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Youth, Technology, and Health in the Tech Hub of San Francisco

By Alissa Bilfield, MSc

Technology is omnipresent in all of our lives – in fact, aside from the precious hours we spend sleeping, there is barely a time when we are separated from one of our favorite screens (smartphone, computer, ipad, etc.). This is why like-minded public health professionals have been innovatively integrating technology-based components into cutting edge health interventions. I had the opportunity to be surrounded by a very inspirational group working at the forefront of this trend at the Youth, Health, and Technology Conference in San Francisco, April 24-26th, 2016. In addition to having the opportunity to present about using an online training platform to certify and empower a network of food literacy educators around the world through my work as co-founder of The Cookbook Project, I was able to learn about other effective approaches using mobile apps and 1- and 2-way text-messaging.

One of the sessions that was particularly interesting was a session on text-messaging interventions. The panel was diverse, representing initiatives happening in south San Francisco, rural Ethiopia, and across a network of geographically diverse Native American communities. What I appreciated most about the panel format of the session was that it allowed for dynamic interaction between the panel members, as they presented, reflected, and fielded questions from the audience and each other. This session, like many others, was focused on sharing best-practices, and provided plenty of opportunity for audience interaction. I brought away many important insights into translating these approaches into my public health area of interest, which includes community nutrition and food systems.

Alissa Bilfield is a second year PhD student at Tulane concentrating on Nutrition. She is currently preparing for her comprehensive exams, and plans to graduate in 2017/18. She is interested in food choice behavior, food culture, food policy, and sustainable agriculture. She loves cooking from scratch, practicing yoga daily, rock climbing, and hiking.


May 18, 2016 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

Internship for non-violence youth program; Deadline 8/18

PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY! American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is looking for interns aged 16-24 for its Peace by Piece program, which is its non-violence youth program that teaches conflict transformation to youth ages 16-24 through trainings, artistic expression, and youth organizing. Peace by Piece interns will work with local youth in schools and community programs throughout New Orleans. The internship will go from September 2, 2014 to May 15, 2015 (6.25 hours/week; 25 hours/month) and interns are paid a stipend of $200 on the 15th of each month. The application deadline is NEXT MONDAY, August 18th, so apply NOW!
Please email or fax the app to Dee Dee Green, AFSC Area Director,, (504) 565-3599. For questions, call (504) 565-3596.
To learn more about Peace by Peace activities, visit their blog:

Click ‘more’ for application


August 11, 2014 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Teen pregnancy prevention study needs Research Assistants

You Geaux Girl! (YGG!) needs research assistants to work in field recruitment. Here’s your chance to work with a very dynamic team on an innovative project that incorporates technology and health interventions. YGG! is a research study that recruits 18 and 19 year old African American women to participate in an internet based pregnancy prevention program — BUtiful (Be yoU! Talented, Informed, Fearless, Uncompromised and Loved). We are looking for research assistants to work with staff to recruit young women from sites throughout the city. Primary responsibilities will be recruitment and enrollment, administering computer surveys, demonstrating the websites, monitoring the sites, and conducting follow up interviews. Candidates must have very strong interpersonal skills and be willing to work non-traditional hours in the field. This position starts immediately. Having your own transportation is preferred. Please send an email stating your interest along with your CV to Jakevia Green at

July 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

Position Announcement: Believe in Youth! NOLA! Program Coordinator

Organization: Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies
Contact: Rheneisha Robertson, Executive Director,
Address: 935 Gravier Street, Suite 1140, New Orleans, LA 70112
Telephone: 504.599.7712, 504.599.7713

Organizational Background
Incorporated in 1993, the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES) is a not-for-profit 501[c](3) organization based in New Orleans, Louisiana. IWES is dedicated to improving the physical, mental, and spiritual health and quality of life for women of color and their families. For more information, please visit

Job Summary:
The Program Coordinator is primarily responsible for the coordination of program activities of the Believe in Youth! NOLA! Program. This is a full-time, salaried position under the supervision of the Believe in Youth! NOLA Program Manager. The Believe in Youth! NOLA! Program is a teen pregnancy and HIV prevention program targeting African American and Latino youth, ages 11-13 in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. S/he will support the Program Manager in all phases of the planning and implementation of the program, including reporting and community engagement activities. The Program Coordinator will also conduct data entry for project evaluation, and manage databases to keep track of the progress of project deliverables, evaluation and performance measures. S/he will also support outreach and recruitment activities.


July 15, 2014 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

KidsWalk Coalition Breakfast Roundtable

Active and Ready to Learn: Transportation’s Role in Creating Healthy and Academic Ready Students

Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives and KidsWalk Coalition at the Tulane Prevention Research Center are proud to co-sponsor a free breakfast roundtable discussion about the role transportation plays in the health and academic readiness of New Orleans’ school age children.

