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MCH Epidemiologist position with Virginia Department of Health – apply by January 10

This position performs maternal and child health epidemiology functions for the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). This position will be responsible for surveillance, communication, investigation, reporting, and data driven education and mobilization for the Maternal and Child Health program with a specific focus on supporting the Title V block grant. Successful employees show initiative, work well with others, and can function in a dynamic environment. Surveillance activities include collecting, analyzing, and interpreting science-based data from multiple sources such as vital statistics. Communication functions include accurately disseminating results to support science-based decisions to decision makers and the target audience often using data visualization tools and the VDH website. Education tasks include technical assistance for state and local public health staff in the use of local health data. Current grants emphasize preconception, interconception, and women’s health; the role of this position will be to assist in the engagement of community partnerships to reach health goals. We provide employees with a welcoming peer group for cross-training and problem solving, as well as opportunities for career advancement and emphasis on learning.
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Continue Reading December 23, 2016 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Public Health in Preschools and Prisons

Two of our MCH Scholars attended this year’s CityMatCH Urban Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, in Philadelphia, September 14 – 16.

By Thea Lange, BA

Mass incarceration is a national issue that threatens the health and human rights of all citizens. In the United States, one out of every three black boys is expected to be incarcerated at some point in his life. This involvement with the criminal justice system could interrupt his schooling, impact his employment and earning potential, increase his risk of disease, and disrupt his social capital. As a result, mass incarceration is disproportionately impacting, not only young black men, but their entire communities.

The majority of detainees and inmates are adults, but the criminalization of black bodies starts as early as preschool. Young black students make up only eighteen percent of preschoolers but represent almost half of all out-of-school suspensions. As black students continue through the school system, they are three times more likely than white students to be suspended. In addition, “zero-tolerance” discipline strategies quickly involve the criminal justice system for minor juvenile offenses creating a pipeline from schools to prisons.

Keynote Speaker Bryan Stevenson and Tulane MPH student Thea Lange

Keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson and Tulane MPH student Thea Lange

This year, the City MatCH/Epidemiology Conference in Philadelphia placed an emphasis on the role of public health in mitigating the structural racism embedded in our country. The conference opened with keynote speaker, Bryan Stevenson, reminding public health professionals of their role in addressing the injustices perpetrated against people of color both inside and outside the criminal justice system. As a public interest lawyer, Mr. Stevenson has dedicated his career to serving the poor, incarcerated and condemned.

In his work and in his life, Mr. Stevenson has witnessed the detrimental effects of structural racism on the health and well-being of people of color. He encouraged us, as public health leaders, to think and talk about our identities and implicit biases. He told us to stay proximate to the populations we serve and retain our cultural humility. He implored us to change the narrative around race in our country by acknowledging the injustices of the past and recognizing the terror black families live in everyday. He told us to hold onto hope because, despite the challenges, people and systems can change. And he encouraged us to be willing to do uncomfortable things because discomfort is part of the healing process. With his keynote speech, Bryan Stevenson set the tone for the rest of the conference.

With tears in my eyes and passion in my heart, I was elated to be immersed in a community that recognizes the structural racism embedded in our society and how it intersects with the public health, criminal justice and education systems. I engaged in lengthy conversations about criminalization of young black children in schools and the progression of that bias into correctional settings. I attended symposiums on how to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and integrate trauma-informed practices into school settings. I obtained insights into how to effectively communicate with legislators and influence policy on the local level. In the end, I came away from the CityMatCH conference with greater insight into how to effectively continue doing the work I am doing.

Thea Lange is a second-year MPH student, concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. She received a bachelor degree in Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College and continues to integrate her undergraduate background into her public health work. Her interests include early childhood education, criminal justice reform, and trauma-informed care.



October 7, 2016 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Every Mother Initiative (EMI) Data Entry Administrative Assistant

Position: Contract Worker- EMI Data Entry Administrative Assistant
Time Period: 200-300 hours in Fall of 2015

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Data Entry Administrative Assistant will be responsible for data entry through the Louisiana Office of Public Health’s Epi Info Database for its Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review Program (PAMR). The Data Entry Administrative Assistant will report to the Mortality Surveillance Coordinator and work with the EMI Team to prioritize, code, and enter completed PAMR abstractions. In addition to data entry, the Assistant may be asked to help prepare information for EMI as needed.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work on repetitive tasks independently.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with human subjects protection in research, CITI trained.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word.

