Archive for July, 2015

Now accepting applications for the CEMCH Scholars program – deadline: August 12

The Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health is now accepting applications for its Scholars program!CEMCH5

Funded by the HRSA Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau, the Tulane CEMCH seeks to improve the health of women, infants, children, youth and their families through development of the MCH workforce. We provide opportunities for training and experience for students at the School of Public Health, as well as current public health practitioners.  Our programs, guided by the twelve MCH leadership competencies, also impact other members of the New Orleans community.

The CEMCH Scholar Program provides mentored self-development activities to help students become leaders in the field of maternal and child health. This four-semester program includes:

  • Coursework
  • Shadowing rotations
  • Service outreach
  • Self-reflection
  • Readings and discussion
  • 5-year development plan
  • Mentoring meetings
  • Conference opportunities

Eligibility Requirements

  • MPH students entering in Fall (or summer) 2015
  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in the GCHB department
  • Enrolled in the MCH program

For the incoming cohort, Scholars will be expected to benefit from the following…

  • Completion of GCHB 6140, with tuition for this course covered by the MCHLT (Semester 1)
  • Shadowing rotations, of ten hours each, with six local organizations (Semesters 1 and 2)
  • Community service outreach with one local organization (Semesters 3 and 4)
  • Participation in workshops for development of personal and professional skills (1 each semester, Semesters 1-4)
  • Providing mini-lectures, on MCH interests and goals, to public health undergraduates at Tulane and Xavier (Semester 3)
  • Leadership lecture series based on readings focused on additional leadership attributes (throughout)
  • Additional personal development activities and meetings (throughout)
  • Support to national conferences (annually)

To apply, submit:

  • an updated resume or CV
  • a cover letter detailing your interests in the field of maternal and child health and commitment to and interest in the Scholar program
  • your transcript (unofficial version is fine – if you are a student who started in the summer, please include your Tulane transcript, in addition to your undergraduate one)

Applications should be submitted by email to Shokufeh Ramirez (, by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. All applicants are also expected to meet by phone with program staff August 10 – 17; please indicate general availability in your cover letter.

Decisions will be made by August 18, so that can Scholars can enroll in GCHB 6140 in time to start the course the following week.


July 31, 2015 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Research Coordinator/Parent Educator position – NOW FILLED


Children’s Bureau is seeking candidates for the position of a full-time Research Coordinator/Parent Educator. This person will work with the Tulane University School of Public Health and the City of New Orleans WIC clinics on a CDC-funded randomized controlled trial studying the effectiveness of implementing low cost parenting interventions designed to reduce risk of child physical abuse and promote positive parenting in broad segments of the population.

As the Research Coordinator, this position is responsible for:

  • ensuring all research activities follow established protocol
  • conducting and supervising data entry on participant records
  • training and supervising Research Assistants
  • managing and coordinating staff schedules
  • coordinating and co-facilitating weekly meetings
  • maintain and leading effective communications with research team and WIC staff
  • assisting in other team management and/or study responsibilities as assigned

As the Parent Educator, this position is responsible for providing Triple P (level 2/brief session only) to parents who enroll in the study and are randomly selected for this intervention.

Eligible candidates must have graduate level education in public health, social work, education, counseling, psychology, or a related field. Candidates should be committed to high research quality and integrity as well as offering high quality services to parents. Candidates should have strong written and verbal communication skills, a high level of attention to detail and personal organization, and experience working with parents and families. They should also be proactive, a strong team player, and have reliable transportation.  Position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.

If interested, please send your resume’ and cover letter to and to Dr. Cathy Taylor, study PI ( Please put “TIPPS Research Coordinator/Parent Educator” in the subject line.

Date:  July 8, 2015

July 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

More Global Than Ever

After nearly a year of planning, several changes officially take place today at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. These changes result in a stronger alignment of faculty and enhanced education for our students. They will also reinforce our global approach linking domestic and international issues and programs.

The Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB) welcomes twelve international health faculty, including several whose work focuses on maternal and child health. The department is also the new home of the MPH in International Health and Development, providing a tremendous level of synergy within our department, and assembling one of the largest number of faculty in social and behavioral science in a school of public health.

Dr. Arachu Castro leads a public health summer course that brings students to Cuba. Here, students pose in front of the Cuban National School of Public Health. (Photo by Dr. Arachu Castro, Dept. of GCHB)

Dr. Arachu Castro leads a public health summer course that brings students to Cuba. Here, students pose in front of the Cuban National School of Public Health.
(Photo by Dr. Arachu Castro, Dept. of GCHB)

This growth in GCHB, and MCH, will provide students with excellent opportunities both in the classroom and in practice. Many of our faculty were already collaborating, as there are common interests in the public health issues and research topics addressed, including social determinants of health, applied and translational research, program monitoring and evaluation, and maternal and child health. Having these shared interests in one department will make such collaboration smoother and allow for greater alignment in addressing domestic and international health, for faculty and for students.

You can now find the new and improved department on the 22nd floor of Tidewater. Visit the Tulane SPHTM Pressroom to learn more about how the school is more global than ever.

#TulaneSPHTM #MoreGlobalThanEver #WeAreMCH

July 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

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