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APHA 2015: Communication is Key!

IMG_2690By Fiona Ritchey, BA

Being the proud lifelong nerd that I am, I started counting down to APHA from the moment I heard we’d be funded to attend. I’ve spent the five years prior to this program in the world of clinical psychology, and was so excited to be able to get up close and personal with all the fabulous research of the public health world.

Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

The first session I attended was about the legacy of Maternal & Child Health (MCH) in Chicago and nationally. It was in this session that I was exposed to my new academic crush: Dr. Linda Rae Murray. One of three panelists (all women of color), she spoke engagingly of harnessing the wisdom of the old and the energy of the young to revive innovation in MCH and renew our dedication to social justice. She set the bar quite high for engaging presenters throughout the conference.

This conference experience really highlighted the importance of presentation skills for me. Dr Freeman Hrabowski spoke in the style of a Southern Baptist preacher in the opening general session, high volume and enthusiastic, prompting active participation from the audience. The style fit the context well; Dr Hrabowski was the final speaker in a large 2-hour session at lunchtime and the audience was starting to fade. His energy immediately commanded the attention of the room, and his varying cadence and use of humor maintained a high level of attentiveness throughout.

In terms of content, my favorite session was on the social determinants of mental health by Drs. Shim and Compton. Something they said that really resonated with me was to ask questions like a third grader when thinking about disease causality: keep asking why until you hit a wall. Their point was that too often, we mistake an intermediate cause as a fundamental cause and fail to appreciate the structural issues underlying health inequities. The focus on structural causes leads inevitably to advocacy, and I was happy to hear Drs. Shim and Compton urge the audience to maximize their effectiveness by contributing expertise to lawmakers and advocating for mental health.

I was really happy to see a presentation on the economic benefits of preventive mental health initiatives, since I think these data might be key in garnering bipartisan support. Dr. Scott Ashwood from RAND ran a Return on Investment (ROI) analysis on a suicide prevention initiative from California’s Mental Health Services Authority, and found that the state will see a $51 return for every dollar invested in the program. I think this type of analysis is going to be key in building the overall case to fund statewide and nationwide mental health promotion initiatives. Much of the pushback against measures to fund mental health initiatives has to do with up-front cost, but what these data show is that investing in prevention saves a lot of money over time.

I left the conference with more questions than answers, and I definitely count that as a win. Fundamental causes of disease are hard to tackle, and require a high level of creativity and collaboration. One of the challenges of the next generation of public health professionals will be to reframe the messages with which we’re currently advocating to better reach potential partners in different sectors who traditionally have not been thought of as allies. Public Health is a moral and economic win for everyone, and it needs to be marketed that way.

Fiona Ritchey is a first-year MPH student concentrating in Maternal & Child Health and Epidemiology at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She plans to graduate in May of 2017, and pursue a doctorate degree. Her interests include social determinants of mental health, toxic stress and allostatic load, and health inequities.

November 18, 2015 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

Fall 2015 Communication Seminars

Join the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and the Tulane Prevention Research Center for our remaining Communication Seminars of the semester. This semester’s series focuses on research and evaluation as communication tools, with each seminar addressing it through a different lens – personal, programmatic, and structural/systems-level.

All seminars are 12:00-1:00 pm and are free and open to the public. They are held on the 12th floor of  the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans LA 70112.

Tuesday, Sept. 1: Racism throughout Louisiana history: The Catalyst for a health divide
Gloria Grady, MPH, Health Promotion Coordinator, Louisiana Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health

Wednesday, Sept. 16: The Proof is in the Pudding: Measuring and Communicating Health Education Program Results to Create Change
Alissa Bilfield, Executive Director, The CookBook Project

Wednesday, Sept. 30Saving Lives and Changing Systems: Why Communication is Critical in Public Health
Naomi Englar, Communications & Dissemination Coordinator, Tulane PRC and Tulane CEMCH

September 15, 2015 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

CEMCH RA position open

The Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health is hiring!CEMCH5

The CEMCH Research Assistant will work 10 hours a week, with a primary focus on communications and social media. The RA will:

  • Maintain regular CEMCH presence on and develop content for our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and WordPress, with other possibilities)
  • Assist in website content updates
  • Assist with CEMCH seminar-related activities
  • Perform background research and writing related to maternal and child health and professional development


  • Tulane SPHTM graduate student
  • Interest in Maternal and Child Health
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Available to work 10 hours per week during regular business hours
  • Skilled at working independently
  • Experience, or interest, in working with social media

The deadline to apply is noon on Monday, September 14, 2015. Email your one-page cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of two references to:

Shokufeh Ramirez, MPH
Program Manager, Tulane CEMCH

September 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

Internship – Breastfeeding Program – Application deadline: August 28

Location:           La DHH-OPH-Bureau of Family Health, Breastfeeding Program
Hours:               10 hours/week
Stipend:             $3600 (300 hours at $12/hour)
Time:                  Internship begins September 2015

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.

