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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

Youth Champion leadership program, Deadline 8/12

Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) is  launching in partnership with the Packard Foundation, a new program with a  focus on investing in young leaders to improve SRHR outcomes in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, and the US states of Mississippi and Louisiana.
YCI will select 18 visionary young leaders (ages 18-29) from India, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and the US states of Mississippi and Louisiana to attend YCI’s Incubator workshop, which will be held from December 4-12, 2014 in Los Altos, California. The Incubator will integrate capacity building in sexual and reproductive health and rights, leadership, innovation, advocacy and project development. YCI will competitively award grants (in the range of $8,000 – $12,000) to participating Youth Champions and their organizations to launch innovative sexual and reproductive health and rights projects they develop during the Incubator. Applications are due no later than August 12, 2014.
For more information and to apply go to or see the flyer below with hyperlinks to the online application.  
Contact Claudia Romeu, MPH, YCI Program Coordinator, if you have any questions at 510-285-5706 (direct) or

August 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm 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

Psychosocial Workshop in Aspects of Reproductive Health and Demography

By Jennifer Glick, MPH

On April 9 and 10, I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Psychosocial Workshop in Aspects of Reproductive Health and Demography.  The Psychosocial Workshop is an annual two-day gathering of psychologists, social scientists, and related health professionals held in conjunction with the Population Association of America (PAA).  Although the topics discussed during the meeting vary from year to year according to current interests, the predominant focus of the gathering has been on issues related to fertility, family planning and contraceptive use, abortion and women’s health, sexuality, and sexually transmitted diseases.  The signature format of the workshop is the five minute presentation, during which each speaker is encouraged to talk about their current or future work.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to discuss my proposed summer research, for which I am currently seeking funding.  My presentation, entitled, “HIV Testing Desirability among a Community of Transwomen in Northeastern Brazil,” was well received and garnered questions and insightful feed-back.  The proposed research will utilize qualitative methods through a Rapid Anthropological Assessment (RAA) to enhance the efficacy of a Biological and Behavioral Surveillance (BBS) study using Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS), slated for later in the year.  Previous BBS studies in the area have had high rates of HIV testing refusal.   The proposed research will seek to understand this resistance to testing, and propose recommendations to increase HV testing uptake among study participants (Martins, Kerr, et al, 2012).  It was an honor to be able to share my ideas with all of the accomplished scholars in attendance.

Hearing the presentations of my colleagues at the workshop was also very inspiring.  As a first year PhD student, being exposed to various methods and research questions in the field of reproductive health and demography helped to illustrate applications of all of the skills and methods I am learning in the classroom.  Tulane GCHB faculty members were also present at the workshop and presenting, including: Alessandra Bazzano, Eva Silvestre, Francoise Grossmann and Aubrey Madkour.

The meeting format is also designed to support networking and informal exchange of ideas.  The first day of the workshop culminated in a group dinner in the French Quarter.  This was a space to learn more about the history of the workshop community and talk casually with colleagues about their work and careers.  The group was very warm and friendly, and while many in attendance had been coming to the workshop for years, I was warmly welcomed as a first time attendee.  I had the opportunity to discuss the works presented as well as those still incubating.  I learned about abortion rights work and research going on in Texas.  I also spoke with author, Lauren Sandler, about her new book, “One and Only,” which explores the only child family structure, using a feminist perspective to consider the impact of such a structure on both parent and child.

Hearing all of the interesting theoretical paradigms, insightful research questions, and cutting edge methodology being employed by my colleagues was very inspiring.  While I have had conference presentation experience in the past from a programmatic vantage point, this was my first academic conference in which I presented research ideas.  I came away with new colleagues to collaborate with, new research tools to explore and implement, and new inspiration for tackling the health, gender, sexuality and justice issues I hope to impact in my work.  I hope to remain a part of the Psychosocial Workshop community in years to come.  It seems quite fitting that my first meeting was in New Orleans, as the very first meeting of the Psychosocial Workshop took place in New Orleans (circa 1973).

Jennifer L Glick is a doctoral student in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. She may be contacted at:

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•    Work Cited: Martins , Ligia Regina F.S. Kerr , Raimunda H.M. Macena , Rosa S. Mota , Kalina L. Carneiro ,Rogério C. Gondim and Carl Kendall (2012): Travestis, an unexplored population at risk of HIV in a large metropolis of northeast Brazil: A respondent-driven sampling survey, AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, DOI:10.1080/09540121.2012.726342

June 4, 2013 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

YTH Live conference in San Francisco: April 7-9, 2013

By Susannah Anderson, MPH

I’m usually a late adopter of new technologies.  I (finally) have a Facebook account that I use periodically, but I still haven’t branched out to Twitter or Instagram.  However, my research focuses on how to improve educational, health, and social outcomes for at-risk youth, an age group that adopts and masters new media and technology very quickly.  Because I’m interested in effective ways to communicate prevention messages to youth, the YTH Live conference in San Francisco was a good fit for my research interests and what I still need to learn about social media.

YTH Live, a conference on youth, technology, and sexual health (formerly called Sex::Tech), is held annually in San Francisco with the goal of bringing together researchers, community workers, and youth to share research and programming information to improve sexual health.  It is a relatively small conference compared to APHA, but I appreciated the smaller size, which allowed me to attend more panels and events.

The primary focus of YTH sessions was effective evidence-based prevention programs, rather than secondary data analysis.  It was exciting to hear about one successful program after another, and to hear about how each addressed specific community needs.  I learned about pregnancy prevention programs in Milwaukee and Hennepin County, MN, and about You Geaux Girl, a Tulane program for pregnancy prevention for older teens in New Orleans. Following the controversial subway ad campaign in New York City, this conversation was particularly timely: how a campaign can be attention-getting, while remaining supportive of young women, young people in general, and young parents.  Sessions addressed pregnancy prevention, connecting young people to welcoming healthcare providers, STI diagnosis and treatment, and marketing.

Since the conference focused heavily on social marketing and social media, many sessions discussed how to best reach young audiences.  I learned about targeting Facebook ads to reach young people (rather than just the organizers’ friends and colleagues), constructing and maintaining online communities for young men who have sex with men (MSM) in rural areas, and San Francisco’s partnership between its health department and its school system.

The relatively small size of this conference facilitated meeting people with similar research interests and in different stages of their careers.   Because its focus is youth, health, and technology, YTH worked to attract high school and undergraduate students to the conference, and I enjoyed talking to students who were interested in and excited about public health, at an age when I had barely known that the field existed.

I returned home to New Orleans enthusiastic about what I had learned at YTH.  I attended the conference to present research with Dr. Gretchen Clum on young women who are HIV-positive, but I learned a great deal more about effective communication, public health, and new technology.

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.

May 21, 2013 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

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