Archive for April, 2014

Job Opportunity: Healthy Start New Orleans

Full-Time Community Outreach and Health Education Coordinator                             

Healthy Start New Orleans’ mission is to promote healthy communities by nurturing healthy pregnancies, healthy babies, and healthy communities.  We are currently accepting applications for a Community Outreach and Health Education Coordinator.  We are looking for a leader who is passionate about the Healthy Start mission to lead our community health worker and health education team.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s Degree plus one year experience or a Masters in Public Health, Social Work or a related field.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter expressing their interest to Karmen McKinley at klmckinley@nola.gov


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April 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Practicum Opportunity #WeAreMCH

The Gift Internship
Bureau of Family Health (LA Dept. of Health and Hospitals- Office of Public Health)

Summer- Fall 2014

The Bureau of Family Health provides qualified public health students with a rewarding practicum/internship. Students will gain valuable public health experience, specific to maternal and child health/breastfeeding. Students will provide programmatic support to a statewide breastfeeding initiative targeting LA maternity care facilities (The Gift) with a focus on evaluation and data collection/analysis.  The purpose of the Bureau of Family Health Gift Program internship is to foster skilled public health professional s and advocates for maternal and child public health issues, specifically breastfeeding.  Students will learn how social, behavioral, environmental and biological factors contribute to breastfeeding outcomes and specific strategies to address policy, community, organizational barriers to breastfeeding.  The Practicum Student/Intern will be embedded within the Data Action team and his/her primary purpose will be to work with The Gift Program Manager and Data to Action Team Leader on the evaluation of The Gift program.

Detailed description of the internship
Primary Purpose:  To measure The Gift program’s impact on breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity and duration among women delivering in Gift designated hospitals.
Secondary Purpose:  To evaluate the success of The Gift model in aiding participating hospitals in improvement in the Ten Steps to achieving The Gift and/or the Baby-Friendly Hospital designation.

Goals
1. Gain experience in program evaluation in the “real world
2. Practice database design skills
3. Analyze, summarize and present data.

Objectives
1. Explore literature on the evaluation of the breastfeeding initiatives targeting delivery hospitals.
2. Describe design considerations for controlling for confounding factors in real world evaluation of programs which exist in communities with multiple efforts aimed at influencing breastfeeding practices.
3. Design relational databases for hospital specific information (descriptors, application information, mPINC scores), hospital assessments, and pre/post-test training instrument data.
4. Apply statistical methods to self-assessment data and pre/post training data
5. Link delivery hospital data to PRAMS data to analyze breastfeeding initiation and duration for women who delivered at The Gift designated facilities.
6. Transcribe qualitative interview data from hospital staff.
7. Summarize, write up and present aggregate and hospital specific results to The Gift staff.
8. Apply theory and strategy based communication principles across different settings and audiences.
9. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communication in the process of design, implementation and evaluation of public health programs.
10. Develop/improve a contacts/outreach management system for the program.

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For more information or to apply, please contact Marci Brewer at Marci.Brewer@la.gov

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April 22, 2014 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Practicum on the Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program

Breastfeeding Program &
Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition of the Bureau of Family Health (LA Dept. of Health and Hospitals- Office of Public Health)

Summer – Fall 2014

 The Bureau of Family Health (BFH) works to promote health for all Louisiana women, children, teens and families through data, health education/communication, clinical and support services and policy.  The BFH works to increase breastfeeding rates in Louisiana in order to improve infant and child mortality and morbidity through a multilevel strategy including the following distinct efforts:

  • Hospital quality initiative and designation program (The Gift)
  • Training for hospital administration, physicians, nurses, medical providers and their staff
  • Staff support for a statewide breastfeeding coalition (Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition)

The mission of the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition (LBC) is to make breastfeeding the norm in Louisiana.  Through outreach, advocacy, and education, the Coalition focuses on removing barriers to breastfeeding for women, their children and families.  This practicum will work primarily on the Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program, which works with Louisiana employers to provide time, space, and support for women who are breastfeeding or pumping milk in the workplace.

 LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • To learn how breastfeeding influences the health of both mother and child by becoming familiar with the biological, physiological and nutritional aspects of breastfeeding and breast milk.
  • To learn effective ways of engaging a target audience through outreach to the public and to the private sector.
  • To develop skills in partner coordination and outreach campaign management.
  • Other objectives as appropriate for the student’s interests and experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES FOR PRACTICUM:

  • Conduct outreach to employers to encourage them to comply with laws related to workplace breastfeeding, and to inform them about the program
  • Conduct follow-up with participating workplaces
  • Manage process of certifying eligible employers as Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces
  • Coordinate with members and partners, including the Tulane University Mary Amelia Women’s Center,  on program activities
  • Design and maintain database of contacts with employers and partners
  • Maintain Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program of LBC web site
  • Together with LBC staff, develop a plan for project implementation and timeline for practicum activities

For more information or to apply, please contact Marci Brewer at Marci.Brewer@la.gov.

 

 

April 22, 2014 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

Touro Practicum- Application Deadline 5/9

Breastfeeding Certification at Touro

Through this practicum Touro’s Family Birthing Center, where 3,368 babies were born last year, will obtain its GIFT (Guided Infant Feeding Techniques).  GIFT is a “quality improvement and certification program for Louisiana birthing facilities that is based on the best practice model for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding.”  The GIFT program helps to assure that the criteria for educating new parents and healthcare staff on the techniques of breastfeeding have been met.  This practicum is an opportunity for public health students in Maternal & Child Health.

“Gift is a tool for facilities to enhance their maternal-child services and promote breastfeeding as the normal and preferred method of infant feeding.”

 www.thegiftla.org                         www.touro.com

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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

ACTIVITIES include, but are not limited to:

  • Advising staff and creating strategies for Touro’s Family Birthing Center to implement Gifts’ “Ten Steps to a Healthy Breastfed Baby”
  • Auditing charts and other sources to document the implementation
  • Help staff follow up if/when there are low results or no documentation
  • Assist staff in using collected data to prepare the Gift certification application

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 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:  May 9, 2014.

April 17, 2014 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

Healthy Start New Orleans has vacancies

Healthy Start New Orleans’ mission is to promote healthy communities by nurturing healthy pregnancies, healthy babies, and healthy families.  HSNO has three vacancies for qualified professionals in public health, social service, or related fields.  We are looking for energetic candidates who are passionate about the Healthy Start mission and experienced in working with diverse populations.  If you know of any interested candidates, please ask them to send a cover letter and resume to Karmen McKinley at klmckinley@nola.gov.

Grants and Performance Manager
Requires a Masters Degree in public health, social services or related field plus three years  management experience. Experience in writing federal grants and managing quality assurance and improvement efforts.  Comfortable with providing coaching and feedback to staff and peers.  Must be detail oriented and organized.

Quality Assurance Coordinator
Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in public health or social services or a related field plus one year related work experience.  Experience managing databases, compiling and analyzing data, and providing feedback to staff and peers on performance.   Must be detail oriented and organized.

Case Manager
Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in public health or social services or a related field plus one year related work experience.  Experience in providing case management services to diverse populations.  Willing to provide home visits to families in high risk neighborhoods.

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April 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

6 PRC Summer Practicums- Application Deadline 4/18

prcLOGOThese 6 practicum are available for summer (with possible run over into fall) 2014. All interns will be required to work a total of 300 hours. These practicums are restricted to Tulane students; graduate students will be given preference.

The deadline to apply is 5 pm, April 18, 2014 for emailed/faxed applications and April 16, 2014 postmark for all mailed applications. The application forms and further details about each of these internships can be found on the Tulane PRC website under Career Opportunities.

Questions? Please contact Naomi King Englar, PRC Communications and Training Coordinator at 504.988.7410 or nking2@tulane.edu.

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Healthy Lifestyles Committee/Program Planning Internship

Broad Community Connections (BCC) is a non-profit, Main Street organization whose mission is to revitalize Broad Street from Tulane Avenue to Bayou Road as a vibrant commercial corridor, bringing together the surrounding neighborhoods and promoting their economic, residential, and cultural development.
Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Help develop healthy eating and active living programs at the ReFresh Project for underserved communities
  • Help provide health-related services and improve health outcomes including the development of a Community Health Worker program.
  • Work with the ReFresh NOLA Coalition to improving the health and economic well-being of neighborhoods surrounding Broad Street

 

Summer Food Provider Report Card 
Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools (Rethink) is a youth leadership development program that supports students in “rethinking” their public school experience and leading student-driven policy reforms. The School Food Report Card (SFRC), a youth based participatory action research (YPAR) project that puts youth at the forefront of evaluating health and wellness factors in their school.
Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Collaborate with Rethinkers, Rethink staff and Share Our Strength to design a research process for evaluating summer food service providers
  • Work with Rethinkers during Rethink summer program to practice research skills (surveying, interview skills, etc.)
  • Coordinate data collection process
  • Accompany Rethinkers to summer camp sites for data collection
  • Perform data entry tasks to prepare data for analysis

