Archive for July, 2017

APHA- Public Health Fellowship in Government


The Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in government. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials and an interest in serving as a staff person in the U.S. Congress. The fellowship is based in Washington, D.C.

The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health. Much of the work developing public policy happens at the staff level, where these critical issues are not well understood or incorporated into the discussion. The fellow will have the opportunity to make an impact and improve the health of the public.

The fellowship aims to:

  • Establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and public health professionals;
  • Educate public health professionals about the legislative process and the skills necessary to be successful, including the ability to translate complex public health issues into legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives;
  • Increase the visibility and impact public health professionals in the policy arena;
  • Increase attention to and focus on the social determinants of health and the goal of improving health equity and creating healthy communities;
  • Support the inclusion of sound public health science in policy; and
  • Create a culture of policy engagement for public health professionals.

Deadline for the application is August 14th

APPLY Today!


July 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

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 program, guided by the twelve MCH leadership competencies, also collaborates with other members of the wider community.

Among our offerings is the CEMCH Scholar Program, which 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) 2017
  • 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 CEMCH (Semester 1)
  • Shadowing rotations with approximately four 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 Wednesday, August 9. All applicants are also expected to meet by phone with program staff August 14  – 16; please indicate in your cover letter general availability for these days. (If none of those days work, please suggest an alternate day/time).

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

In addition to fulfilling course responsibilities, Scholars are expected to set aside an additional 5 – 10 hours per week throughout the school year, to enable their successful completion of other Scholar requirements.





July 21, 2017 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

HRSA Webinar- DataSpeak Series


DataSpeak Webinar Series

Data-driven Change at the Community Level:Emerging Research on Urban Child Health

Please join us on Monday, July 24, 20171:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming DataSpeak program on urban child health. This webinar will focus on socioemotional and environmental health and how three different programs are using data to drive community action and change for children in urban neighborhoods. Participants will hear how researchers have developed datasets and dashboards from data sources that aren’t commonly combined and how they have balanced local and national data to tell stories about neighborhoods, childhood experiences and health outcomes.

Presentations will include:

  • Renee D. Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine and founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network, will showcase the development and community-focused uses of the Vital Village data dashboard.
  • Claudia J. Coulton, PhD, Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University and founder and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, will present on how the Child Longitudinal Data System was developed and how it has been used to explore the links between housing quality, the foreclosure crisis, and elevated blood lead levels.
  • Lisa M. Sontag-Padilla, PhD, behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation, will discuss the development of a databook on child socio-emotional health using data from the CANDLE (Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early childhood) study and other data sets on families in Memphis and Shelby counties.

Register for the Event HERE!

July 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

BFH -The Gift Breastfeeding Program- Practicum Position

Position:             Practicum Position (Unpaid)
Time Period:     August 2017 through May 2018 (preferred)

Background: The Louisiana Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health (BFH) is the recipient of the Title V Maternal and Child Block Grant funds and the Title X Family Planning Grant funds for the State of Louisiana. With these funds, the Bureau manages family planning services, pregnancy prevention, mortality surveillance (Fetal, infant, child, and maternal), pregnancy and maternal child health educational initiatives, as well as domestic violence prevention.

The BFH provides qualified public health students with a rewarding internship/practicum experience. Students will gain valuable public health experience specific to maternal and child health and breastfeeding. Students will provide programmatic support to a statewide breastfeeding initiative targeting LA maternity care facilities with a focus on evaluation, data collection and analysis.

The Gift Program internship is designed to foster skilled public health professionals and advocates for maternal and child public health issues, specifically breastfeeding. Students will learn how social, behavioral, environmental and biological factors contribute to breastfeeding outcomes and specific strategies to address policy, community, and organizational barriers to breastfeeding. The intern will work with The Gift program manager and the Data to Action Team leader on the evaluation of The Gift program.

Detailed description of the internship:

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 with implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and to assist hospitals with achieving designation through The Gift and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.


July 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Communicating Climate Change Webinar Series



Join public health leaders from California and across the nation for this dynamic series on communicating the powerful connection between climate change and human health. You’ll hear from internationally recognized experts and innovative on-the-ground leaders in this series of four webinars. Each will feature real-life examples and practical recommendations for increasing the impact of climate and health communications.

Starting tomorrow the list of topics for each webinar:

July 1910:00-11:30 a.m. PST

July 2610:00-11:30 a.m. PST

August 210:00-11:30 a.m. PST

August 910:00-11:30 a.m. PST


Register for the webinars HERE!

July 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

A Look Into Youth Perception of HIV


An article was published to address the views of HIV in teens today:

“But you can’t treat what you aren’t aware of. According to the CDC, only 10 percent of sexually experienced high school students have been tested for HIV.”

“That’s a failure of the system for youth,” said Adam Leonard, a nurse practitioner with the San Francisco Department of Public Health who provides PrEP and HIV care to youth and works as an assistant clinical professor of nursing at the University of California at San Francisco. “It means we’re not having conversations with youth in the first place. We’re making assumptions about youth who are and are not ‘at risk’ for HIV or youth aren’t willing to disclose their sexual activity because of stigma.”

The lack of dialogue is key, according to the dozen or so experts—doctors, youth educators, youth living with HIV—I interviewed for this article. This is not an easy to talk about, and given the cultural intersections of 2017—the “historical privilege” combined with the considerable rates of new infections among youth—it’s a difficult subject for some teens to wrap their heads around. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey from 2012 found that “most young people say they are not hearing much about HIV/AIDS. Three out of five say they ‘rarely’ (37 percent) or ‘never’ (27 percent) saw or read any news coverage about HIV/AIDS or other STDs in the last year. It is also not coming up much in everyday conversation: 39 percent say HIV or other STDs have not come up at all in the last year.”

Read the full article here!


July 17, 2017 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America

An article was released to discuss the growing concern for the lack of maternal care in rural parts of America:

“Maternal mortality is also significantly higher in rural areas. Scientific American analyzed public mortality data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and found that in 2015 the maternal mortality rate in large central metropolitan areas was 18.2 per 100,000 live births—but in the most rural areas it was 29.4. Exactly why this happens is unclear. Underlying health conditions such as hypertension or diabetes could be factors, alongside poor prenatal care and geographic access. But the numbers are troubling, and the same trend holds true for infant mortality rates, according to the analysis of CDC figures.”

“New analysis from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center puts the situation in dire terms: “More than two thirds of rural counties in Florida, Nevada and South Dakota have no in-county obstetrical services,” says one of the study’s authors, Carrie Henning-Smith, a research associate at the center. The analysis, which has not yet been published, finds that this was true from 2004 through 2014 (the latest year analyzed). That means these counties had absolutely no hospitals providing obstetrical care—forcing women to travel to other counties.”

“Unfortunately, family physicians are not moving in to fill these care gaps in high enough numbers. And the number of family physicians offering obstetrical services has dropped by half in recent years, although many still offer basic prenatal care: In the year 2000, 23 percent of family physicians offered obstetrics—but when they were surveyed in 2010 it was only about 10 percent.”

Read the rest of this interesting article here to learn more about the decrease in maternal health care in rural parts of america

July 14, 2017 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

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