Archive for February, 2014

Happy Mardi Gras!

By Shokufeh Ramirez, MPH

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

This isn’t a post two months too late. It’s a post about Mardi Gras! While most areas of the world carry on with their regular routines, New Orleans is entering the height of the Carnival season. I love that we’re so good at hosting one of the biggest parties in the world. Days full of tradition, creativity, music, glitter, and fun.

Tulane MPH students Emily Flanigan, Judy Rupp, and Upama Aktaruzzaman, at the Knights of Sparta Parade, February 2014

Tulane MPH students Emily Flanigan, Judy Rupp, and Upama Aktaruzzaman, at the Knights of Sparta Parade, February 2014

Having grown up here, in the years when I lived other places, I was always confused by the question, “Do you go to Mardi Gras?” (Despite the various songs suggesting we do just that.) I would try to explain that it’s not something one can really avoid. (And, really, why would you want to?) The city puts a pause/slow-motion on the mundane routines of regular life and redirects its attentions to a party, to which everyone is invited.

We’re not a city known for a high degree of efficiency, but we know how to do Mardi Gras and do it well. Every year, I get giddy weeks before Mardi Gras as I see the clusters of police barricades appear at major intersections, ready to be used to redirect traffic and corral parade-goers. And I swoon in the late afternoon of weeknight parades, watching various vehicles – city tow trucks, utilities, first responders – make their way to the parade route, readying to keep us all safe. (That’s the public health professional in me – always focusing on the system-level processes.)

It also makes my heart beat a little faster to show up at the parades themselves. To run into friends, to gawk at the amazing decorations – on floats and people themselves, to feel my soul infused with the beat of the marching band. All of it makes me love this city a little more.

I think New Orleans itself is one of the things that makes the Tulane experience so special. Mardi Gras is part of that.

Tulane MCH student Jorie Larson, at the Krewe of Nyx Parade, February 2014. Jorie marched with other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV), representing her host country of Burkino Faso, where she served before starting her MPH.

Tulane MCH student Jorie Larson, in the Krewe of Nyx parade, February 2014. Jorie marched with other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, representing her host country of Burkino Faso, where she served before starting her MPH.

Shokufeh Ramirez is the Program Manager of the Tulane MCHLT. She loves New Orleans and thinks you will, too.

February 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

Practicum at Neonatal ICU- App Deadline 3/17

Touro’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,
Member of the Vermont Oxford Study

 Over 900 Neonatal Intensive Care Units worldwide, including Touro’s here in New Orleans, are members of the Vermont Oxford Network.  VON defines itself as a “non-profit voluntary collaboration of health care professionals dedicated to improving the quality of medical care for newborn infants and their families through a coordinated program of research, education and quality improvement projects.”

At Touro’s Family Birthing Center 3,368 babies were born last year and approximately 300 were patients in the hospital’s new state-of-the art Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Throughout the world VON members, like Touro, collect data about the care and out-come of 50,000 high-risk infants a year.  Through follow up studies and research, the Vermont Oxford Study’s goal is to “identify and implement better practices aimed at achieving measurable improvements in quality and safety.”

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 This practicum is an opportunity for a public health student in Maternal and Child Health or Epidemiology.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent communication and strong computer skills
  • Ability to gather data from a variety of sources with strict attention to detail
  • Interest in neonatology as a public health issue
  • Flexible team player who can work comfortably in a diverse workplace

ACTIVITIES include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing charts and other data sources and recording findings in the VON database
  • Analyzing and graphing data for local trends
  • Helping to obtain breast feeding rates and opportunities for improvement
  • Accompanying Family Birthing Center nurse practitioner on rounds
  • Attending monthly Peds/OB conferences with physicians and nursing staff
  • Evaluating the current NICU family education packet which includes information on infant CPR, safe sleeping, car seat safety presented to parents at discharge and making recommendations for updated version

 This is 300-hour volunteer practicum.  To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Denise.Chetta@Touro.com, who will share them with the Family Birthing Center staff for review.  Deadline for applications:  March 17, 2014.

February 19, 2014 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Upcoming Seminar- “Policy Briefs” 2/25

Please join us in partnership with the Tulane Prevention Research Center for this Communication Series seminar entitled “Writing an Effective Policy Brief.” This lecture will be given by Hamida Labi, JD, Policy Analyst at Stand for Children Louisiana.

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When: Tuesday, 2/25 from 12-12:45 pm
Where: Room 1206, Tidewater Building,
Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, New Orleans

This seminar is free and open to the public. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. If you have any questions please contact Naomi King at nking2@tulane.edu or 504.988.7410

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February 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Seminar- ‘Past the Degree’ 2/18

Please join the Maternal & Child Health Leadership Training Program on Tuesday, February 18 for our next installment of our ‘Past the Degree Series’. The lecture series highlights public health professionals who graduated from the MCH section and/or are working in the field of Maternal and Child Health. It provides the opportunity to learn more from the experience of those who have entered the public health workforce and exposes students to potential career options.

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WHO
: Janna Knight, MPH
Evaluation Manager, Louisiana Public Health Institute
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 18
12-1 pm
WHERE: Tidewater Building room 2341 (GCHB Library)
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street

Light lunch will be provided.
If you have questions please contact Shokufeh Ramirez at sramirez@tulane.edu or 504.988.3359

February 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Episode Screening- RACE 2/14

The MCHLT will be screening the third and final segment of the documentary RACE – the Power of an Illusion by California Newsreel, in the GCHB large conference room (2302). You’re welcome to (bring your lunch and) join us.

WHEN: Friday, Feb 14
12-1 pm
WHERE: Tidewater 2302
Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Episode 3- The House We Live In asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions “make” race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.

To learn more about the series, visit http://www.pbs.org/race.

February 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Seminar-Tuesday 2/11 @ noon

Please join us in partnership with the Tulane Prevention Research Center for this Communication Series seminar entitled “Public Health Campaigns: How the 610 Stompers became advocates for safe walking and biking in New Orleans.”

This lecture will be given by Dan Jatres, Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Manager at New Orleans Regional Planning Commission and Jillian Firnhaber, Communication Strategist at Keating Magee

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When: Tuesday, 2/11 from 12-12:45 pm
Where: Room 1206, Tidewater Building,
Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, New Orleans

This seminar is free and open to the public. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. If you have any questions please contact Naomi King at nking2@tulane.edu or 504.988.7410

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February 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment


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