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 nking2@tulane.edu 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 grantforward.com

To apply for funding, please submit the following materials to Laura Wolford at lwolford@tulane.edu 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 lwolford@tulane.edu

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

How to Develop & Submit an Abstract to APHA and other professional conferences

Please join us for the first seminar in the spring Conference Series presented by the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and Tulane Career Services

What: “How to Develop & Submit an Abstract to APHA or other professional conferences” featuring Shokufeh Ramirez, MPH, Assistant Director, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12-12:45 PM

Where: Room 1208, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans

Learn how to develop and submit an abstract to the American Public Health Association conference, the nation’s largest gathering of public health professionals. Learn why you would submit an abstract and identify potential presentation topics.

Sponsored by the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and the Tulane SPHTM Career Services.

For more information, contact John Marmion at imarmion@tulane.edu or 504 988 2090.

January 12, 2018 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

FIT NOLA Internship Opportunity!



FIT NOLA INTERNSHIP – Sector Intern Opportunity

Fit NOLA seeks an Urban Planning or Public Health student intern to join a fast-paced, dynamic team at the City of New Orleans Health Department beginning immediately. The Fit NOLA Partnership includes over 200 different community partners working together to increase awareness, build capacity and set standards to increase nutritional and physical fitness and make New Orleans. This is an incredible opportunity for a candidate looking to exercise an interest in public health.

Fit NOLA is divided into six sectors to ensure the progress of community health and wellness. Applicants to this internship will assist with the “Health Care” and “School and Out-of-School sectors”.  

The “Health Care” Sector links fitness resources to medical professionals and advocates to enforce healthy food and physical activity policies in all health care settings. And the “School and Out-of-School” sector seeks to improve physical activity and nutrition in schools and enhance access to out-of-school time activities for children.

“Health Care” and “School and Out-of-School” Intern Roles and Responsibilities:


  • Assist the “Health Care” and “School and Out-of-School” Sector Chairs with weekly communications.
  • Assist with promoting and furthering strategic goals of the Fit NOLA Partnership.
  • Provide Fit NOLA team with bi-monthly sector updates.
  • Gather sector information to submit for the Fit NOLA calendar and newsletter.


  • Increase engagement and brand awareness while monitoring feedback from public.
  • Assist with the development of policies related to the promotion of physical and nutritional fitness.


  • Student enrolled in a graduate program in health science, public health or social work
  • Excellent skills using Microsoft office programs
  • Excellent communication and written skills
  • Strong attention to detail and instructions
  • Strong and proven interest in nutritional and physical fitness
  • Interest and experience in community engagement a plus


Total Hours: Minimum of 15 hours per week  

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in working on the Fit NOLA team, along with resume and two writing samples, to Chandra Teddleton, City of New Orleans Health Department, clteddleton@nola.gov.

December 14, 2017 at 10:23 pm Leave a comment

APHA 2017: A Sobering Reminder and Forward Momentum

Many of our students attended this year’s meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), held in Atlanta, November 4 – 8. What follows is a post from one of these attendees.

By Grace Saul, BA

APHA 2017 was held at the Georgia World Congress Center

For me, the 2017 meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) showcased what I consider to be some of the public health field’s greatest strengths:  a firm grounding in the understanding that human health is organically tied to the environment, and an unwavering commitment to the use of scientific evidence for advancing health outcomes for all, even—and especially—through turbulent political times.  Less than six months after the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord, the APHA used its platform to gather the public health community behind a powerful theme: Climate Changes Health. Throughout my time at the conference, I was struck by how seamlessly professionals from a vast array of sub-disciplines were able to relate their work to climate change and to demonstrate the need for bold and immediate action to combat this critical threat to population health.

A memorable session I attended at APHA addressed the alarming and disproportionate threat that climate change poses to the health of women and girls.  Early evidence of climate change’s impact on female populations in the US suggests that increased exposures to air pollution, extreme heat, droughts, stagnant waters, and particulate matter from wildfires are associated with increased incidence of asthma, coccidioidomycosis, chronic stress, preterm birth, low birthweight, stillbirth, Zika infection, birth defects, infant death, GI infection, lung cancer, other respiratory problems, heart disease, and hypertension.  Furthermore, these impacts are compounded by the potential indirect effects of climate change, such as increased economic vulnerability and/or displacement and increased vulnerability to gendered violence, sex trafficking, and other forms of exploitation.  One presenter was a former obstetrician-gynecologist who left his practice after 26 years to focus full-time on climate change advocacy.  He described climate change as a “medical emergency” and explained that he focused his research solely on evidence within the US in an attempt to drive home the point that climate change must be taken seriously, here and now.

Throughout my time at APHA, a sobering reminder pronounced in the opening session echoed in my mind:  We are the first generation that will see the devastating impacts of climate change, and the last that will be able to do anything about it.  It was illuminating to see how many issues are fundamentally tied to climate change and motivating to witness the American public health community collectively commit to facing this immense threat head-on.  I hope that as we return to our respective work on the issues we care most about individually, that we keep this big-picture message in mind and do everything in our collective power to forcefully push for climate action now, before it is too late.

Grace Saul is a second-year MPH student, concentrating in Maternal and Child Health.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from McGill University and has previously worked in research, monitoring & evaluation, and non-profit program development in Canada, the US, and Senegal.  Her interests include women’s health, sexual and reproductive health and justice, immigrant and refugee health, social norms theory, and health equity.  She loves mountains, dogs, cities, maps, languages, and the arts.

December 1, 2017 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

Do it because you love it

Many of our students attended this year’s meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), held in Atlanta, November 4 – 8. What follows is a post from one of these attendees.

By Raven Cedeno, BS

Kenya Smith, Grace Saul, Shokufeh Ramirez, and Raven Cedeno at the APHA Tulane meetup

In preparation for APHA, I decided to focus my energies on two programs: Maternal and Child Health and Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health.  Although separate topics, the two go hand and hand requiring a life course perspective to achieve optimal health.  My background in food and nutrition sparked my interest in breastfeeding and ultimately women’s health as the base for infinite possibilities.  I believe there will be direct benefits to the field of maternal and child health through the framing of successful contraceptive and sexual health programs.

One of the most memorable sessions I attended was conducted by Diana Cassar.  She is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) interested in the influence of adolescent and pre-pregnancy weight and milk supply.  The findings showed how important body image and obesity is to initiating and sustaining breastfeeding.  Women that recalled being overweight or obese during adolescence were more likely to begin supplementing breastmilk with formula during the first five days of breastfeeding because of perceived low milk supply.  Diana reinforced the importance of the life course perspective and the need for healthy women before healthy pregnancies.

As a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) myself, moving forward I hope to expand this research to include women of color and continue to improve breastfeeding rates across the country.  Attending APHA reassured me that I am on the right path.  Progress seems slow at times but the amount of time and effort each researcher and person in attendance at APHA is putting into their craft outweighs the possibility of the impossible.  I look forward to returning to APHA in the future to see the work of my peers and other leaders in public health continuing to fight for the well-being and acknowledgement of all people.

Raven Cedeno is a first year MPH student, concentrating in Maternal and Child Health.  Prior to attending Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at New York University.  Her research interest includes women of child bearing age and family planning techniques.

November 30, 2017 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

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