Archive for May, 2017

Public health school asks “how do we undo racism?”

A new effort at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine aims to revise the way racial health disparities are discussed, studied and taught in the classroom and beyond.

The work, supported by students, school administrators, faculty and staff, included several public seminars and discussions this spring. The goal? To name and define racism, ask “how is racism operating here?” in personal and professional situations, and strategize to act.

Last week, that effort included two multi-day Undoing Racism workshops, facilitated by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and hosted by the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH) and Tulane Mary Amelia Women’s Center (MAC). More than 50 people attended, including students, faculty, staff, and partners from local organizations.

“We anticipate attendees will take what they’ve learned – new language and methods for examining and addressing racism – and apply it to their work, whether that’s in classes, research, or community engagement,” said Shokufeh Ramirez, Assistant Director of the Tulane CEMCH.

Each workshop is designed to educate, challenge and empower people to “undo” the racist structures that hinder effective social change.  The training – which the People’s Institute facilitates regularly worldwide –  is based on the premise that racism has been systematically constructed and that it can be “undone” when people understand where it comes from, how it functions, why it is perpetuated, and what we can do to dismantle it.

In conjunction with Undoing Racism, another series of public seminars this spring called “Racing Toward Equity” also focused on cultivating equity.

“All of these discussions and workshops aim to elevate Tulane’s commitment to diversity, justice, and equity, especially when it comes to health and how systems have been designed to negatively impact communities of color,” said Kat Theall, Director of MAC and associate professor in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences.

By Naomi King Englar

Naomi King Englar is the communications coordinator for the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health



May 30, 2017 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Student Worker Position: Reproductive Education + Advocacy Louisiana/LSU Pediatrics

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The LSU Health Sciences Center/School of Medicine Dept. of Pediatrics is seeking a full time PAID student worker (20 hrs/week during Fall/Spring Semester, up to 40hrs/week in Summer) to work within the Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine Section with the Reproductive Education + Advocacy Louisiana [REAL] Program ( Graduate level student preferred. Practicum-eligible position. 

This individual will be responsible for a variety of administrative and ongoing data collection/data management tasks associated with the REAL initiative to support adolescent reproductive health care, education and advocacy efforts in the greater New Orleans area with expansion to northern Louisiana (Shreveport area). 

The student worker will report to the Program Director and will work closely with a variety of medical professionals, clinical staff and other partner organizations to expand youth access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare and educate medical providers on how to best care and advocate for sexual and reproductive health. Specific duties include: 

  • Coordinate scheduling and logistics for meetings/presentations and trainings of clinical staff and medical professionals and other stakeholders on adolescent sexual and reproductive health topics ranging from Long Acting Contraceptives to Creating Teen to Youth Friendly Clinical Environments. 
  •  Assist in preparation of data collection protocols and procedures, documents and spreadsheets for program reporting to funder and the collection of clinical quality improvement data for ongoing program monitoring 
  •  Assist the Program Director in working with diverse organizational representatives in both New Orleans and Shreveport to expand adolescent health services to new clinical sites 
  •  Other duties related to ongoing Advocacy training initiate for medical providers as assigned
  •  Assist with ongoing efforts to grow and sustain programming in the future (e.g. locating funding opportunities, assisting with the preparation of grant applications, etc.) 

Ideal candidate will be able to commit to the program for a minimum of one year. Experience and comfort and with sexual and reproductive health topics for youth preferred. 

Please submit cover letter/resume to: 

Ivy W Terrell, MPH 

Program Director, Reproductive Education + Advocacy Louisiana [REAL]

(504) 813-2888

May 10, 2017 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

Fit NOLA Program Coordinator

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The City of New Orleans Health Department seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Fit NOLA Program Coordinator (Health Project & Planning Senior Analyst).

Program Overview

Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched Fit NOLA in 2012 with the goal of helping New Orleans become a top ten fittest city in the United States by 2018, the city’s 300th anniversary. More than 200 organizations and stakeholders have joined in the Fit NOLA partnership.  Part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health prizewinning network, we aim to improve the quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in New Orleans. Fit NOLA engages in projects to promote physical activity and healthy eating among children, from early childhood through their school-age years. It also works to connect neighborhoods to healthy resources, promote healthy community design, encourage workplace wellness, and engage the health care sector to promote healthy lifestyles.

