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Women Deliver: Young Leaders Program Application




As a leading global advocate for the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, Women Deliver catalyzes action by bringing together diverse voices and interests to drive progress for gender equality, with a particular focus on maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights.

Women Deliver was among the first organizations to promote the investment case for girls and women. We are recognized for impactful advocacy strategies, access to world influencers, participation on key coalitions and initiatives, and building the capacity of young people and civil society. 

The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program trains, elevates, and empowers youth advocates to catalyze action for gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women — with particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights and meaningful youth engagement. The program provides youth advocates with the training and resources necessary to extend their influence and actively shape the programs and policies that affect their lives. Started in 2010, the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program is comprised of 400 youth advocates from more than 100 countries, with 300 more scheduled to join in early 2018.

Young Leaders Program is accepting new leaders for their next class!

The Application is Open Until October 13th

Apply Here!


August 18, 2017 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

AMCHP and NIHCM Webinar- Maternal Health in Crisis

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Maternal Health in Crisis: Ensuring Nationwide Access to Maternity Care Providers

August 22, 2017 | 03:00 PM-04:30 PM ET


Nearly half of all U.S. counties lack a practicing OB-GYN, and the shortage is expected to grow, with projections showing as many as 8,800 fewer OB-GYNs practicing than will be needed in 2020. Maternity workforce shortages and maldistribution are of particular concern for the Medicaid program, which covers about half of all births in the U.S. Meanwhile, American women are dying from pregnancy-related complications at a higher rate than in any other developed country—a problem that’s exacerbated by limited access to providers.

This webinar, presented by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and NIHCM Foundation with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, will explore the following:

  • The dynamics behind maternity workforce challenges, particularly in rural and other underserved areas
  • An example of a public-private collaboration to connect Medicaid mothers-to-be with prenatal care and resources like transportation to doctor visits
  • How financial incentives can be used to encourage medical professionals to specialize in maternal health and to work in underserved areas


3:00-3:05 Welcome AMCHP & NIHCM Foundation

3:05-3:20 Addressing the Shortage of Maternal Care Providers § Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM, President, American College of NurseMidwives

3:20-3:35 Challenges & Opportunities for the Rural Obstetric Workforce § Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management; Director of Research, Rural Health Research Center; University of Minnesota School of Public Health

3:35-3:50 The Ob-gyn/Maternity care workforce in the US § Mallory Schwarz, Federal Affairs Manager, American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

3:50-4:05 Maternity Management for Medicaid Mothers-to-be § Ashlyn Christianson, Public Health Manager, Government Programs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

4:05-4:30 Audience Questions & Answers


Register for the Webinar Here

August 11, 2017 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America

An article was released to discuss the growing concern for the lack of maternal care in rural parts of America:

“Maternal mortality is also significantly higher in rural areas. Scientific American analyzed public mortality data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and found that in 2015 the maternal mortality rate in large central metropolitan areas was 18.2 per 100,000 live births—but in the most rural areas it was 29.4. Exactly why this happens is unclear. Underlying health conditions such as hypertension or diabetes could be factors, alongside poor prenatal care and geographic access. But the numbers are troubling, and the same trend holds true for infant mortality rates, according to the analysis of CDC figures.”

“New analysis from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center puts the situation in dire terms: “More than two thirds of rural counties in Florida, Nevada and South Dakota have no in-county obstetrical services,” says one of the study’s authors, Carrie Henning-Smith, a research associate at the center. The analysis, which has not yet been published, finds that this was true from 2004 through 2014 (the latest year analyzed). That means these counties had absolutely no hospitals providing obstetrical care—forcing women to travel to other counties.”

“Unfortunately, family physicians are not moving in to fill these care gaps in high enough numbers. And the number of family physicians offering obstetrical services has dropped by half in recent years, although many still offer basic prenatal care: In the year 2000, 23 percent of family physicians offered obstetrics—but when they were surveyed in 2010 it was only about 10 percent.”

Read the rest of this interesting article here to learn more about the decrease in maternal health care in rural parts of america

July 14, 2017 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

Practicum opportunity

Student Practicum Opportunity
Fall (to start in early/mid August) 2014 & Spring 2015
Position: Practicum (Unpaid), Tulane Breastfeeding Program (TBP) & other breastfeeding work
This is an opportunity for a student who is interested in the promotion of breastfeeding at the university and city levels.
v Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing
v Proficiency in Microsoft Office
v Interest in breastfeeding as a public health topic
v Willing to take initiative
v  Continued development and maintenance of the TBP
v  Advocate for additional lactation rooms on the Tulane campus
v  Maintenance of the TBP webpage and Facebook page
v  Coordinate support meetings on campus
v  Attend various local and statewide breastfeeding-focused meetings and events
v  Assist in other project related tasks
Please contact Caitrin Alb at

July 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm 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

Job opening: Analyst in DC

AMCHP is currently recruiting an Analyst for Quality Improvement and Life Course, Women’s and Infant Health. The job description can be accessed using the link below or clicking ‘MORE’ at the bottom of this post

Interested candidates please submit resume, cover letter, (3) references and salary history to:
Indicate #14-10003, Analyst for QI and Life Course, (WIH) in subject line.

 Please direct any questions to:
Caroline Stampfel, MPH
Senior Epidemiologist
 Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
2030 M Street NW, Suite 350, Washington DC  20036
MAIN (202) 775-0436   DIRECT (202) 775-1473   FAX (202) 775-0061


July 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

LSU Health Science Center: Research Associate


The Public Health Division of the Department of Pediatrics is seeking applicants for a Research Associate 3 that is funded by a contract with DHH OPH. This advanced level epidemiology position in the Dept. of Pediatrics will provide the State of Louisiana Office of Public Health enhanced epidemiological services to the Children’s Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Program. Incumbent will work closely with the Title V CSHCN Director and Children’s Special Health Services Program Manager to analyze national and state data sets concerning CYSHCN in Louisiana, to assist with the five year needs assessment required by Title V, to determine state priorities for the program, to conduct ongoing program evaluation and to assist with grant writing.

Qualifications: Masters in Public Health or PhD with concentration in epidemiology. Training and/or experience in maternal and child health including children with special health needs. At least 2 years experience at the state public health level.
Desired: Experience working with diverse MCH stakeholders, providing presentations to large stakeholder groups and writing professional manuscripts. Research skills include ability analyzing complex data sets and exhibiting strong analytical skills with SPSS, SAS, SUDANN and MS ACCESS.

Applicant instructions: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV and list or references to, reference # 09 036

May 29, 2014 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

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