 

Blueprint for Safety Project Internship
The New Orleans Health Department’s Blueprint for SafetyProject is a singular philosophically based, model policy that coordinates each criminal justice agency’s response to domestic violence; including, 911, Law Enforcement, the Sheriff’s Department, Prosecution & District Attorney Victim Advocates, Probation & Parole, Court Administration and the New Orleans Family Justice Center. The internship will primarily focus on two aspects of the Project, addressing impact disparities in the development of Blueprint policies and analyzing domestic violence arrests and case dispositions locally and nationally. The intern is expected to commit 15-20 hours per week.
Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Work with local advocates to engage the community of African-American women arrested for domestic violence
  • Processing and analyzing domestic violence case information
  • Input data and produce statistical reports/develop research papers
  • Prepare quarterly aggregate public reports and develop recommendations
  • Co-facilitate focus groups with key stakeholders
  • Develop strategies to successfully engage a vulnerable population in partnership toward policy development
  • Attend meetings, conduct research, prepare notes, and draft memos and policy reports

 

Veggie Power Dollar Program Internship
Sankofa CDC is working to revitalize New Orleans’ Ninth Ward and advance opportunities in the areas of urban revitalization, education, health, and economic development.  Through its Mobile Market and Gardens programs, the organization is working to create access to healthy food and decrease the disproportionately high health risks existing within this community. An intern is needed to plan, monitor and manage this incentive program whose main goal is to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables among low income seniors and families with children by increasing their purchasing power. Intern must be available on most Saturdays to work at the Mobile Market.
Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Manage application process of participants
  • Strategize methods of conducting outreach to seniors to ensure understanding
  • Collect data and track seniors and low-income families that participate
  • Synthesize data and construct a report for further program development
  • Facilitate all activities, focus groups, forums, and exercised including setting up the market & maintaining an organized space
  • Attend neighborhood meetings with the Programs Manager to assess community needs
  • Organize Sankofa CDC outreach table at community events, forums, and discussions

 

Healthy Pantry Project Internship
The Second Harvest program partners with community agencies to offer food-based nutrition education courses led by a trained staff member and volunteer culinary and nutrition professionals. The goal is to address the increasing need for nutrition education among families through high-quality cooking courses that build long-term self-sufficiency skills. The project aims to expand the Cooking Matters nutrition education program to target local food pantries to determine the types of foods currently offered and the support needed to improve the availability of healthy food.
Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Develop partnerships with local pantries in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes to offer tools and services for engaging and empowering clients to make healthier food choices.
  • Develop demonstrations to help increase the use of uncommonly chosen pantry items and educate clients on how to use these foods in meal preparation.
  • Pantry demos, tastings, modification of foods in courses to reflect pantry foods
  • Develop tools and services to help clients move “from hunger to health,” using food banks infrastructure to transform communities through good nutrition
  • Develop tools to measure impact

 

Village de L’Est Community Assessment Project Internship
Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) empowers youth and families through supportive services and organizing for cultural enrichment and positive social change by improving education equity, health access, and civic engagement.
Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Train VAYLA youth members on community assessment design and implementation methods
  • Design a survey tool to conduct community assessment collection demographic information and economic, educational and health conditions of young people in Village de L’Est between the ages of 12-24
  • Implement tool and provide support to VAYLA Equity team for incorporating survey findings into organizing strategies and campaign outreach tools

April 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

Project Assistant Job at MAC

~ Project Assistant needed at the Mary Amelia Women’s Center ~
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This paid student position incorporates various tasks that are related to the Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program.  This program consists of reaching out to employers in New Orleans and assisting them in establishing breastfeeding/lactation support for their employees.
 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be available for Summer and Fall 2014, 10-20 hours per week
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing (especially via email)
  • Computer skills: including proficiency in Microsoft Office software
MAIN ACTIVITIES:
Provide logistical and administrative support for the Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program including but not limited to:
o   Conducting outreach to businesses in New Orleans
o   Preparing outreach and program materials
o   Assist in disseminating outreach materials for employers and working women in the community

For more information and to apply, please contact Caitrin Alb atchogan2@tulane.eduMAC logo

April 9, 2014 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

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