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Tulane PRC Health Promotion Practicum Program

Tulane PRC Health Promotion Practicum Program

Fall 2016/Spring 2017

 The Tulane Prevention Research Center is offering SIX competitive practicum internships that provide students with real-life experience in the field of health promotion working with selected partners of the Tulane PRC. The practicum program is limited to Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine students. Preference is given to graduate-level students who have not yet completed a practicum, but practica have been awarded to exceptional undergraduate students in the past.  

The practicum hosts are 504HealthNet, Backyard Gardeners Network, The Cookbook Project, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Sankofa Community Development Corporation, and Ochsner Health System Community Outreach Program. 

See the attached PDFs for brief descriptions of the internships and the application for all practica. All documents are also available at the Tulane PRC website under Career Opportunities.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 for emailed or faxed applications. All mailed applications must be post-marked by Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. The internship position may begin during the fall semester with the bulk of work performed during the spring semester. Exact start and end dates depend on student availability, program timing, and the organization’s specific needs (see descriptions for details).

The interns will be required to work a total of 300 hours for the designated organizations. For students in the Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Department, this program will fulfill your practicum and project requirements, upon approval of your faculty advisor. The interns will also be required to fulfill all reporting requirements mandated by the school’s practicum manual.

Questions? Contact Naomi King Englar, Tulane PRC Communications and Dissemination Coordinator, at 504.988.7410 or nking2@tulane.edu. Application materials should be submitted to Naomi either via email (nking2@tulane.edu), fax (504.988.3540), or mail (1440 Canal Street, Suite 1829, Mailcode #8319, New Orleans LA 70112).

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October 25, 2016 at 10:24 am Leave a comment

“Innovative Approaches to Prevention and Management of Childhood Obesity” group webinar viewing

Please join us for a group viewing of the Fall 2016 Tulane CEMCH and Tulane PRC Webinar, in partnership with APHA…

Innovative Approaches to Prevention and Management of Childhood Obesity
featuring Dr. Melinda Sothern, PhD, CEP, Professor, Louisiana State University School of Public Health and School of Medicine

Group viewing will be held in Room 1831A (Usdin Family Conference Room), 1440 Canal Street, NOLA 70112.

Webinar sponsors: American Public Health Association, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (Tulane MCH Program), andTulane Prevention Research Center.

About the Webinar:
Childhood obesity prevalence rates have steadily risen throughout the last several decades along with many associated proposed solutions at every level from the family circle to the national arena. In this webinar Innovative Approaches to Prevention and Management of Pediatric Obesity: Physiopathological Basis and Successful Interventions, Dr. Melinda Sothern, PhD, CEP, presents her findings from years of experience studying pediatric obesity as well as evidence of successful and manageable prevention initiatives that can be used to guide both future research and current practice.

Dr. Sothern first describes the unique physiopathological basis of obesity in children and protective factors that give some kids an advantage in managing weight as they grow. She highlights the importance of the health of the mother during pregnancy, stable metabolic health through childhood, and social factors surrounding the child that aid in maintaining normal energy levels and weight. Building from an array of scientific evidence, Dr. Sothern presents interdisciplinary approaches to prevention and management while identifying potential future targets of high-quality multilevel programming, such as women of childbearing age, clinicians, and preschoolers. The webinar concludes with evidence-based strategies for including more nutrition and physical activity into family activities, including the implementation of family routines and parental role modeling.

Webinar attendees will be able to understand the development of childhood obesity from a pathological perspective, be able to identify targets for intervention, and receive practical guidelines for prevention and management of childhood obesity from the family home.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Melinda Sothern is a licensed clinical exercise physiologist and a tenured Professor and Jim Finks Endowed Chair in Health Promotion in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Program, Schools of Public Health and Medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

If you’re not able to view the webinar with us at Tulane, you can register and watch it on your own computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/4v59esn0h40b&eom

October 18, 2016 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Conference Series Seminars

Please join us for two Conference Series seminars presented by the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and Tulane Career Services for tips to attend national conferences!

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Wednesday October 19, 12-1 PM CST: “Getting the Most Out of APHA” featuring Shokufeh Ramirez, MPH, Program Manager, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health.

Where: Room 1208, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans

What: Learn how to prepare for and attend the nation’s largest gathering of public health professionals – the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting – so you get the most out of a conference that has so many options.