Please send resumes to: with subject line: EMI Data Entry Position

Primary Supervisor
Cara Bergo, MPH
1450 Poydras Street, Room 2041C
New Orleans LA 70112
CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow
Louisiana Office of Public Health
Bureau of Family Health

August 20, 2015 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Kansas: Advanced Epidemiologist position posting

Job Title: Advanced Epidemiologist (to directly link to this job posting, copy this link)   
County Shawnee
Req. No: 179015
Agency: Dept of Health & Environment
Posting Type: External
Applications accepted through: Feb 13, 2015

Job Description:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Advanced Epidemiologist (K0227143) in the Bureau of Public health Informatics.
Serves as team leader in assessment and monitoring of maternal and child health issues to identify and address problems and for priority setting, planning and policy development particularly for the Medicaid population. Develops frameworks, methodologies, and tools for standardized MCH data. Implements population-specific accountability for MCH components of data systems. Leads the development and conduct of epidemiological studies for program planning or to address important and practical MCH public health problems. Conducts advanced descriptive and comprehensive analyses of primary and secondary epidemiological data related to MCH, interprets, and prepares reports to address state- and local-specific knowledge base gaps and trend information for use in policy and program development. Serves as epidemiology lead for the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) expansion. This entails use of Medicaid claims data to determine characteristics of the Medicaid infant deaths cohort. Characteristics include when mom during pregnancy mom enrolled in Medicaid, adequate prenatal care, and other risk factors. Other projects include determining the prevalence of selected birth defects using linked Medicaid, birth certificate, death certificate, WIC, Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs, birth defects, and hospital discharge data and linking of birth records to Medicaid and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) data. Population based information for Medicaid and comparative statistics of Medicaid versus non-Medicaid claims can be done to determine the differences.

A complete position description can be emailed upon request.

Minimum Requirements:
Advanced Epidemiologist: MPH/MS and independent work experience as an epidemiologist.  (Note: Education and experience would determine placement at appropriate epidemiologist level and pay would be commensurate.)

Necessary Special Requirements:
Certificate of training in specialty area of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) epidemiology.

Preferred Criteria: 
Advanced knowledge of applied epidemiology and independent work experience as an epidemiologist for at least 5 years.  Advanced knowledge of statistical software such as SAS, Stata and EpiInfo.

• Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
• Proofreading, editing, attention to detail

$54,863.20 annually; can vary depending upon experience and qualifications.

The application process has 3 STEPS.

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form  (
(Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the State of Kansas Application Form ( and submit to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment

STEP 3:  Email these additional documents to Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.

• Resume
• Cover Letter
• Copies of Official transcripts if a degree is required or preferred
• Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at  A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Recruiter Contact:
KDHE – Office of Personnel Services
ATTN: Recruiter
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 580
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-296-1539
Fax: 785-296-6320

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation. Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements. Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred selection criteria and competencies for the position.

What To Expect Next:
After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete. You may call or email the recruiter contact listed to inquire about your application.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. KDHE encourages applications from all persons. Federal and state legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 785-296-1539 if accommodations are needed in completing an application, interviewing and any other aspect of the employment process.  EOE

The mission of KDHE is to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

Find out more about us at our website

January 20, 2015 at 10:19 am Leave a comment


Several MPH students recently attended the joint CityMatCH Leadership & MCH Epidemiology Conference (September 17 – 19, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ) and were asked to share a few thoughts about their experiences. What follows is one of these reflections.

by Gloria Grady, BA

During this conference, one word kept popping up in my mind: momentum. A lot of ideas and concepts seem to be picking up momentum in the field of maternal and child health. In the short time I have been in the field, I’ve noticed more and more attention being placed on social and economic inequalities, Life Course, and racism as a public health issue. More so than just attention, these issues are gaining momentum for action. While public health workers may still be confused about how to address racism and income inequality, many are finding ways to put it in their job description to address injustices. During this conference, I realized that I am part of this movement, of this momentum toward a new paradigm that incorporates the fight for social equality into the public health job description. I realized that I have come into public health at the perfect time—when the field needs its new workers to keep this movement, this new (at least, it seems new to me) paradigm, rolling and snowballing into action.

This conference made me thankful for whatever or whoever has placed me here, now, in this field. I am thankful that my passions are lined up to a movement that needs more hands, and I am hopeful that change will come with the efforts of public health workers and others working to end injustice.

 Gloria Grady is a second-year MPH student and MCHLT Scholar, with a focus in Maternal and Child Health and a particular interest in reducing health disparities.