Please join us for breakfast and to contribute to an important conversation about creating social change through transportation for better health and academic readiness outcomes for our city’s youth.

*Space is limited. Free breakfast will be served. RSVP required by Noon Monday, July 29, 2013 via eventbrite or phone at 504-658-8045.

When: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Where: Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, 2035 Washington Avenue, Suite 105, New Orleans, LA 70125


  • Kathryn Parker, MPH, Ph.D., Director, KidsWalk Coalition at the Tulane Prevention Research Center
  • Debra Vaughan, Director of Research, Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives
  • Shalanda Cole, MBA, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
  • Mark Jernigan, P.E., PMP, LTC. (Ret.), Director, Department of Public Works, City of New Orleans
  • Cyndi Nguyen, Executive Director, Vietnamese Initiatives for Economic Training
  • Sophia Griffies, Development Specialist, Audubon Charter School

RVSP via Eventbrite:

Special thanks to Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation for the use of its space.

This event is possible through generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living by Design Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program.

July 23, 2013 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

Practicum: Surveying and Evaluating Louisiana Sex Education Policy and Advocacy

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of Louisiana is seeking a Health Education & Communication or Maternal & Child Health master’s degree candidate for a local, fall semester practicum in surveying and evaluating the policy and advocacy of sex education programming.

All practicum activities have the potential to influence statewide sex education legislation by aiding the real-time work of the Louisiana House Committee Resolution (HCR) 90 Task Force, which aims “to study and evaluate the effectiveness of sexual health education programs used throughout the state and other states.”

Practicum activities include, but are not limited to:

1.      Literature review and policy research, sufficient to give rise to a full public health analysis (PHA).

2.      Survey design, evaluation, and implementation.

3.      Developing policy briefs and summative recommendations for the HCR 90 Task Force.

4.      Collaborative work with representatives from two local public health partners of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of Louisiana.

5.      Developing an innovative summary tool combining incidence rate, needs assessment, and existent education programming data.

Completed coursework related to survey methodology, data analysis, and policy & advocacy is highly preferred. Applicants must be able to devote a minimum of 15 hours per week during traditional working hours during the fall semester. To apply, please send CV, cover letter, and contact information to Norine Schmidt

Application Deadline: AUGUST 15, 2013 4:00PM

July 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Annual meeting of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues

Dr. Briana Mezuk of Virginia Commonwealth University and Susannah Anderson of Tulane University with Linda Linstrom, the Executive Director of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL). Dr. Mezuk and Ms. Anderson presented their research on the relationship between high school debate participation and psychosocial development and college attendance to the NAUDL Board of Directors in Washington DC this April.

Dr. Briana Mezuk of Virginia Commonwealth University and Susannah Anderson of Tulane University with Linda Linstrom, the Executive Director of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL). Dr. Mezuk and Ms. Anderson presented their research on the relationship between high school debate participation and psychosocial development and college attendance to the NAUDL Board of Directors in Washington DC this April.

By Susannah Anderson, MPH

My research focuses on social determinants of health, and perhaps because I’m a former biology teacher, I’m specifically interested in education as a determinant of health.  Disparities in education mirror disparities in health, and in the interests of cutting expenses, education policy may be widening these gaps rather than shrinking them.  Though my research may not have always have a health-related outcome like viral load or blood pressure, I’m convinced of its importance to public health.

On April 18-19, I attended the annual meeting of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) in Washington, D.C. with Dr. Briana Mezuk, my advisor from my MPH.  We attended the annual awards dinner and presented our recent research on students in Chicago Public Schools.  Graduation rates and college attendance in many of the cities in the NAUDL lag behind the national average, and in my Master’s thesis, Dr. Mezuk and I documented how participation in an urban debate league may improve a student’s likelihood of graduating from high school.

At NAUDL’s annual dinner, I met and heard speeches by students, coaches, and NAUDL staff.  The student speech was especially inspiring, in which Wynter Haley Scott discussed how her experiences with her debate team shaped her time in high school.  After focusing on recoding data and looking for significant effects, I appreciated hearing about how these programs have contributed to positive outcomes for the students.

I appreciated the opportunity to share my research with NAUDL staff, while listening to their feedback and hearing their ideas and questions about the analyses.  Dr. Mezuk and I presented our recent research on college attendance and survey data from Chicago Public Schools to the NAUDL’s board of directors and to the league directors.  Because I was one of the few people at the meeting who had never been any kind of debater, getting to know the coaches, student debaters, and former debaters reminded me of the people behind the numbers I’d been analyzing, and how that work can have a tangible effect on people and programs.

Susannah Anderson is a doctoral student in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests center around adolescent health and social determinants of health.

June 18, 2013 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

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