Archive for April, 2017

Racing Towards Equity Series Recap!

The Racing Toward Equity Series, hosted by the Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine was a series of three seminars intended to address the various forms of racism, understanding of it’s system level structures, and ways one can be involved in overcoming the challenges related to this work. 

The American Public Health Association’s webinar “Quantifying Racism to Understand and Address Health Disparities” was used in two of three seminars.” The webinar includes an introduction to racism and health disparities, a discussion of implementation and measurement challenges in public health research, a discussion on the measurement of the physiologic impacts of racism on health, and the lessons learned from the the work and how to overcome challenges. 

First Seminar “Naming Racism”

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This seminar included viewing the first part of the webinar- the National Campaign Against Racism. Lead by Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD APHA President, in which she discusses naming, measuring, and addressing racism as a threat to the health and well-being of the nation. 

Second Seminar “Got Class(ism)?” 

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This seminar was lead by one of our MPH students Kendra Davis in which she went over the low-down on class related to health disparities, how class works, and what you can do about it.

Check out this Video on our Second Seminar “Got Class(ism)?” 

*Note: There are long pauses of low or no audio because audience audio was not picked up with the recording’s microphone.* 


Third Seminar “Measuring of Racism”

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This seminar included viewing the part of the webinar- Implementation and Measurement Challenges. Lead by Nancy Krieger, PhD Professor of Social Epidemiology Harvard Chan School of Public Health in which she discusses racism’s impacts on health and the challeneges in evaluating it in public health research. 


Stay tune to what this collaborative will host in the near future! 


April 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

Webinar: “Place, Race, Poverty and Our Youngest Children”

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Place, Race, Poverty and Our Youngest Children: Critical Roles for Public and Primary Health Care in Achieving Health Equity

featuring Charles Bruner, PhD, former Director of the Child and Family Policy Center (CFPC)

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1440 Canal Street in Room 1831A, 18th Floor (Group viewing location)

Join the American Public Health Association, the Tulane Prevention Research Center, and the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health for an interactive discussion about how to achieve health equity by focusing on the factors that influence early childhood health.

Because of limited space for the live webinar (powered by ReadyTalk), those on Tulane’s downtown campus are encouraged to watch the webinar at a group viewing on Tulane’s downtown campus: Room 1831A, 18th floor, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans LA 70112.

A recording will be available online after the event. To register for the webinar and view on your own, click here.

About the Webinar: The P.A.R.E.N.T.S. Science (Protective factors, Adverse childhood experiences, Resiliency, Epigenetics, Neurobiology, Toxic stress, and Social determinants of health) all point to the critical importance of the first years of life to lifelong development. Both primary care child health practitioners and public health entities can play particularly important roles during this period – advancing health equity and reducing physical, social, emotional, and educational disparities. This webinar will draw upon the P.A.R.E.N.T.S. science research and a growing array of exemplary primary care and public health practices to improve young child health trajectories – and describe their particular relevance to addressing disparities in healthy child development by place, race, and poverty. It will present opportunities for advancing such practices through state and federal policy and through community action.Charles Bruner, Ph.D., will present his own research and research syntheses on early childhood policies. Charlie has over 40 years of experience as a researcher, state legislator and policy maker, and child advocate in promoting evidence-based policies to better respond to the needs of vulnerable children and families. He will share his current work specifically focused upon young children and health equity, from a family engagement and community-building perspective.

About the Speaker: Charles Bruner recently retired as Director of the Child and Family Policy Center (CFPC), which he founded in 1989 to “link research and policy on issues vital to children and families.” Prior to that, he served 12 years in the Iowa General Assembly, the last eight as a state senator. He holds a B.A. from Macalester College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in political science. Bruner currently leads a Health Equity and Young Children Initiative, funded by the “Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He consults with national foundations and state and federal policy makers and advocates for developing more comprehensive and holistic responses to vulnerable children – with a particular focus upon young children and their families.

To register for the webinar, click here.

The Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T76MC04927 and title Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program. The Tulane PRC is a member of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under cooperative agreement #U48DP005050. Funding for this seminar was made possible in part by the CDC and HRSA. The views expressed in written seminar materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, or CDC, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

April 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

MAC Student Opportunity Summer/Fall 2017


Position: Practicum (potential to continue into a paid Research Assistant Position) Educare New Orleans Local Evaluation Partnership 

The Mary Amelia Women’s Center is the Local Evaluation Partner for Educare New Orleans, an early childhood program, and we are looking for a practicum or research assistant for the 2017-2018 school year. Preference will be given to graduate-level students who are available for consecutive semesters. 

