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CEMCH LinkedIn Group


The Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH) has a LinkedIn group that serves as another platform to share MCH-related news & articles, job postings, practicum opportunities, and more. The CEMCH LinkedIn group connects MCH professionals within our program and around the world.

Join the Group and Become a Part of Our Network!


August 28, 2017 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

HRSA- DataSpeak Webinar Series


Findings from the 2016 National Survey
of Children’s Health

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET


The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming DataSpeak program to present findings from the redesigned 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). The NSCH is funded and directed by MCHB, with data collection conducted by the Census Bureau. The survey examines the physical and emotional health of children from birth through 17 years of age. Emphasis is placed on factors that may be related to the well-being of children, including medical homes, family interactions, parental health, school experiences, and neighborhood safety. This DataSpeak will be one of the first public presentation on the most recent results of this important survey.

Presentations will be made by:

  • Reem Ghandour, DrPH, MPA, Director of the Division of Epidemiology in the MCHB’s Office of Epidemiology and Research, will present on the NSCH redesign and new estimates from the 2016 NSCH.
  • Jason Fields, PhD, MPH, Survey Director at the US Census Bureau, will present on the data collection methodology for the latest iteration of the survey.


Mark Your Calendars and Register for the webinar HERE!

August 25, 2017 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

The Value of Self-Care Practices


“Self-care — maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle through individually determined activities — has been found to improve productivity and a sense of well-being as well as physical and emotional health in a variety of work settings.”

“Although it is still considered a somewhat controversial concept, many colleges and universities are now regarding self-care as essential for the optimal well-being of everyone in their community: faculty, staff, administrators, students, support personnel and others. The benefits of promoting self-care in the workplace are well documented.”

“Yet even in the face of high and increasing stress levels in all educational fields, self-care remains a low priority for many people in academic settings. In part, that is due to the traditional, culturally entrenched belief that faculty and staff members are expected to be concerned about the well-being of others — often at the exclusion of their own well-being. Indeed, we contend that self-care has not been promoted as a universal component of educational programs because it is perceived by many people to be time off task — and therefore detrimental to fulfilling “real” academic work commitments.”

Follow the Link to Understand what Self-Care is and How You can Practice Self-Care

August 23, 2017 at 10:24 am Leave a comment

Women Deliver: Young Leaders Program Application




As a leading global advocate for the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, Women Deliver catalyzes action by bringing together diverse voices and interests to drive progress for gender equality, with a particular focus on maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights.

Women Deliver was among the first organizations to promote the investment case for girls and women. We are recognized for impactful advocacy strategies, access to world influencers, participation on key coalitions and initiatives, and building the capacity of young people and civil society. 

The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program trains, elevates, and empowers youth advocates to catalyze action for gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women — with particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights and meaningful youth engagement. The program provides youth advocates with the training and resources necessary to extend their influence and actively shape the programs and policies that affect their lives. Started in 2010, the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program is comprised of 400 youth advocates from more than 100 countries, with 300 more scheduled to join in early 2018.

Young Leaders Program is accepting new leaders for their next class!

The Application is Open Until October 13th

Apply Here!

August 18, 2017 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

WEBINAR: Respect Effect: A New Tool for Teen Dating Violence Prevention


That’s Not Cool is an award-winning national public education initiative that partners with young people to help raise awareness and bring educational and organizing tools to communities to address dating violence, unhealthy relationships, and digital abuse. Their vision is for everyone to experience healthy relationships― online and off. The program’s interactive website, tools, and resources support young people as they learn to recognize, avoid, and prevent dating violence in their lives.