Main Activities
This internship will enable the student to gain valuable insights as he/she provides programmatic support to a state-wide breastfeeding initiative.

  • Identify and assist breastfeeding stakeholders with creating profiles on a database
  • Maintain/improve the database of breastfeeding stakeholders
  • Prepare reports and present results to BFH staff
  • Work with local coalitions and the state team to organize community breastfeeding training that will target hospital staff and community MCH/ breastfeeding stakeholders
  • Assist with organizing a community networking event
  • Communicate with breastfeeding stakeholders via phone and email
  • Attend BFH related meetings, conference calls, etc.
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Skills/Qualities

  • Organized
  • Professional
  • Highly independent worker and motivated
  • Critical thinker
  • Strong aptitude for written and oral communications
  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a MPH program


Please submit a cover letter and a resume with 3 references to:
Betsy Dancisak, Breastfeeding Program Coordinator, 504-568-3513

Application Deadline: August 28, 2015

August 17, 2015 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

Upcoming Seminar: How to make the most of APHA

Join us for a free seminar, open to the public on 11/4 12-12:45p in Tidewater Room 1208 (1440 Canal Street) to learn more about utilizing your time at the nations largest public health conference, hosted by the American Public Health Association.

Shokufeh Ramirez, MPH, Program Manager for MCHLT will highlight key ideas like what to wear, how to manage your schedule, and where are the best places to network.

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October 22, 2014 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Upcoming Communication Seminars

Please join us for a series of workshops in communication skills focused on promoting health, specifically for community organizers, neighborhood groups and public health students and professionals. These seminars will focus on professional and scientific communication skills. These seminars are free and open to the public.

All seminars will be 12:00-12:45p
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street

Literature Review

Tuesday, September 23, Room 1208 – “How to do a Literature Review,” led by Lauren Dunaway, MPH, RD, LDN, Research and Evaluation Program Manager, Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine


Poster Presentations
(a two-part seminar in partnership with the
Tulane Interdisciplinary Innovative Programs Hub – I2PH )

Tuesday, September 30, Room 1208 – “How to do a Poster Presentation,” led by Shokufeh Ramirez, MPH, Program Manager, Tulane Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program

Wednesday, October 1, Suite 1714, #1716W – Hands on Practice, led by Elaine Hicks, MSLIS, MPH, MCHES, Education/Health Literacy Librarian, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences

Oral Presentations

Tuesday, October 28, Room 1206 – “How to Prepare an Oral Presentation,” led by Taby Ahsan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Tulane Department of Biomedical Engineering

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September 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

Media and Communications Specialist: Deadline 8/13

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Job Title Media and Communications Specialist
Location New Orleans, LA, US
Organization Name Global Community Health and Behavioral Science
Posting Summary
The Media and Communications Specialist will be responsible for coordination of the Center’s communications related to our Breastfeeding initiatives and other Center projects. This individual will be responsible for coordination of the Center’s communications for programming directed by the Assistant Director, Breastfeeding Initiatives Program Manager and Research and Evaluation Program Manager. Duties will include writing, editing and updating the MAC website and social media communications for all projects; writing and editing newsletters and any other marketing materials (e.g., brochures); and drafting policy/advocacy briefs for internal and external audiences. The Media and Communications Specialist will provide administrative and operational support such as coordinating meetings, processing invoices and other clerical duties to support daily Center operations.
Minimum Qualifications
-3 years of experience
-Excellent oral, written and communication skills

-Excellent interpersonal skills with strong abilities to work effectively with diverse skill sets and personalities
-Strong organizational skills and capacity to coordinate program activities and staff
-Good computer skills with ability to use Excel and Access
-Demonstrated ability to work independently, attention to detail, strong work ethic, ability to manage multiple tasks in an efficient, professional manner and work cooperatively with a variety of Center partners
-Ability to work under time constraints and meet deadlines
Minimum Education
-Bachelor’s degree
Preferred Qualifications
-Marketing skills
-Publications and/or article-writing skills
-Ability to speak well in front of groups
-Experience with design programs such as InDesign and Photoshop
-Experience with website content management systems (CMS)


Apply online here


August 9, 2014 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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