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Thursday October 20, 12-1 PM CST: “Networking Tips for Everybody – Expand your Contacts at APHA & Beyond” featuring Margie Cartwright, Director of Career Services and Special Assistant to the Dean for Admissions, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Where: Room 1208, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans

What: Learn how to confidently and strategically network at large conferences, like the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, and follow up with connections made to leverage your time and efforts.

All seminars in this series are sponsored by: Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (Tulane MCH Program) , Tulane SPHTM Career Services, and Tulane SPHTM SGA. *Free and open to the public.*

October 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Open position – Outreach Coordinator

Position: Primary Care Media and Outreach Coordinator Dates: Spring and Summer Academic Sessions of 2016 Hours: 8-12 Hours a week for duration of Spring and Summer 2017 sessions Pay/Stipend: Stipend Available Description: Tulane Department of Family and Community medicine is a department committed to primary care and the community medicine through a patient centered approach. We have multiple programs designed promote scholarship in rural health, preventive medicine, and patient oriented research. Our multi-media outreach coordinator will be working with all these programs.

Deliverables:

  • Update and expand Preventive Medicine Residency Website.
  • Update and maintain a SAPORO (Southern Area Patient Oriented Research Organization) website that integrates with the Department of Family Medicine Website and Preventive Website that meets/complies with Tulane requirements/templates
  • Update and compile a Tulane Preventive Medicine Alumni List along with current contact information
  • Create and distribute a Preventive Medicine News Letter every 6 months by email and hard copy.
  • Create other promotional material to promote the Preventive Medicine Residency Program as well as Tulane’s TRIP program.
  • Update the Tulane Preventive Medicine Wiki Site
  • Potentially attend promotional events such as residency fairs
  • Other duties as required.

Requirements:

  • Student of Tulane University majoring in public health, health care administration, IT, public relations, graphic design, other health related field, or related work experience
  • Able to start this Spring or Summer 2017
  • Ability to design and maintain a website within Tulane University guideline
  • Flexible work schedule with ability to work independently
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Skill in designing multi-media outreach materials such as brochures, newsletters, and other outreach materials.
  • Interest in working with many different people working in public health, research, and primary care.

If you are interested please email your CV and contact information to Dr. Clare Hoff at choff@tulane.edu and CC Lisa Dougherty at lmills@tulane.edu

October 11, 2016 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Public Health in Preschools and Prisons

Two of our MCH Scholars attended this year’s CityMatCH Urban Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, in Philadelphia, September 14 – 16.

By Thea Lange, BA

Mass incarceration is a national issue that threatens the health and human rights of all citizens. In the United States, one out of every three black boys is expected to be incarcerated at some point in his life. This involvement with the criminal justice system could interrupt his schooling, impact his employment and earning potential, increase his risk of disease, and disrupt his social capital. As a result, mass incarceration is disproportionately impacting, not only young black men, but their entire communities.

The majority of detainees and inmates are adults, but the criminalization of black bodies starts as early as preschool. Young black students make up only eighteen percent of preschoolers but represent almost half of all out-of-school suspensions. As black students continue through the school system, they are three times more likely than white students to be suspended. In addition, “zero-tolerance” discipline strategies quickly involve the criminal justice system for minor juvenile offenses creating a pipeline from schools to prisons.

Keynote Speaker Bryan Stevenson and Tulane MPH student Thea Lange

Keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson and Tulane MPH student Thea Lange

This year, the City MatCH/Epidemiology Conference in Philadelphia placed an emphasis on the role of public health in mitigating the structural racism embedded in our country. The conference opened with keynote speaker, Bryan Stevenson, reminding public health professionals of their role in addressing the injustices perpetrated against people of color both inside and outside the criminal justice system. As a public interest lawyer, Mr. Stevenson has dedicated his career to serving the poor, incarcerated and condemned.

In his work and in his life, Mr. Stevenson has witnessed the detrimental effects of structural racism on the health and well-being of people of color. He encouraged us, as public health leaders, to think and talk about our identities and implicit biases. He told us to stay proximate to the populations we serve and retain our cultural humility. He implored us to change the narrative around race in our country by acknowledging the injustices of the past and recognizing the terror black families live in everyday. He told us to hold onto hope because, despite the challenges, people and systems can change. And he encouraged us to be willing to do uncomfortable things because discomfort is part of the healing process. With his keynote speech, Bryan Stevenson set the tone for the rest of the conference.

