Gaining a New Perspective

Several of our MPH students attended the 2018 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference, held September 12-14, in Portland, Oregon. What follows is a post from one of these attendees.

By Temitope Akintimehin, BS

CEMCH Scholars Temitope Akintimehin and Tylar Williams with Scholar Alum Rachel Powell and fellow CityMatch attendee Eilish Neely

After having such a great experience at the APHA conference last year, I was very torn about deciding on whether I wanted to go back to a conference I had previously attended or attend a new one this time. I wanted to take this opportunity to use this conference experience to get more insight into my career path and the options that are possible within the field of Public Health. Since CityMatCH is a significantly smaller conference, I was informed that it would provide a setting for deeper connections with more people. I was very open-minded about going and was pleasantly happy with my decision to go.

The sessions that immediately caught my interest were those addressing health disparities in minority populations, social determinants of health, and preconception care. I recently completed my summer practicum on a project focused on preconception care and its impacts on groups from different socioeconomic backgrounds in Suriname, so having the chance to connect what I had learned from that experience to what the speakers were saying was very inspiring for me. The panel speakers were able to go in depth about the programs that they implemented and how the data from them show how much racial inequalities have an impact on women’s and children’s health, especially in minority populations. These topics and concerns opened the floor to multiple discussions where other professionals from various areas of public health were able to give and take advice amongst their colleagues.

The professionals varied from department of health workers to program directors, and even though they may have been at different levels, it was clear to see that there were multiple similarities in the work they did within the field of public health. It was good to see how each position had its own part to play and in what capacity. After using this opportunity to talk with people and hearing their stories, I feel like I am able to get a better idea of where I can see myself working in public health and incorporating all of my interests.

 

Temitope Akintimehin is a second-year MPH student, concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. She plans to graduate in May 2019. Her interests include sexual and reproductive health, preconception care health and racial disparities, global health, and community health. She is involved in the community and enjoys volunteering.

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October 16, 2018 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

CityMatCH 2018: Matching my MCH goals to career opportunities

Several of our MPH students attended the 2018 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference, held September 12-14, in Portland, Oregon. What follows is a post from one of these attendees.

By Kiley Mayfield, BSW

Slide from the presentation of Alyshia Macaysa, program manager of Baby Booster, during the “Collectively Building the Table: Lessons Learned from Engaging Multi-Sector Partners and Residents” session. The slide illustrates social determinants and the necessary actions to overcome them.

Prior to my CityMatCH arrival, I was a ball of nerves. I was anxious and nervous about what to expect, how to act, what to do, and even what to say. As a true over-thinker and over-analyzer, I knew the feelings would not dissipate until I arrived. I had to put my best foot forward because these were potential employers and coworkers that I was going to meet. If I needed to be perfect at any conference, CityMatCH was the one because it was about maternal and child health (MCH) in urban environments — the exact area of MCH that I want to work in. I would be surrounded by professionals who may currently, or in the past, do the same things that I aspire to do. So, to soothe my anxiousness I rehearsed lines to say and ways to react to different scenarios. Spoiler alert: when the curtains opened none of my rehearsed lines or actions were used, but I didn’t freeze. I used the things I practiced as references. My prepared script included my interests in public health, where I was from, why I’m interested in public health, school, CEMCH, etc. — basically everything I needed to make a great first impression.

When I arrived at CityMatCH, and especially after witnessing the Keynote Speaker — Dr. Galea — speak, I knew everything would go just fine. Dr. Galea set the tone as he made his speech on equity and the importance of health versus health care with a relaxed, personable, and humorous tone. Everyone that I came in contact held the same demeanor as he did — relaxed, personable, and sometimes humorous. The speakers covered heavy topics with a lightness that provoked my thought and piqued my interest. One session, in particular, that stood out immediately was the Collectively Building the Table: Lessons Learned from Engaging Multi-Sector Partners and Residents session. There were three speakers, two from Best Babies Zone and one from Baby Booster. Each speaker covered ways to include non-MCH sectors and engage communities to address social determinants and reach MCH goals. They provided tips on breaking down barriers and gaining trust to create sustainable programs. This session was important to me because I want to work with the people I serve in some capacity.

All in all, every session that I attended caused me to think about how the topics related to what I ultimately want to do, and how I could implement that information into my work. I left with a wealth of knowledge and a few new contacts in the MCH realm. CityMatCH matched my expectations, then quickly surpassed them.

