Archive for February, 2018

Seeing Public Health through a New Lens

One of our MPH students attended the annual meeting of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), held February 10-13, in Arlington, Virginia. What follows is a post from one of these attendees.

By Emma Beall, BSPH

This Mardi Gras, I decided to trade in my beads for a trip to the AMCHP annual conference. The theme, Staying Focused: The Enduring Commitment of MCH to Families and Outcomes, featured several fascinating panel discussions, such as one emphasizing the importance of including fathers and men in MCH programs. Another focused on recent disasters across the U.S. – the recent wildfires, hurricanes, flooding – and rise of the opioid epidemic – as well as the threats these emergencies pose to public health.

The day before the conference officially started, I attended two skill-building sessions with other conference participants. The morning session, Transforming Health Centers into Adolescent- Centered Medical Homes, was one of my favorite parts of the conference. During this session, facilitators walked the group through specific ways health facilities can more effectively reach and serve adolescents, particularly through changes to clinic environments. Tips presented included both providing phone chargers in waiting rooms and posting confidentiality laws throughout the clinic so that teens know what they can disclose in confidence with providers – without fear of their parents finding out. Facilitators also noted the importance of extending clinic hours to allow for appointments later in the day and on the weekends in order to better reach teens. Other sessions focused on a range of topics, from preventing teen pregnancy in rural communities to improving maternal and child health using a collective impact model.

The conference ended with an inspiring keynote from Michael Lu, who previously served as the director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Lu highlighted the importance of incorporating One Health into future MCH work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that this approach “recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment.” Given the recent emergence of Zika and the readily visible impacts of climate change, from rising sea levels to severe storms, I hope that future initiatives will use this lens when aiming to address the health of mothers, children, and families.

Emma Beall is a second-year MPH student, concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. She plans to graduate in May 2018. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Tulane University in December 2016. Her interests include preconception health, adolescent health, sexual and reproductive health, and clinic-based interventions. She enjoys yoga and exploring all that New Orleans has to offer



February 28, 2018 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

Tulane Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Scholarship

The application period for the Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Scholarship at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is now open. One scholarship, worth $25,000 in tuition, will be awarded to one incoming student starting the Maternal and Child Health MPH Program in Fall 2018.

All U.S. citizens or permanent residents accepted into the MPH MCH program who completed their application by March 31, 2018, will be considered for the scholarship. Applications must be completed through the SOPHAS system at and must select the MCH MPH program at Tulane SPHTM to be considered for the scholarship.  There is no extra paperwork involved.

The scholarship recipient will be selected by a committee consisting of MCH faculty and staff on the basis of their research or career interests, accomplishments, and commitment to maternal and child health. Top students emerging from the review process will be interviewed by the Chief of the MCH section and/or the Department Chair.

This scholarship is offered by the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health with support from the Tulane SPHTM Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences.


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Completed applications must be received in the SOPHAS system by March 31, 2018.
  • Must apply to and be accepted into the Maternal and Child Health concentration.
  • The scholarship recipient will be eligible for the Center of Excellence MCH scholar program which provides financial support for attendance at national meetings.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Complete the MPH Program in Maternal and Child Health.
  • Maintain good academic standing each semester.

For more information about the MPH in Maternal and Child Health, go to To be considered for the Excellence in MCH Scholarship, a completed application must be submitted by March 31, 2018, to Tulane SPHTM’s MCH MPH program by going to

(Photo: Tulane MCH MPH students, faculty, and staff in the MCH section attended a regional meeting of MCH Scholars in 2017.)

February 15, 2018 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

Spring 2018 Health, Racism, and Communication Seminar

Spring 2018 Health, Racism, and Communication Seminar Series

This series of workshops will cover communication skills focused on the intersections of health and racism, specifically for community organizers, neighborhood groups, and public health students, professionals, faculty and researchers.

