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Tulane CEMCH Scholar Program – now accepting applications

CEMCH5Funded 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) 2016
  • 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 with five to 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 (Semesters 3 and 4)
  • Additional personal development activities and meetings (throughout)
  • Support to national conferences (annually)
  • Small stipend (each semester)


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 Sunday, August 14, 2016. All applicants are also expected to meet by phone with program staff August 16 – 17; please indicate in your cover letter general availability for these days.

Decisions will be made prior to orientation, so that can Scholars can enroll in GCHB 6140 in time to start the course at the beginning of the semester.




July 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

Webinar viewing – “Adolescent Health in Louisiana”

Join us for a group viewing of the first webinar in Louisiana Public Health Institute’s Adolescent Health Series!

What: “The Adolescent Mapping Project: Orleans Parish”
When: Wednesday, July 27th from 1:00-2:00 PM CST
Where: 1440 Canal St, Tidewater Building, Room TBA

If you’re unable to make it, watch from the comfort of your own home by registering at the following link:


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July 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Refugee Health

by Aiko Kaji, RN, MPH

I attended the North American Refugee Health Conference on June 12-14, 2016 in Niagara Falls, NY. I presented my independent study on Barriers to Healthcare Access Among Karen Refugee Children Living in Houston TX. The Karen were among the first ethnic minority groups to engage in armed struggles with the Burmese military government after Burma’s independence from British rule in 1948. Armed ethnic conflict within Burma has driven more than 130,000 refugees across the border into refugee camps within Thailand over the past three decades. Since 2005, more than 73,000 refugees from Burma have resettled in the United States.

Nearly 650 attendees, including medical doctors, nurses, public health officers and social workers joined the conference. The conference was eye-opening and encouraged me to purse my career in refugee health. I didn’t expect that such a huge number of people are interested in refugee health and are currently working for refugee populations in settings such as primary care clinics, refugee resettlement agencies, governmental institutes and international organizations in the United States and abroad.

I cannot stop thinking about a refugee’s story that one of the key speakers shared with the audience: about the life of a Karen refugee. A Karen refugee died of an asthma attack last year. His death could have been prevented if his wife, also a Karen refugee, had known how to call 911. This story shows how challenging their lives are. The presentation reminds me of Karen refugee mothers in Houston who did not know where to take their sick children.

Refugees are vulnerable and are often neglected from our mainstream society. Not only families and friends, but also communities and society, might have prevented the tragedy. During the conference, mass shooting violence in Orlando was on the front page of all the newspapers; the shooter was a son of Afghan immigrants. I really hope this does not lead to negative feelings toward refugees and immigrants. Rather than prejudice, we need to unify the diverse communities for our future.

Aiko Kaji is a second year PhD student at Tulane concentrating on migration and health. She is currently preparing for her prospectus defense, and plans to graduate in 2017/2018. Since 2007, she has worked extensively with Burmese/Myanmar refugees and migrants along the Thai-Burma/Myanmar border.


July 12, 2016 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

Bureau of Family Health – Gift Program – Practicum Position AVAILABLE

The Bureau of Family Health (BFH) 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.

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.

Continue Reading July 5, 2016 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

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