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How to Develop & Submit an Abstract to APHA

APHA 2016 logoWhat: This seminar will help you prepare materials for submission to the American Public Health Association’s 144th Annual Meeting & Expo, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, in Denver, Colorado. The theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health.” (Abstract deadlines start Feb. 9. For more about the call for abstracts, visit:

Who: Shokufeh Ramirez, MPH, Program Manager of the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. Shokufeh has attended and presented at many APHA meetings, as well as mentored numerous graduate and doctoral students in their preparation for the meeting.

Where: The seminar will be in Room 1206, 12th Floor, at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112.

This seminar is FREE and open to the public. Sponsored by the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal & Child Health. Questions? Contact John Marmion at or 504-988-2090.


January 5, 2016 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Seminar- ‘Past the Degree’ 10/7

Please join the Maternal & Child Health Leadership Training Program on Tuesday, Oct. 7th for our next installment of our ‘Past the Degree Series’. The lecture series highlights public health professionals who graduated from the MCH section and/or are working in the field of Maternal and Child Health. It provides the opportunity to learn more from the experience of those who have entered the public health workforce and exposes students to potential career options.

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WHO: Mary Kathryn Poole, MPH
Tulane University Prevention Research Center
WHEN: Tuesday, October 7
12-1 pm
WHERE: Tidewater Building room 2341 (GCHB Library)
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street

Light lunch will be provided.
If you have questions please contact Lori Andersen at or 504.988.2700

October 1, 2014 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

Health Disparities Summer Course

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will again host a course on the science of health disparities this summer.

When: Aug 11-Aug 22
Where: National Institutes of Health campus
Bethesda, Maryland

This two-week intensive course will provide specialized instruction on the concepts, principles, methods and applications of health disparities science, practice and policy. It will also integrate principles and practice of community engagement. Nationally and internationally recognized experts in health disparities science will lead individual sessions. The course is free, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for transportation, room and board. Applications will only be accepted online.

All application materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 22 for consideration via the NIMHD website at For additional information, contact the course planning committee at 

May 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

NOLA Practicum Opportunity- Summer 2014

Louisiana Bureau of Family Health

 Project  Description– Analysis and reporting of trends and risk factors of tobacco and alcohol use in Louisiana adolescent populations

Data Source: Louisiana YRBS (Youth Risk Factor Surveillance Program)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of SAS
  • Experience running descriptive frequencies
  • Familiarity with analysis techniques such as logistic regression and trend analysis
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to think proactively and function independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel

Expected Outcomes of Project- The student selected for this practicum opportunity will work with the preceptor to produce a report detailing trends and risk factors in adolescent tobacco and alcohol use that will be distributed to maternal and child health stakeholders.

 To apply, please send resume to

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April 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

Webcast Viewing: Monday 4/7

Please join the MCHLT to watch the live webcast of Chris Gunther, MPH, Manager of Strategic Initiatives for the City of New Orleans Health Department present  “Stopping Violence Before it Occurs: Violence Prevention, Maternal & Child Health, and Public Health”

When: Monday, April 7
12-1:30 pm
Where: Tidewater Room 2302
1440 Canal Street

Homicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24. To address the issue of youth violence, localities across the county are increasingly looking to the tools of public health to stop violence from happening before it occurs. This presentation will provide an overview of the public health approach to addressing violence and discuss the implications of this approach for the field of maternal and child health. Drawing on lessons learned from violence prevention activities in New Orleans, this presentation will provide public health practitioners and other key allies with a framework for violence prevention in their communitiesword cloud logo 7

This event is sponsored by the Tulane Maternal and Child Health Leadership Program and produced by the Alabama Department of Public Health


March 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

Seminar: Tuesday, March 18

Please join us for our next installment of our Communications Seminar hosted by the MCHLT and Tulane’s Prevention Research Center. “Media Advocacy: Harnessing the Power of News Media to Share Your Message” will be led by Naomi King Englar, Communications and Training Coordinator of the Tulane Prevention Research Center and the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program
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When: Tuesday 3/18 from 12-12:45pm
Where: Tidewater Building Room 1206
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, New Orleans

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March 12, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Pro-cras-ti-na-tion : the act of ruining your own life for no apparent reason

By Kerri Wizner

Ever find yourself cleaning out that forgotten drawer, that has been stagnant for the last year, at midnight  the night before your paper is due? Or getting lost in the world of Google because you’ve found the most interesting topic that is not the exam you are supposed to be studying for? Are you avoiding doing homework right now? Then this is the article for you (and pretty much everyone).

One author (self described as a lifetime procrastinator) navigates why we procrastinate using tongue-in-cheek humor and metaphors like “instant gratification monkey” and the “panic monster” to describe the rational behind why we sometimes choose to do everything else before getting to the important task that has an actual deadline.

You can read the full article  at Blogging about the woes of a procrastinator in terms of deadlines and compared to a non-procrastinating person, the author shares how even if the task is eventually completed- it doesn’t reflect a best effort and becomes a vicious cycle as more deadlines approach.

Many authors over the years have commented on this pitfall to creativity and here are some good ones: 

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. 
What mood is that?  Last-minute panic.”
-Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes cartoonist

“The scholar’s greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.”
-Steven King, author

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”
-Don Marquis, 1920’s New York Tribune columnist

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”
-Wayne Gretzky, hockey player

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” 
–Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Love, Pray author

Luckily part 2 of this article  (at how to address this Achilles heel of every good intention. The two main features the author focuses on to rectify this unproductive behavior is planning and doing – easier said than done right? The solution is effective planning by breaking down each task into simpler steps that can be completed and leave the overall task less daunting. Using deadlines and measurable outcomes may help you  stay on schedule and help complete the tasks that you just planned out. Eventually you want to hang out with “instant gratification monkey” without the guilt of having a looming task deadline, because it’s already done- or at least started.

There are plenty of studies out there researching why, how, and how much procrastination effects our lives with interesting titles like “College students given long-term deadlines actually have reduced performance in their courses” and “Studies on willpower have found that any use of willpower seems to reduce the amount of it left over for other tasks,” as well as articles addressing differences in how men and women procrastinate and that childhood or parenting styles maybe indicators for future procrastination (more studies at
In the coming weeks, as deadlines loom, you’ll develop a healthy relationship with the instant gratification monkey. The links in this post might help you prepare for such. (Though it’s possible that your reading them is a way for you to procrastinate.)

Want more tips on focusing on the task at hand? Check out this article:

Kerri Wizner, BS, is a student staff member of the MCHLT and is an MPH student in the Epidemiology Department at Tulane SPHTM with an interest in maternal & child health

March 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

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