That’s Not Cool is hosting a webinar called “Respect Effect: A New Tool for Teen Dating Violence Prevention”

When: Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:00:00 PM CDT – 1:30:00 PM CDT


That’s Not Cool, Futures Without Violence’s teen dating violence prevention program, is very proud to unveil its newest digital tool: Respect Effect. Respect Effect is a brand new mobile application that supports its users to learn and practice healthy relationship skills while earning points for completing fun challenges with their friends. Respect Effect was developed in partnership with teens, and focuses on developing and building the skills young people need to keep themselves safe, to promote positivity and respect (online and off!), and to create and sustain healthy relationships. Join That’s Not Cool (and special guests Break The Cycle!) to learn all about this new tool, and how you, like Break The Cycle, can use Respect Effect in your violence prevention work with youth.


Register for the Webinar and Join the Conversation!

August 16, 2017 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

New Study: The “Adultification” of Black Girls


The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded a report called “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood” :

Why are black girls treated more harshly by schools and the juvenile justice system than white girls who behave the same way? A new study from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality suggests a contributing cause: the “adultification” of black girls.

The Casey-funded report, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, found that adults viewed black girls “as less innocent and more adult-like than white girls of the same age, especially between 5–14 years old.” When compared with white girls, black girls were perceived as:

  • needing less nurturing, protection, support and comfort;
  • being more independent; and
  • knowing more about adult topics, including sex.

The implications of the report’s finding are far reaching, according to Rebecca Epstein, executive director of the center. “Simply put, if authorities in public systems view black girls as less innocent, less needing of protection and generally more like adults, it appears likely that they would also view black girls as more culpable for their actions and, on that basis, punish them more harshly despite their status as children.”

The study builds on previous research, including studies that found black boys are seen as older and more culpable than their white peers. According to the report:

Adultification is a form of dehumanization, robbing black children of the very essence of what makes childhood distinct from all other developmental periods: innocence. Adultification contributes to a false narrative that black youths’ transgressions are intentional and malicious, instead of the result of immature decision making — a key characteristic of childhood.

To further inform policy and practice in child-serving systems, the report recommends additional research to determine the causal connection between the adultification of black girls and existing disparities in negative outcomes.

Girlhood Interrupted is further evidence that public systems serving children must be vigilant in identifying, addressing and reducing inequities and committed to assessing the effectiveness of their strategies for children of color,” says Michael Laracy, Casey’s director of policy reform and advocacy.

Read the formal report on the site!

August 14, 2017 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

AMCHP and NIHCM Webinar- Maternal Health in Crisis

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Maternal Health in Crisis: Ensuring Nationwide Access to Maternity Care Providers

August 22, 2017 | 03:00 PM-04:30 PM ET


Nearly half of all U.S. counties lack a practicing OB-GYN, and the shortage is expected to grow, with projections showing as many as 8,800 fewer OB-GYNs practicing than will be needed in 2020. Maternity workforce shortages and maldistribution are of particular concern for the Medicaid program, which covers about half of all births in the U.S. Meanwhile, American women are dying from pregnancy-related complications at a higher rate than in any other developed country—a problem that’s exacerbated by limited access to providers.

This webinar, presented by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and NIHCM Foundation with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, will explore the following:

  • The dynamics behind maternity workforce challenges, particularly in rural and other underserved areas
  • An example of a public-private collaboration to connect Medicaid mothers-to-be with prenatal care and resources like transportation to doctor visits
  • How financial incentives can be used to encourage medical professionals to specialize in maternal health and to work in underserved areas


3:00-3:05 Welcome AMCHP & NIHCM Foundation

3:05-3:20 Addressing the Shortage of Maternal Care Providers § Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM, President, American College of NurseMidwives

3:20-3:35 Challenges & Opportunities for the Rural Obstetric Workforce § Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management; Director of Research, Rural Health Research Center; University of Minnesota School of Public Health

3:35-3:50 The Ob-gyn/Maternity care workforce in the US § Mallory Schwarz, Federal Affairs Manager, American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

3:50-4:05 Maternity Management for Medicaid Mothers-to-be § Ashlyn Christianson, Public Health Manager, Government Programs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

4:05-4:30 Audience Questions & Answers


Register for the Webinar Here

August 11, 2017 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

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