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Let's Talk Creates a Model for Successful Community-Based Media Projeccts

Let’s Talk is an ongoing community-based media project, and an example of Global Health Equity Foundation's (GHEF) capacity-building efforts targeted toward a regional health equity challenge. Montana has the highest suicide rate in the nation and has ranked in the top five for more than 30 years. Montana’s youth suicide rate is more than twice the national rate, with suicide resonating as the top cause of preventable death for Montana children ages 10 to 14.

GHEF's Let's Talk project combines multimedia technology, art and community resources to disrupt the cycle of depression and suicide. Let's talk started in Miles City in 2011 and was expanded later to Billings. Knowledge and information gained from these successful programs is now being used to create a multimedia training module to expand the program to other areas of the state and the world where suicide prevention and awareness are needed.

GHEF, along with Montana State University Billings and Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Bavaria, Germany, is now building on our five-year success with community-based media projects by developing the first phase of a scalable pilot project to assist Germany in ensuring health equity for its refugees. Titled, “Health Diplomacy for Arabic-speaking Refugees and Migrants in Germany,” the project is designed to increase the capacity of the German health system, and to assist non-governmental organizations in providing focused, cost-effective preventive and mental healthcare services.



Eastern Montana Photobook

BUY NOW Brother-sister duo Leland and Lynna Howard celebrate Montana’s prairie region with their new book, Eastern Montana. The book underscores the beauty of this unsung landscape with striking images, poetry, and creative descriptions. Eastern Montana combines the talents...

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“American Indian Youth Address Suicide Through Innovative Media Project”

Article by Cindy Uken, cross-posted from the Billings Gazette. They are teenagers whose experiences with suicide are so vivid and gut-wrenching that you may flinch to hear them, and maybe wish you hadn’t heard them at all. Yet, a group...

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Let’s Talk Billings First Open Rehearsal Catches Billings Gazette’s Attention

“Let’s Talk Billings starts conversation about suicide” by Mike Ferguson November 22, 2013 (republished from Billing’s Gazette)   The world premiere of a 30-minute drama written and acted by Billings students took center stage at Montana State University Billings’ Petro Theatre...

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GHEF Mentioned in the Miles City Star

“Community Film Project to Focus on Teen Suicide” By AMANDA BREITBACH RAGSDALE, Star Staff Writer (reprinted with permission from the Miles City Star newspaper) “This is really a pit that you need help climbing out of,” said Heather Schmidt,...

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Mar. 4, 2013, Global Health Equity Foundation Hosts its Second Consensus Building Forum in Miles City, MT

The forum brought together a diverse group: city leaders, nurses, hospital CEOs, physicians, business owners, and other community leaders from across eastern Montana. The sheer excitement of these participants was impressive. People met and discussed what the real issues...

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November 15, 2018 News — GHEF Presents “Innovation and Equity in Health” at the Global Geneva Health Forum

Innovation is a key driver of development that potentially expands the availability of high-quality healthcare and people’s access to it. However, the benefits of innovation have been distributed unevenly, and have largely failed to narrow the health equity gap....

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October 26, 2015 News — “My Home My Mission” Community-Based Media Project Begins in San Francisco

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nathalie.brilliant@ghef.org (516) 712 –0285 SAN FRANCISCO. Oct. 29, 2015. Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF), in association with AlMyra Communications, is seeking support for “My Home, My Mission,” a new program created to help youth in...

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October 23, 2014 Symposium — Symposium “Gender Discrimination and its Impact on Health Equity” – Geneva, October 24, 2014

Symposium “Gender Discrimination and its Impact on Health Equity” PRELIMINARY PROGRAM Geneva, October 24, 2014 Scientific Coordination: Dr. Eduardo Missoni 9:00 – 9:30 – Welcome address and introduction of participants Dr. Tayeb Alhafez, President and founder of GHEF tayeb.alhafez@ghef.org...

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January 21, 2014 Media Mention — “American Indian Youth Address Suicide Through Innovative Media Project,” Billings Gazette

  Photo by Paul Ruhter Article by CINDY UKEN Cross-posted from the Billings Gazette, January 21, 2014.  Article available here: http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/american-indian-youth-address-suicide-through-innovative-media-project/article_fb8c7422-53f1-58e7-bbef-79fbc7f75428.html They are teenagers whose experiences with suicide are so vivid and gut-wrenching that you may flinch to hear them, and...

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December 11, 2013 Media Mention — Let’s Talk Billings First Open Rehearsal, Catches Billings Gazette’s Attention

(republished from Billing’s Gazette) November 22, 2013 7:59 pm  by MIKE FERGUSON mferguson@billingsgazette.com The world premiere of a 30-minute drama written and acted by Billings students took center stage at Montana State University Billings’ Petro Theatre Friday evening —...

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September 8, 2013 Press Releases — “Regional project tackles issues surrounding teen suicide”

(republished from Montana State University Billing’s News Services) “Let’s Talk Miles City” documentary showcase will be held Thursday, Sept. 5 in Petro Theatre on the University campus Contacts: Michelle Strain, MSU Billings Department of Communication & Theatre, 657-2178 Mathew...

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