Posts tagged ‘social justice’

Health Equity in Maternal and Child Health

Several of our MPH students attended the annual meeting of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), held this year March 4 – 7, in Kansas City, MO. What follows is a post from one of these attendees.

By Alexis Robles, BA

The 2017 AMCHP Conference in Kansas City was the first conference I attended as a graduate student at Tulane University. I was made aware of this conference through my internship in health equity with the Louisiana Office of Public Health – Bureau of Family Health. The theme of the AMCHP Conference was Engagement with Intention: Inclusivity, Diversity, & Non-Traditional Partnerships. This theme fit perfectly with my work as the BFH Health Equity Intern and I submitted a proposal to present on undoing implicit bias, which was accepted as a poster presentation. The theme of the overall conference was incredibly important to me and inspiring. Public Health professionals from across the country gathered to discuss and share information on diversity, equity, and inclusivity in Maternal and Child Health.

I was exceptionally lucky to be able to participate in the Radical Justice 101: Building the Capacity of MCH to Advance Racial Equity: Putting Concepts into Action daylong session. This session struck me with its participant diversity as it included public health professionals from all different backgrounds, from pediatricians, Title V coordinators, and epidemiologists, to doulas, students, and community health workers. From these different professional backgrounds, we all came together to focus on individual and organizational skill building as it relates to health equity. It was inspiring to see the collaboration across states, professions, gender, races, and languages in the room as we discussed the heavy but necessary topic of racial justice, racial equity, and health equity. Overall, I left this session inspired to join the MCH public health community and with much needed skills on talking about race constructively and authentically engaging both community and partners on social justice issues.

This session combined with the overall theme and accompanying sessions at this conference left me inspired and hopeful for the future of diversity and equity in MCH. I have a renewed passion and sense of purpose to continue this work in my personal and professional life. This conference was an invaluable opportunity to learn and grow while seeing firsthand the quality of work being produced across the nation.

Alexis Robles is a third-year MPH student with a concentration in Community Health Sciences and a certificate in Program Management, with an interest in Maternal and Child Health.  She plans to graduate in May 2017. Her professional background is in community health, particularly with vulnerable and sensitive populations and health policy. Her research interests include health equity, health disparities, racial equity, and social justice. Alexis loves watching horror and sci-fi films and collecting indie bath and body products. She spends her free time with her rescue dog visiting as many parks as possible.


April 4, 2017 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Practicum: The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal

The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal has a mission to serve as a catalyst in New Orleans and beyond for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice. We do this through activism, community engagement, organizing, and transformational learning. Through our relationships with organizers, especially organizers from the local organization Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (“AEHR”), the Center has made a commitment to support the work for Toxic-Free Schools in New Orleans. As a Center with one full-time employee and 3 part-time employees, we are not able to devote the skilled people resources necessary to support the current campaign not to build a new school on the old Clio St./Silver City Dump. (more…)

March 26, 2015 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

Humanure Power’s Facility is Open

Tulane MCHLT staff were happy to recently receive the following news from Tulane MCHLT Scholar alumnus (MPH ’13) and Humanure Power co-founder Anoop Jain, who has been working in Bihar, India to end outdoor defecation:

Humanure Power toilet facilities, Bihar, India

HP sanitation facility, Bihar, India

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Humanure Power opened its pilot community sanitation facility on July 10! After 4 years of dreaming, we celebrated the opening of our facility with our entire staff and hundreds of people from the local community we are working with. We had 258 users on our very first day! This is incredibly exciting, and is a great number to work up from. In the coming weeks, we will analyze our usage data to track which groups in the community need more outreach to encourage use. Our goal is to capture this data effectively to demonstrate impact, so that we can work closely with local government agencies to replicate our model throughout Bihar.

I’d also like to mention one key change to the HP model. We are no longer focusing on using the energy we produce from our facilities to power batteries/portable lights. Instead, we are going to use that energy to power a water filtration system. We conducted water quality tests a few months ago. The results were extremely discouraging and highlighted an immediate need for a clean water intervention. It makes sense for us to implement a solution that is needed by the community, thus the change in our model. I’d like to point out that the energy side of our program has always been flexible. Our primary concern is improving access to toilets. We are willing to use the energy we produce to serve the community in whatever way it needs. We will sell filtered water for $0.01 per liter, half of what other vendors in the area are selling it for. This money will go directly to paying our cleaning staff and for general toilet maintenance.

Having witnessed the work and passion Anoop has put into realizing his dream, it is exciting to learn that the facility is not only open, but has been so directly shaped by the needs of the community. Access to toilets not only safeguards human dignity and sanitation, it also helps protects the safety and education of girls.

July 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

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