role: Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, Senior Vice President and Corporate Medical Director, Schaller Anderson, Inc.
  • Workshop Sessions such as Event Planning, Campaigning, Recruitment, Influencing Policy Makers and Media

Register to attend PHR’s Know, Dare, Action Midwest Advocacy Institute.

Help Publicize the Institute to friends, colleagues and classmates:

Midwest chapter leader recruitment plan