Job Duties

The Fit NOLA Program Coordinator will facilitate the implementation of the Fit NOLA partnership and projects. Specific duties include:

  • Work collaboratively with Fit NOLA partners and NOHD staff to develop and implement workplans for health and wellness initiatives in Fit NOLA’s priority areas, including setting goals, tracking performance, and reporting on progress.
  • Work with Fit NOLA chair and sector chairs to plan and coordinate Fit NOLA partnership meetings including steering committee meetings, sector meetings, and full partnership meetings.
  • Liaise with new partners to create community linkages and leverage resources to promote health and wellness.
  • Work with team members to implement Fit NOLA designation programs including Fit NOLA Businesses and Fit NOLA Schools.
  • Communicate regularly with Fit NOLA partners, followers, and the greater community through various channels including email newsletters and social media; manage Fit NOLA’s social media accounts (and/or engage interns or contractors for this purpose).
  • Work with FoodCare, Inc., and other partners to support, update and/or promote the Fit NOLA Smartphone App.
  • Provide administrative and marketing support for the Fit NOLA Live Well program.
  • Identify external funding sources; assist with grant writing and administration; track program budgets.
  • Contribute to equity, quality improvement, and organizational development initiatives within the Health Department.
  • Participate in the Health Department’s emergency response activities as needed.
  • Represent the Health Department at external meetings and working groups as needed.
  • Coordinate with other NOHD programs to support health and wellness program components.
  • Collaborate on City Hall employee wellness activities related to health promotion.
  • Provide excellent customer service for both internal and external customers. Will approach all encounters with a warm, professional greeting and assist to problem solve whenever necessary.  Will recognize when an issue needs further attention from a supervisor and inform management so that the problems can be addressed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Required qualifications are:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in public health, social work, physical education, science, a social science, or a closely related field.
  2. Two (2) years of professional experience in the planning and implementation of health and wellness programs working collaboratively with other organizations. Professional experience is defined as experience gained in a position that that required a Bachelor’s Degree upon entrance.

NOTE: A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in public health, social work, physical education, a social science or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.      

Other desired qualifications include:

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Project management skills
  • Meeting faciliatation and event planning skills
  • Marketing and communications skills, including web and social media
  • Proficiency with graphic design software such as Adobe InDesign, or a willingness to learn
  • Grantwriting and management experience, including development and management of budgets

How to Apply

Interested applicants should apply online via

Questions may be directed to Katherine Cain at or (504) 658-2572.


May 5, 2017 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Get Real-Life Experience with a Practicum at the New Orleans Health Department!

Project Title: Community Health Assessment Intern

Background on the Project: The New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) seeks to address population-level health issues so that all New Orleanians can achieve their full potential. A hallmark of this is the Community Health Improvement (CHI) process, out of which came the first city-wide Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). These planning tools have guided NOHD, partners, and stakeholders. NOHD will continue its CHI work by updating these tools to ensure that collaborative efforts are focused on the most pressing health issues affecting residents. NOHD and the CHI Steering Committee will utilize the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework to guide CHI activities. The intern will work closely with the CHI Coordinator, CHI Steering Committee, local public health partners, and broader community to plan and implement the 4 MAPP Assessments. The intern will compile and analyze data in a report summarizing assessment findings that will be shared with internal participants and that will inform the Community Health Profile report. NOHD strongly desires for the CHA to reflect its departmental focus on health equity and envisions the CHA being a strong example of how the Department and City government can incorporate a Health Equity lens in their work. For more about this organization, visit

Students Responsibilities and Activities: NOHD will require having a set schedule for the CHI practicum, yet will allow for flexibility as it is needed to accommodate major practicum events and student conflicts. The recommended number of hours worked per week is 20. Following this recommendation, the approximate start date will be within the week of May 15thand end date within the week of August 28th. The intern will:

  • Assist in planning and implementing Steering Committee convenings, Core Advisory Group meetings, and subcommittee meetings as they relate to the 4 MAPP Assessments.
  • Research assessment methods utilized by other nationally accredited health departments; report on best practices and implications for New Orleans’ CHI process
  •  Assist in the development of a plan to monitor and evaluate the 4 MAPP assessments and design evaluation tools to support that plan.
  • Assist in designing the 4 MAPP assessments, ensuring they incorporate methods to measure health inequities, uncover patterns of health inequity, and shed light on root causes of health inequities.
  •  Support the collection of primary and secondary assessment data.
  • Display cultural competence and cultural humility while engaging with various audiences.
  • Compile and analyze data collected through each of the 4 MAPP assessments that includes an analysis of the impact of the social determinants of health on health outcomes.
  • Summarize findings in a MAPP assessment report that employs health literacy techniques, and utilizes quality and performance tools and technological resources available through the City’s Information Technology and Innovation Department.


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

Supervisor: Jodi Dyer, LMSW, Community Health Improvement Coordinator at NOHD.

Transportation: Car is not required, but a form of reliable transportation is. Prior practicum students have chosen to bike, walk, or utilize Tulane’s shuttle services due to the complexities of parking at or around the practicum site. The majority of work will be conducted on the 8th floor of New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans.

Application deadline: May 15 at 5 p.m. Send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two professional references to:  Naomi King Englar,, Tulane PRC Communications and Dissemination Coordinator, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 1829, Mailcode #8319, New Orleans LA 70112

Questions? Contact Naomi at 504.988.7410 or

May 3, 2017 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

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