With tears in my eyes and passion in my heart, I was elated to be immersed in a community that recognizes the structural racism embedded in our society and how it intersects with the public health, criminal justice and education systems. I engaged in lengthy conversations about criminalization of young black children in schools and the progression of that bias into correctional settings. I attended symposiums on how to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and integrate trauma-informed practices into school settings. I obtained insights into how to effectively communicate with legislators and influence policy on the local level. In the end, I came away from the CityMatCH conference with greater insight into how to effectively continue doing the work I am doing.

Thea Lange is a second-year MPH student, concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. She received a bachelor degree in Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College and continues to integrate her undergraduate background into her public health work. Her interests include early childhood education, criminal justice reform, and trauma-informed care.

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October 7, 2016 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Opening Hearts and Minds to Create Change

Two of our MCH Scholars attended this year’s CityMatCH Urban Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, in Philadelphia, September 14 – 16.

By Miranda Pollock, BS

Miranda Pollock and Thea Lange, MPH students, at CityMatCH/MCH Epi

The 2016 CityMatCH/MCH Epidemiology conference theme was Creating Change: Data, Programs and Policies for Healthy Mothers, Children and Families. The sessions were incredible, and definitely adhered to the theme by sparking plenty of positive change. It took place in Philadelphia, PA, which, as one speaker mentioned, is “The city of brotherly love…and sisterly affection.” The conference took off to a running start as Bryan Stevenson was the opening plenary speaker. He is a lawyer, social justice activist, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and a clinical professor at New York University School of Law. His TED Talk can be seen here.

Bryan called attention to the health disparities that exist in MCH populations due to race being an issue of power, and as those with access to power are disconnected from the poor.

He also talked about the importance of knowing your own identity in order to start difficult conversations which may ultimately lead to change. He stated, “I do what I do because I’m broken, too!” This was particularly inspiring and encouraging as he provided an example of vulnerability and authenticity – two qualities that foster great leadership. Bryan then called upon the audience for action, as he urged that certain zip codes in the United States should be considered to be in a state of emergency. This is due to terrible health and incarceration outcomes as compared to other neighboring zip codes. Bryan also alluded to the importance of self-care in a field that demands so much of people. He called on the room full of Maternal and Child Health professionals to protect ourselves from things that make us feel hopeless.

The city of brotherly love... and sisterly affection

The city of brotherly love… and sisterly affection

Aside from CityMatCH having a tear-jerking and motivating opening plenary, the breakout sessions, symposiums, and workshops were also fantastic. I was able to attend sessions related to my passions in equity, community health, reproductive justice, preconception health, and was even lucky enough to hear Belinda Pettiford (my practicum preceptor, and the North Carolina Women’s Health Branch Head) highlight her team’s powerful work on infant mortality reduction and the social determinants of health. All in all, the conference was a success and I look forward to attending in the future.

Miranda Pollock is a second year MPH student in Maternal and Child Health. She plans to graduate in May 2017. Her interests include reproductive and LGBTQ health, qualitative methods, and storytelling for social change. She also loves cycling, yoga, and the arts.

 

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October 6, 2016 at 2:09 am Leave a comment

CEMCH Conference Series

This month, the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health is preparing for national conferences by offering three informative seminars!

 

Thursday October 6, 12-1 PM CST: “How to Develop and Deliver a Poster Presentation”
featuring Shokufeh Ramirez, MPH, Program Manager, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health.

Where: Room 1206, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans

What: Learn how to prepare and present a poster presentation for a major conference like the American Public Health Association.

 

Wednesday October 19, 12-1 PM CST: “Getting the Most Out of APHA” featuring Shokufeh Ramirez, MPH, Program Manager, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health.

Where: Room 1208, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans

What: Learn how to prepare for and attend the nation’s largest gathering of public health professionals – the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting – so you get the most out of a conference that has so many options.

 

Thursday October 20, 12-1 PM CST: “Networking Tips for Everybody – Expand your Contacts at APHA & Beyond” featuring Margie Cartwright, Director of Career Services and Special Assistant to the Dean for Admissions, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Where: Room 1208, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans

What: Learn how to confidently and strategically network at large conferences, like the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, and follow up with connections made to leverage your time and efforts.

 

All seminars in this series are sponsored by: Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (Tulane MCH Program) , Tulane SPHTM Career Services, and Tulane SPHTM SGA. *Free and open to the public.*

For more information contact John Marmion via email to imarmion@tulane.edu or by phone at 504-988-2090.

October 4, 2016 at 10:37 am Leave a comment


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