October 13, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Doing our best

Several MPH students recently attended the joint CityMatCH Leadership & MCH Epidemiology Conference (September 17 – 19, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ) and were asked to share a few thoughts about their experiences. What follows is one of these reflections.

by Alicia Lightbourne, BA

What surprised me most about the CityMatCH conference was the fight and determination in every speech I attended and the fervor of every participant. Instead of becoming jaded and complacent as they became more and more frustrated with the system, even the most senior participants were fervent about doing something and still whole-heartedly believed in that often dismissed, childish notion of ‘making a difference’. However, some pointed fingers back into the crowd when discussing why some aspects of public health hadn’t improved as much as previously hoped.

One of the more memorable speeches I attended initially seemed so obscure; it was about infographics, led by a graphic designer, and largely attended by epidemiologists. The tension was palpable almost immediately. The speaker tried to enforce that the point of public health was to compel a behavior change in the public whereas the crowd was adamant that her tactics compromised the accuracy of the data by oversimplifying it. “Who cares?” she almost yelled in response.  The rising frustration humored and intrigued me. I had never before considered the lack of connection between data and policy, but here public health professionals were staunchly divided and livid – over something as basic as charts.

In the scramble for funding and accuracy, it is often easy to forget about the target audience – the public. When addressing health disparities, we need to find ways to motivate, engage, and connect. We should offer solutions and hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable epidemiology.

We not only can do better, we should be doing our best.

Alicia Lightbourne is a second-year MPH student concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. Her interests include adolescent health and how gender norms impact health outcomes.

October 10, 2014 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

The Location and Color of Health

Several MPH students recently attended the joint CityMatCH Leadership & MCH Epidemiology Conference (September 17 – 19, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ) and were asked to share a few thoughts about their experiences. What follows is one of these reflections.

by Anne Fields, BA

Recently I was afforded the opportunity to travel with fellow students to Phoenix, Arizona for the CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference. Two of the main themes explored throughout the conference were place and race as they relate to health inequalities.   In many ways, this is so evident in our world. We can think about the poorest places on earth, in the United States, or in New Orleans, and even within these places, inequalities are still stratified by race. As we climb up the totem pole, the trend will continue. People of color are consistently missing out on their share of the pie. Yet, it is through the incorporation of the inequalities by place that we can see clearly this is not the result of poor genetics, lack of worth, or bootstraps, or any other excuse made to deny the racism that still exists right now.   These inequalities are a result of the environment and the system into which one is born. Otherwise, place stratification would not occur. If it were as simple as genetics, then it would not matter where you lived. Those conditions would not drastically impact your health. But they do.

Unfortunately the systems we have in place to remedy these health inequalities are failing. Why? Another hot topic at this year’s conference was the life course. Instead of thinking about health as the moment when an individual reaches a breaking point, gets sick, and thus enters the health care system, we have to consider what is happening over the entire lifetime that led to that breaking moment. We have to think about fixing the problems before they even begin. We have to look at the root causes. We have to look at why the teenager is engaging in risky sexual behaviors rather than why they are pregnant.

I recently attended a training for mental health professionals interested in learning about and assisting with the influx of unaccompanied minors to New Orleans.   In the past year, at least 1,300 unaccompanied children immigrants have arrived in Louisiana. The majority of these children are from Honduras, as well as El Salvador and Guatemala. They are fleeing gang violence. Honduras currently has the highest murder rate in the world. However, these children are being denied their human rights as asylum seekers because the United States conveniently has not created a policy to grant asylum to those that are not fleeing “an identified political regime.” They are placed in detention centers that are referred to as “ice boxes” because they are intentionally kept so cold so that other children en camino will hear and not want to come.   Children are forced to stand up for days on end. Children are dying of hypothermia and left on the floor among the other children. Yes, this is holocaust–esque and, yes, this is happening right now in the United States.   These children have been raped, seen their siblings and friends raped, seen murder, seen other children eaten by coyotes, and experienced such horrific things that I cannot even imagine having lived through. The idea that place and race are not at play here is ludicrous. The idea that it is somehow their responsibility, not ours, is also ludicrous.

While much of this information is extremely overwhelming, and leaves one feeling like a really, really small fish in the middle of the ocean, simple, small steps and local movements were reiterated throughout the conference. The fact that a room full of public health professionals simply acknowledged race as an ever-present issue in our society is a step.   The fact that there was a training of local members and allies of the Latino community is a step. The fact that you are reading a blog about MCH is a step. We have to sweat the small stuff in order to achieve real change.

Anne Fields is a second-year dual-degree MSW/MPH student, concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. She plans to graduate in August 2015. Her interests include adolescent health, sexual health, behavioral health integration, and immigrant populations.  She also loves running, yoga, and cooking.

October 9, 2014 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

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