Sponsored by the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, Tulane Prevention Research Center, Tulane Society of Young Black Public Health ProfessionalsTulane African Student Association (TASA)SALUD for Latin American CommunitiesTulane Society for Sexuality, Health and Gender (TSSHaG)

*These events are free and open to the public. Light lunch will be provided.*


Seminars in the series:

“When Black Women Walk, Things Change: The Story of GirlTrek”

Wednesday, February 21st, 11:30 a.m -1:00 p.m., Room 1210 (12th Floor), Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans LA 70112
Featuring: Onika Jervis, National Director of Recruitment and Outreach, and Jewel Bush, National Communications Director, GirlTrek: Healthy Black Women and Girls

Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, GirlTrek is a national health movement that encourages Black women and girls to use walking as the catalyst to lead a healthier life. Learn how GirlTrek is mobilizing one million Black women from across the nation to put self-care first and how this action of self-love will lead to healthier communities and a healthier world.


“From Individual Responsibility to Collective Accountability:

Framing Equity for Health systems”

Wednesday, February 28th, 11:30 a.m -1:00 p.m., Room 1210 (12th Floor), Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans LA 70112
Featuring: Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG, Founder & President, National Birth Equity Collaborative

The National Birth Equity Collaborative will share their experiences working with health systems across the country that are prioritizing equity. NBEC’s President and Founder will share the vision of birth equity and the nuances of communications for health systems improvement. Participants will hear their latest work and lessons learned from reframing racism as a social determinant, shame-free family planning, and re-centering the community voice in maternal/child health.

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“Minding your Bias: Using Mindfulness to Promote Culturally-Responsive Research”

Wednesday, March 7th, 11:30 a.m -1:00 p.m., Room 1210 (12th Floor), Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans LA 70112
Featuring: Tammy Lewis Wilborn, PhD, LPC-S, LPC/MHSP-S, NCC, Visiting Professor, University of New Orleans, and Owner/Chief Clinical Officer, Wilborn Clinical Services

Attendees will participate in a mindfulness activity and group discussion to explore the impact of stereotypes and bias in research. Recommendations for engaging in culturally-responsive research practices will be offered.


(Recordings of the seminars will be made available on the CEMCH YouTube page within a week of the seminar.)

Questions? Contact: Naomi King Englar at or 504-988-7410

Funding for this seminar was made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, Tulane Society of Young Black Public Health Professionals, Tulane SPHTM Student Government Association, SALUD, and TSSHaG. 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. 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. 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, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.



February 7, 2018 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Emily Schoenbaum Community Grants

Deadline:  April 13, 2018

Amount per grant: up to $2,000

These grants provide funding to community organizations within New Orleans to support projects that enhance community development efforts to improve the well-being of women and girls/children. Preference may be given to organizations with whom we may develop future internship or service-learning partnerships and to organizations affiliated with a Newcomb or Tulane alumni.

The Emily Schoenbaum Community Development Grants Program seeks to encourage and support projects that will benefit the lives of women and girls, particularly those in the New Orleans area.

The Emily Schoenbaum Community Development Grants Program was founded in 1999 by Emily Schoenbaum, a 1988 graduate of Newcomb College, and is administered by the Newcomb College Institute.

An application can be completed through

To apply for funding, please submit the following materials to Laura Wolford at by 5pm on April 13, 2018:
1. Completed application form
2. Project statement (not to exceed three pages) describing the purpose of the project and a timeline for project completion
3. Project evaluation plan (not to exceed one page)
4. Budget statement itemizing project expenses and requested funding
5. Letter of support from an agency executive or community leader who is familiar with the project.
Return completed application to Laura Wolford at

February 1, 2018 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Women Making Waves 2018

On Saturday, March 3rd, Tulane University’s Office of Alumni Relations will host their annual women’s leadership conference which is held each spring during Women’s History Month.  This year’s theme is Building Success Through Resilience. The goal of the program is to highlight the career successes of our alumnae to inspire and motivate women to seek leadership positions in the workplace and in their communities.

Lisa Perez Jackson, Tulane graduate of 83′, and current Vice President of Environmental, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple will address attendees on the third with the Opening Keynote Address.

Women Making Waves 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

8:30 a.m – 3:00 p.m

Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, Tulane University


Review the schedule of events and register using the link below.


February 1, 2018 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

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