Archive for August, 2013

Reasons to attend APHA

While this was written after 2011’s meeting, the descriptions it shares hold true from year to year.

by Lori Andersen, MEd, CHES

Spending a week in Washington, D.C. learning from public health leaders was the perfect way to spend Halloween week.  Though this was my second APHA attendance, I felt much more prepared and able to “make the most” of the conference.  The Tulane APHA preparation seminars aided in a personally successful APHA conference.

My favorite part of APHA was attending poster sessions in my fields of interest.  I was able to network with others that conduct research and I also enjoyed the flexibility to discuss the presented research in more depth than is sometimes feasible during oral sessions.  While at the poster sessions, I gained confidence in my ability to analyze research for its strengths and weaknesses.  I also had the opportunity to present research during a poster session.  This was my first time presenting a poster at APHA and I was initially really nervous.  Presenting at APHA increased my self-efficacy for presenting at future conferences.

Another reason I was grateful I was able to attend APHA was to touch base with other colleagues that live in different parts of the country. I reconnected with a former classmate and a former professor.  I was able to collaborate with my former professor regarding research that may turn into future publications.  I feel APHA was a great sphere to increase opportunities for my future career.

I also gleaned a lot from the many oral sessions I attended.  As usual, there was a large amount of information to process and digest at these sessions.  But, attending sessions in my field of interest helped me rediscover my passion for public health.  I can’t wait to celebrate public health next year in San Francisco!

Lori Andersen is a doctoral candidate in the department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. She will be presenting on the topic of gender differences and determinants of obesity at this year’s APHA meeting.


August 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

The experience of APHA

The Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) is November 2 – 6, in Boston. Early-bird discounts for registration end this Thursday. Below is the experience of one student at last year’s meeting.

Reflections on APHA 2012
by Meghan Ballard, RN

Although I was excited to go to the APHA conference this year in San Francisco, I was not excited to leave the warm weather of New Orleans for the cold, rainy weather of this west coast city.  Luckily for attendees, San Francisco welcomed us with warm, sunny weather, a World Series Championship, and a conference that began with a surprise address by former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.  She discussed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it was constitutionally upheld this year.  Without the community of public health professionals that we will soon become part of, this law would not have been possible.  Thus, the conference began with a renewed sense of hope and pride at choosing to be in the field of public health.

There were many exciting things to do and see at the conference.  The expo had many booths from health-related companies and organizations.   After networking there, I decided to attend some sessions that fascinated me most.  The most interesting sessions I saw were a talk on Fetal Alcohol Effects Across the Lifespan in Russia, The Slut Narrative that talked about why girls call each other “slut” and “ho,” and a series of talks on decreasing maternal mortality from post partum hemorrhage.  When I needed a break from the talks, I decided to view some international films.  On my way to the viewing, I passed by protestors carrying signs saying it’s a person’s right to choose to get circumcised.  Ironically, the film I saw was titled Circumcision Decision, which showed adult men in Swaziland choosing to get circumcised to decrease their risk of HIV/AIDS.  Although the conference only lasted a few days, it was a very exciting, thought-provoking, and educational time.  I can’t wait to relive the memories and make more at the APHA conference next year in Boston.

Meghan Ballard is starting her second year of her MPH, with a concentration in MCH.

August 20, 2013 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

We are MCH Tulane

What is Maternal and Child Health? How does it apply to everyday life? How do researchers use MCH in their work? Here’s a chance to find out more. “We are MCH Tulane” highlights the work of Tulane MCH faculty and alumni around the country and world.

Click on the We are MCH Tulane link to see the Prezi slideshow of pictures and testimonials.

August 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Online resource: Series in Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal and Child Health

The Tulane MCHLT has a six-course series: Introduction to Program Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal and Child Health. Four of the six courses are currently online and available to all who are interested in better understanding how to monitor and evaluate programs, particularly those related to maternal and child health.

Session One – Monitoring & Evaluation: What? When? Who?
This session provides an introduction to the monitoring and evaluation of Maternal and Child Health programs. The first part describes the different types of program evaluation and the context in which these types of evaluation are used. The second part discusses the role of stakeholders to ensure effective evaluation and proposes some strategies to ensure successful collaboration. Students will identify stakeholders for the Child Wellness Program.

Session Two – Program Description and Logic Model
This session discusses the importance of needs assessments in informing program evaluation and guiding the formulation of realistic evaluation goals and objectives. The session will also introduce the logic model as a way to articulate the components of a maternal and child health program. Students will develop a logic model for the Child Wellness Program.

Session Three – Process Evaluation
This session discusses the importance of process evaluation in understanding the context of program implementation.  This session will introduce the Family Nurse Partnership program to illustrate process evaluation findings.  Students will formulate process evaluation questions and indicators for the Child Wellness Program.

Session Four – Outcome Evaluation
This session discusses the importance of outcome evaluation in establishing a causal link between an intervention and observed results.  The first part of this session will focus on identifying proper outcome measures; the second part will focus on the different types of evaluation designs.  Students will formulate outcome evaluation questions and identify an evaluation design for the Child Wellness Program.

Each of these courses is expected to take approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete. The last two courses will be up on the South Central Public Health Partnership learning management system by the end of the year.

August 6, 2013 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

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