Archive for March, 2014

Webcast Viewing: Monday 4/7

Please join the MCHLT to watch the live webcast of Chris Gunther, MPH, Manager of Strategic Initiatives for the City of New Orleans Health Department present  “Stopping Violence Before it Occurs: Violence Prevention, Maternal & Child Health, and Public Health”

When: Monday, April 7
12-1:30 pm
Where: Tidewater Room 2302
1440 Canal Street

Homicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24. To address the issue of youth violence, localities across the county are increasingly looking to the tools of public health to stop violence from happening before it occurs. This presentation will provide an overview of the public health approach to addressing violence and discuss the implications of this approach for the field of maternal and child health. Drawing on lessons learned from violence prevention activities in New Orleans, this presentation will provide public health practitioners and other key allies with a framework for violence prevention in their communitiesword cloud logo 7

This event is sponsored by the Tulane Maternal and Child Health Leadership Program and produced by the Alabama Department of Public Health



March 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Seminar- ‘Past the Degree’ 4/15

Please join the Maternal & Child Health Leadership Training Program on Tuesday, April 15th 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.


WHO: Lindsay Usry, MPH
Director of Special Projects,
LA Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Coordinator,
Institute of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health,
Tulane University School of Medicine
WHEN: Tuesday, April 15
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 or 504.988.3359

March 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Practicum opportunity: Mother-Baby Care

Mother-Baby Care at Touro

 More and more women opt for a care plan in which mothers and babies are not separated.  Research proves there are many benefits to mother-baby care, creating more opportunities for skin-to-skin contact which promotes early bonding, reduces hypothermia and facilitates breastfeeding.  Placing mother and child in the same room is a more family-centered approach that also eases the parents’ and child’s transition from hospital to home.

At Touro’s state-of-the-art Family Birthing Center 3,368 babies were born last year.  However, the hospital’s traditional location-centered practice model places post-partum mothers in private rooms and newborns in the well baby nursery or NICU, depending on their needs.  Although infants visit mothers frequently, time for skin-to-skin contact is somewhat limited.

 By the year 2015, Touro plans to fully implement a Mother-Baby Care plan based on national best practices.

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


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to thoroughly research topic from a variety of sources
  • Interest in maternal/child care as a public health issue
  • Flexible team player who can work comfortably in a diverse workplace

ACTIVITES include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching Mother-Baby Care Units at hospitals throughout the U.S. and indicating what does/does not work and why
  • Identifying best practices from the above
  • Presenting above findings to the Family Birthing Center staff
  • Interviewing senior staff who were present when Touro tried this plan previously and reporting on findings
  • Identifying resources and making recommendations for staff training and attending all staff trainings

This is 300-hour volunteer practicum.  To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to, who will share them with the Family Birthing Center staff for review.  Deadline for applications:  March 31, 2014.

March 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Seminar: Tuesday, March 18

Please join us for our next installment of our Communications Seminar hosted by the MCHLT and Tulane’s Prevention Research Center. “Media Advocacy: Harnessing the Power of News Media to Share Your Message” will be led by Naomi King Englar, Communications and Training Coordinator of the Tulane Prevention Research Center and the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program
Naomi King headshot

When: Tuesday 3/18 from 12-12:45pm
Where: Tidewater Building Room 1206
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, New Orleans

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March 12, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Pro-cras-ti-na-tion : the act of ruining your own life for no apparent reason

By Kerri Wizner

Ever find yourself cleaning out that forgotten drawer, that has been stagnant for the last year, at midnight  the night before your paper is due? Or getting lost in the world of Google because you’ve found the most interesting topic that is not the exam you are supposed to be studying for? Are you avoiding doing homework right now? Then this is the article for you (and pretty much everyone).

One author (self described as a lifetime procrastinator) navigates why we procrastinate using tongue-in-cheek humor and metaphors like “instant gratification monkey” and the “panic monster” to describe the rational behind why we sometimes choose to do everything else before getting to the important task that has an actual deadline.

You can read the full article  at Blogging about the woes of a procrastinator in terms of deadlines and compared to a non-procrastinating person, the author shares how even if the task is eventually completed- it doesn’t reflect a best effort and becomes a vicious cycle as more deadlines approach.

Many authors over the years have commented on this pitfall to creativity and here are some good ones: 

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. 
What mood is that?  Last-minute panic.”
-Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes cartoonist

“The scholar’s greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.”
-Steven King, author

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”
-Don Marquis, 1920’s New York Tribune columnist

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”
-Wayne Gretzky, hockey player

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” 
–Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Love, Pray author

Luckily part 2 of this article  (at how to address this Achilles heel of every good intention. The two main features the author focuses on to rectify this unproductive behavior is planning and doing – easier said than done right? The solution is effective planning by breaking down each task into simpler steps that can be completed and leave the overall task less daunting. Using deadlines and measurable outcomes may help you  stay on schedule and help complete the tasks that you just planned out. Eventually you want to hang out with “instant gratification monkey” without the guilt of having a looming task deadline, because it’s already done- or at least started.

There are plenty of studies out there researching why, how, and how much procrastination effects our lives with interesting titles like “College students given long-term deadlines actually have reduced performance in their courses” and “Studies on willpower have found that any use of willpower seems to reduce the amount of it left over for other tasks,” as well as articles addressing differences in how men and women procrastinate and that childhood or parenting styles maybe indicators for future procrastination (more studies at
In the coming weeks, as deadlines loom, you’ll develop a healthy relationship with the instant gratification monkey. The links in this post might help you prepare for such. (Though it’s possible that your reading them is a way for you to procrastinate.)

Want more tips on focusing on the task at hand? Check out this article:

Kerri Wizner, BS, is a student staff member of the MCHLT and is an MPH student in the Epidemiology Department at Tulane SPHTM with an interest in maternal & child health

March 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

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