Kiley Mayfield is a second-semester MPH student, concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. She plans to graduate in August 2019. Her interests include Black maternal health in marginalized and oppressed communities, health equity, breastfeeding advocacy, postpartum care and community support, and mandated paid parental leave. She also loves singing, poetry, and laser tag.

October 15, 2018 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

Tales from a City MatCH First-timer

Several of our MPH students attended the 2018 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference, held September 12-14, in Portland, Oregon. What follows is a post from one of these attendees.

By Tylar Williams, BS

The 2018 CityMatCH Leadership & MCH Epidemiology Conference had the theme of “Partnering with Purpose: Data, Programs, and Policies for Healthy Mothers, Children and Families”

This year I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference in Portland, Oregon. I had a wonderful time meeting and connecting with different leaders in MCH and learning more about what new things are happening in the field. Dr. Sandro Galea opened the conference with a wonderful talk challenging us to take a deeper look at the way we talk about health in this country and gave us five things that we should talk about when we talk about health. He said that first we need to stop using health and healthcare interchangeably because they have different meanings. We then need to 1) talk about what causes health, 2) pay attention to emerging pathology, 3) invest in prevention, 4) focus on underlying social conditions, and 5) address persistent health gaps. I enjoyed his speech and left feeling super pumped about what was to come over the next three days.

After all of the opening activities I attended a session on innovation and improvement of prenatal care. Generally, the literature supports group prenatal care for its effects on improving birth outcomes, so this session was aimed at sharing the success stories of this model in different locations. I learned about a program called Moms2B based in Ohio. The program aims to address racial disparities in prenatal care and uses a community-based model much like CenteringPregnancy. I love how this program also works to address different social determinants that play a role in birth outcomes. For example, they partner with their local food bank to address food insecurity and have mobile clinics that come to the sites monthly to aid with access to primary care.

On day two, I attended a presentation by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. I was introduced to this organization last year at the annual American Public Health Association meeting, so I was really excited to hear about what they accomplished over the last year. I also heard from the National Birth Equity Collaborative during this session. It’s always really inspiring to see women who look like me working in this field and really making a difference. I also loved their motto: listen to Black women, trust Black women, and invest in Black women. Later that evening I had the chance to meet with past CEMCH scholars and explore a little bit of Portland. I had a great time and Portland is definitely on my list of places to visit again.

For the last day I attended a session called Maternal Voices and it was probably my favorite session ofthe entire conference. All of the presenters spoke about how there needs to be a shift in our attitudes towards women and how it’s really important that we give them a voice and listen. We’re starting to hear more public stories now about how healthcare providers aren’t listening to women, especially women of color, when it comes to their healthcare. This can lead to outcomes that otherwise would have been prevented. It was awesome to hear these stories and I hope that as women continue to become more vocal about the care they recieve, we can start to change this behavior. Overall, City MatCH was a great time and I’m looking forward to next year’s conference! 🙂

Tylar Williams is a second-year MPH student concentrating in Maternal and Child Health and plans to graduate in May 2019. She received a bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Howard University in 2016. She is CHES certified. Her interests include nursing, midwifery, prenatal and postpartum care, and improving reproductive and sexual health education in the Black community. She loves cooking, spending time with her friends and family, and traveling.

October 12, 2018 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

CEMCH Conference Series

Please join the the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH) for the third seminar in the fall Conference Seminar SeriesGet the Most Out of APHA 2018 flyer-elevator

What: Get the Most Out of APHA, presented by Shokufeh Ramirez, Assistant Director of Tulane’s CEMCH

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 12:00-12:45

Where: 1206, Tidewater Building, 1440 Canal St.

Join the CEMCH for the third seminar in the Conference series.  You will learn strategies for attending the American Public Health Association’s annual conference.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact John Marmion at 504-988-2090 or imarmion@tulane.edu

October 10, 2018 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Employment Opportunity!

