Archive for September, 2016

Wrapping up our Fall 2016 Race, Health, and Communication Seminar series

Thank you to all who attended our Race, Health, and Communication Seminar series this month! If you weren’t able to join us, we’re happy to share that the recordings of our first two seminars are now available on our YouTube channel.
“Unprisoned: How mass Incarceration Impacts Health and Wellbeing,” with Eve Abrams.
“Critical Race Theory and the intersection of race, law, and power,” with Dr. Mohan Ambikaipaker.

September 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

Zika, Citizen Science, PBS and You – A workshop offering

Interested in contributing to science aimed at protecting the Gulf community from Zika and other mosquito‐borne diseases? The National Science Foundation has funded a project to develop optical recognition software for smart phones and tablets that enables citizens to help track the spread of Zika‐carrying mosquito species.

A workshop will be held to train community members how to identify the species of interest, take photos with their devices, collectother data and submit to the data base.

When: A 1 ½ day workshop will take place October 7‐8, 2016. The half day will be Friday from 2‐5 pm. Saturday activities will start at 10 a.m. and end in the afternoon.

Where: Activities will take place around the neighborhoods of Leon C. Simon Drive, New Orleans. Details will beprovided to registered participants.

Connection with PBS Documentary: PBS is developing a documentary showcasing the contributions of citizen scientists in addressing some of today’s most challenging issues. Workshop participants will be included in the series and should expect to be filmed during training. The series is scheduled to air on PBS nextspring.

Interested in participating? E‐mail Becky Boger at Please provide your full name, email address, and contact number.

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September 30, 2016 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

SHEC Cultural Competency Spotlight Webinar Series: Hispanic/Latino Population

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released its Cultural Competency Resource Guide in fall 2015. This guide is comprised of resources, trainers, institutions and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs), stakeholders and partners to help address cultural barriers with health care systems. Additionally, this guide includes important terms for members of the SHEC to become familiar with as the Council develops a common language around cultural competency. To view the resource guide, visit:

To follow up on the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, the SHEC will host three webinars in various regions of the country. The webinars will include speakers from organizations that focus on cultural competency. Upon completion of the first of these webinars – on the Hispanic/Latino population – the participant will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective:
1. Define cultural competency;
2. Describe the diversity within the Hispanic/Latino community;
3. Explain the relationships among culture, language and health within the Hispanic/Latino community; and
4. Identify cultural competency assessment and evaluation tools.

The focus of the webinar will be the Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Program at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the services it provides to bring cultural and linguistic assistance to the Hispanic/Latino community in Florida.

DATE: October 13, 2016

TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Bettina Byrd-Giles, Chief Executive Officer, The Bethesda Life Center, Inc.
& Patria Alguila, Program Coordinator, MHP Salud

Brendaly Rodriguez, Manager, University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute – Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Program

Register here.

September 30, 2016 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

Lindy Boggs Congressional Fellowship application – now available

Newcomb College Institute sponsors a Lindy Boggs Congressional Fellowship through Women’s Policy Inc. (WPI) each year. WPI awards annual fellowships to a select number of graduate students with a proven commitment to equity for women, and fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August as Congressional legislative aides in Washington, D.C. Fellows work a minimum of 40 hours each week in a congressional office as a legislative aide on policy issues affecting women.

Students who are currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at Tulane University or who have completed such a program within the past 18 months are eligible. NCI alumnae and affiliates are particularly encouraged to apply. NCI strongly recommends that applicants complete at least nine hours of graduate coursework before applying and display serious interest in research and policymaking relevant to women’s issues. The application can be found at:

September 29, 2016 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Southeast MCH Scholars Collaborative Meeting

img_8417This past weekend (Friday, September 23 – Saturday, September 24), we were pleased to host this year’s Southeast MCH Scholars Collaborative Meeting, a partnership with our counterparts at Emory, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of South Florida. As a result of the collaborative, it is expected that Scholars will…

  • Develop a unique MCH identity and expand a view of themselves within a larger system of scholars;
  • Network across programs and states in the SE, building relationships with present and future colleagues; and
  • Enhance MCH knowledge and leadership skills.

img_8248Southeast MCH Scholars Collaborative Meeting Agenda

Resources related to Human-centered design for public health

Select presentations of the Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and their activities

Presentation of Amy Zapata, Louisiana Title V Director

Presentation of Lauren Ramos, HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Director of the Division of MCH Workforce Development

We are so grateful for the many professionals, many of them our alumni, who contributed to the success of this gathering. We also appreciate the engagement of the Scholars themselves as they learned more about the field, themselves, and each other.


September 26, 2016 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Unprisoned: Exploring how mass incarceration impacts health and wellbeing

If you weren’t able to join us for last week’s Health, Race, & Communication seminar, fear not! We’ve uploaded the entire lecture to our Youtube channel.

September 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

Job opening – Social Marketing Intern

Acadiana C.A.R.E.S. in collaboration with the Louisiana Office of Public Health STD/HIV Program is looking for a responsible Social Media Marketing Intern to fill a 12-week, paid internship opportunity that will begin September 26th and conclude on December 16th. The Intern will provide assistance to SHP Prevention staff to support social marketing initiatives and activities. The intern’s primary responsibility will be developing a social marketing strategy and routine posting schedule for our social media platform and support smaller projects as needed. The breadth of the internship experience may include basic graphic design (infographics), short videos, website maintenance, and micro-blogs. Prior to the end of their semester, the intern will submit an evaluation report analyzing trends against their social marketing strategy.

* Current student earning a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in public health, social work, marketing, communications, journalism or related field .
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to convey ideas and facts in a concise and accurate manner.
* Ability and willingness to collaborate with the community, colleagues, and clients of diverse races, ethnicities, religious affiliations/beliefs, genders and sexual orientations.
* Ability to function in a high pressure environment and meet stringent project deadlines.

* Experience managing and/or evaluating health (specifically STD/HIV) related social marketing campaigns.
* Ability to design an original infographic from a designated document.

Applicant Instructions
Submit the following by September 19, 2016 to
· Cover Letter, Resume

September 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

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