Students must meet the following criteria: 


Students must be able to work starting May 2017 and must be available through fall 2017. Ideally a student would start this project as a practicum in summer 2017 and would continue on as a research assistant through May 2018. Looking for someone who can commit at least two semesters. Commitments will include work during the week, especially mornings to conduct student assessments. Weekly schedule is flexible. 


 Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing 

 Proficiency in Microsoft Office 

 Interest in social determinants of health and early childhood 

 Interest in working with children and their families 

 Works well with people from a variety of backgrounds 


 Provide logistical and administrative support to the research team including but not limited to: o Assistance with data collection (child screenings/assessments, focus groups with parents) 

o Coordination of participant enrollment and tracking 

o Completion of research requests related to the project including document development, data entry, etc. 

o Organization and preparation of data collection materials and supplies 

o Assistance with data management and analysis related to the project 

 Assist in other project related tasks 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Practicum Application (available, one page cover letter, resume, and 2 references) 

Please submit the required documents online 

Feel free to email Lauren Futrell Dunaway with additional questions.

*Please indicate interest by Friday, April 14, and apply by Friday, April 21, at the latest*



April 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Renewed by coaching

Several of our MPH students attended the annual meeting of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), held this year March 4 – 7, in Kansas City, MO. What follows is a post from one of these attendees.

By Thea Lange, BA

Although attending the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Annual Conference helped me develop new skills and knowledge to bring back to New Orleans, the highlight of my experience was an impromptu coaching session.

I have always appreciated the value of coaching and mentoring programs but, prior to this experience, I have never attended a conference that offers coaching sessions to its attendees. When I learned that coaching was available at AMCHP, I immediately signed up. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the only one excited about the opportunity. I was put on a waitlist and assumed I would have to wait until next year for my coaching session.

Luckily, on Monday afternoon I received an email telling me that a slot had opened up!  Too busy with skills-building sessions to prepare for my coaching appointment (but unwilling to pass on the opportunity), I walked in underprepared. To my surprise, that didn’t matter. In fact, my session was more fruitful because I didn’t have time to overthink.

During the session, my coach asked me a series of questions about my professional and personal aspirations. Through mirroring my tone and body language, she helped me feel confident about my plans for the next few years. Speaking with her gave me a renewed sense of purpose and passion for the work I am doing. I left the coaching session and AMCHP excited to get back to New Orleans and get to work.


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.

April 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Health Equity in Maternal and Child Health

Several of our MPH students attended the annual meeting of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), held this year March 4 – 7, in Kansas City, MO. What follows is a post from one of these attendees.

By Alexis Robles, BA

The 2017 AMCHP Conference in Kansas City was the first conference I attended as a graduate student at Tulane University. I was made aware of this conference through my internship in health equity with the Louisiana Office of Public Health – Bureau of Family Health. The theme of the AMCHP Conference was Engagement with Intention: Inclusivity, Diversity, & Non-Traditional Partnerships. This theme fit perfectly with my work as the BFH Health Equity Intern and I submitted a proposal to present on undoing implicit bias, which was accepted as a poster presentation. The theme of the overall conference was incredibly important to me and inspiring. Public Health professionals from across the country gathered to discuss and share information on diversity, equity, and inclusivity in Maternal and Child Health.

I was exceptionally lucky to be able to participate in the Radical Justice 101: Building the Capacity of MCH to Advance Racial Equity: Putting Concepts into Action daylong session. This session struck me with its participant diversity as it included public health professionals from all different backgrounds, from pediatricians, Title V coordinators, and epidemiologists, to doulas, students, and community health workers. From these different professional backgrounds, we all came together to focus on individual and organizational skill building as it relates to health equity. It was inspiring to see the collaboration across states, professions, gender, races, and languages in the room as we discussed the heavy but necessary topic of racial justice, racial equity, and health equity. Overall, I left this session inspired to join the MCH public health community and with much needed skills on talking about race constructively and authentically engaging both community and partners on social justice issues.

This session combined with the overall theme and accompanying sessions at this conference left me inspired and hopeful for the future of diversity and equity in MCH. I have a renewed passion and sense of purpose to continue this work in my personal and professional life. This conference was an invaluable opportunity to learn and grow while seeing firsthand the quality of work being produced across the nation.

Alexis Robles is a third-year MPH student with a concentration in Community Health Sciences and a certificate in Program Management, with an interest in Maternal and Child Health.  She plans to graduate in May 2017. Her professional background is in community health, particularly with vulnerable and sensitive populations and health policy. Her research interests include health equity, health disparities, racial equity, and social justice. Alexis loves watching horror and sci-fi films and collecting indie bath and body products. She spends her free time with her rescue dog visiting as many parks as possible.

April 4, 2017 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

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