Program Supervisor –  Prevention Program

Odyssey House Louisiana, Inc. is seeking a full-time Program Supervisor for the Prevention Program. The Program Supervisor is responsible for delivering health education programs and community outreach to targeted communities in order to link individuals to the agency. Additionally, the Program Supervisor is responsible for recruiting participants from the agency’s Residential Program and from community groups serving youth and young adults to participate in the Prevention Program. It is the duty and responsibility of the Program Supervisor to:

  • recruit participants from the agency’s Residential Program and from community groups serving youth and young adults to participate in the program.
  • work with stakeholders and participants to perform a community needs assessment to: establish priorities for social marketing and prevention messaging, and focus test and disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and VH prevention policies, practices and strategies that can effectively reach the target population in their natural environments;
  • conduct prevention education, HIV/Hepatitis C testing,and focus groups: the session will last 90-120 minutes and include an hour of basic HIV risk and prevention education, followed by a discussion of HIV trends and risk factors in the community, and testing of different messaging strategies;
  • supervise Peer Prevention Specialists and volunteers;
  • partake in effective and meaningful partnering with City and State agencies, as well as other nonprofit groups;
  • collaborate with staff to develop and implementstrategic communications and media initiatives and manage media/press coverage;
  • collaborate with other staff to support outreach campaigns and donor relations initiatives;
  • produce two large testing and prevention-focused events per year, along with all related promotional and support activities;
  • provide direct community outreach and health educational programs to targeted populations;
  • participate in health fairs, neighborhood community activities, screenings and special event as determined by the Program Manager;
  • assist in the planning and coordination of community health fairs and events as determined by the Program Manager;
  • assist in the development and implementation of a marketing campaign to the community served by the agency;
  • provide patient counseling on HIV prevention/treatment and other specific topics as directed by the Program Manager;
  • maintain comprehensive documentation for data collection; and provide statistical data and/or reports per grant requirements;
  • work directly with our homeless population to meet the demands of the clinical measures for our Federally Qualified Health Center;
  • assume responsibility for the HIV testing; P forms, checking the controls, ordering, referrals to care and so forth and notify the Program Manager of any issues immediately;
  • approach job duties and responsibilities with passion and desire to meet highest standards;
  • place client needs first; develop care management and service delivery with the goals of the patient’s healing and support in mind;
  • foster teamwork by trusting and supporting co-workers, while encouraging collaboration at all levels of the organization;
  • attend and participate in management, staff meetings, and vendor service meetings, as requested;
  • utilizes material, equipment and time in a safe, beneficial, and cost effective manner;
  • adhere to all Federal Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act regulations, by protecting the privacy & security of all patient/client health information; and perform all duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications include the following: Bachelor’s Degree. At least one year of experience providing health education to various populations. Excellent interpersonal skills. Familiarity with the community served by the agency. Proficient in MS Office Suite
Preferred qualifications include the following: Skilled and experienced in delivery of health education topics to diverse populations. Working knowledge of various healthcare issues affecting the community. Bilingual – English/Spanish, English/Vietnamese. Skilled in medical office practices, procedures and equipment. Certified Medicaid enrollment preparer. Familiarity with Allscripts EHR System. HCT certified.

Qualified candidates should send in cover letter and resume to hlikaj@ohlinc.org.

October 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

CEMCH Conference Series Seminar

Please join the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH) for the second seminar in the fall Conference Seminar Series.

Networking at APHA 2018 flyer-elevator

What: Networking Tips for Everybody– Expand Your Contacts at APHA & Beyond, presented by Catherine Pugh, Career Services Advisor

When: Monday, October 29, 2018, 12:00- 12:45

Where: 1206, Tidewater Building, 1440 Canal St., New Orleans, LA

Catherine Pugh from Career Services will present what networking is and how to accomplish it effectively.  You will learn how to connect with employers in your field, how networking helps your job search and to develop a professional network of colleagues.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact John Marmion at 504-988-2090 or imarmion@tulane.edu

October 8, 2018 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

The 24th National Health Equity Research Webcast (Group Viewing)

Please join the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and the Tulane Violence Prevention Institute for a group viewing of …

The 24th National Health Equity Research Webcast (Live)

“From Awareness to Action: Leveraging Resiliency in the Context of Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences”

When: Friday, September 28, 2018, from 12:30 – 3 p.m. CT (1:30 – 4 p.m. ET)

Where: Group viewing will be held in Room 1210, 12th Floor, of Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, NOLA 70112

What: Participants will have the opportunity to hear from national leaders and to engage in a moderated question-and-answer session.

Panelists

Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, Co-founder and Associate Director, RYSE Center

Le’Roy Reese, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine

Krista Perreira, Ph.D, Professor, Social Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Moderator

Dr. Rhonda Taylor Bullock, Ph.D, Director, we are (working to extend anti-racist education)

If unable to attend the group viewing, register for the webcast on your own at https://sph.unc.edu/mhp/nat-health-equity-research-webcast/

September 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

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