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ūüö®*NEW* 2024 MCH Fellowship Applications Now Open: Due Sun. Feb. 4, 11:59pm

MCH Fellowships

Interested in applying to our Maternal and Child Health Fellowship program to be a Research or Practice Fellow? 2024 MCH Research & Practice Fellowship Descriptions

  • Research Fellows work closely with a faculty member on a research project.
  • Practice Fellows work with an external community organization to gain practical experience.

All of our research and all practice fellowship opportunities are eligible to count as a practicum, and can be registered separately with the Practicum Office upon award of the fellowship. 

All MPH students are encouraged to apply. 


ūüö®*NEW* Due Feb 4: 2024 MCH Fellowship Applications

By Anisa SalehJanuary 23rd, 2024in Events

MCH Fellowships

Interested in applying to our Maternal and Child Health Fellowship program to be a Research or Practice Fellow? 2024 MCH Research & Practice Fellowship Descriptions

  • Research Fellows work closely with a faculty member on a research project.
  • Practice Fellows work with an external community organization to gain practical experience.

All of our research and all practice fellowship opportunities are eligible to count as a practicum, and can be registered separately with the Practicum Office upon award of the fellowship. 

All MPH students are encouraged to apply. 


January 24: State of Black Maternal Health Roundtable Series

By Amanda BittlesJanuary 21st, 2024in Events

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health,  the Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression will be hosting a series of virtual Black Maternal Health Roundtable discussions focusing on a variety of topics on the subject matter. This first topic in the series will be an overview of some of the existing systems that we have in MA and how we can reimagine a brighter future.

Please join us for this important conversation on Wednesday, January 24th at 5:30pm, register here!

The incredible panel of speakers features Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, Amutah-Onukagha, Dr. Hafsatou ‚ÄúFifi‚ÄĚ Diop, and Nashira Baril. This panel will be virtual and is estimated to last around 90 minutes.

 

December 8: 24th Annual MCH Forum

By Amanda BittlesNovember 1st, 2023in Events

The Annual MCH Forum is an opportunity for MCH Fellows and MPH students to present their work to the BUSPH and Boston Community.

Students can choose to present a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation or create a poster to discuss their work with attendees during a 1 hour session.


2023 MCH Forum

Date: Friday, December 8, 2023
Time: 1:30pm ‚Äď 4:30pm
Location: 801 Massachusetts Ave., Crosstown Building, 4th Floor
‚ÄĘ Posters: CHS Department, 4th Floor
‚ÄĘ Oral Presentations: 460A and 446 Conference Rm

November 1: Joint Webinar with Harvard

By Amanda BittlesOctober 30th, 2023in Events

Wednesday, 11/1 @ 1 PM EST

Registration link. The webinar will be recorded.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and attention to mental health matters, we explore the implementation, impact, and sustainability of including family behavioral care support into primary care to advance health equity and de-stigmatize mental health.

Featured speakers: TEAM UP for Children, including Dr. Emily Feinberg, Sonia Erlich, and Charlotte Vieira.
Discussants: Dr. Henning Tiemeier (Harvard T.H. Chan SPH) and Dr. Lois McCloskey (Boston University SPH).

ūüö®MCH Fellowship & DSLP Application Open: Sept. 25th – Oct. 15th

By Amanda BittlesSeptember 26th, 2023in Events

Applications deadline extended to Sunday Oct 15, 11:59pm ET

MCH Fellowships

Interested in applying to our Maternal and Child Health Fellowship program to be a Research or Practice Fellow?

  • Research Fellows work closely with a faculty member on a research project.
  • Practice Fellows work with an external community organization to gain practical experience.

Update: All of our research and all practice fellowship opportunities are eligible to count as a practicum, and can be registered separately with the Practicum Office upon award of the fellowship. 

All MPH students are encouraged to apply. 


Diversity Scholars Leadership Program

Interested in applying to our Diversity and Scholars Leadership Program (DSLP) (URM and/or LGBTQIA)?

The DSLP is designed to support future health professionals who want to contribute as scholars and leaders in the fight for racial and social justice and health equity. There are two arms of the DSLP: (1) DSLP-URM for students from under-represented minority communities and (2) as of 2021, DSLP-LGBTQIA+ for students from LGBTQIA+ communities. Our aim is to create an environment in which students from underrepresented minority and LGBTQIA+ students can flourish and be connected to the knowledge, wisdom, and experience of a strong network of peers and alumnae who precede them as leaders.

 

October 17: Culturally-informed Substance Use Recovery Webinar

By Amanda BittlesSeptember 25th, 2023in Events

Seeking Women’s Health Justice

Model of gender and culturally-informed care for Latina women facing substance use and mental health challenges

Resources for women in recovery from substance use disorder are challenged by underfunding and under-appreciation of women’s specific needs. The opioid epidemic disproportionately affects women and providing effective and sustainable treatment approaches is imperative.

For over two decades, Entre Familia, a program in the Boston area, has provided effective and appropriate care and has developed a number of best practices.

Entre Familia offers a 6-to-12-month residential model of treatment that incorporates bilingual and bicultural programming, offering gender-specific approaches to treatment for women who may be pregnant, postpartum, and/or are primary caregivers for their children. Coordinated and comprehensive care is key to supporting women in recovery.

In a culture that prioritizes funding for warfare ($800+ billion to the U.S. military), while spending for human services and needs is inadequate, inhumane and unjust (less than $100 billion), this webinar explores ways to seek health justice for women in recovery.

By becoming informed and activated about women’s health and social issues, we can meaningfully ensure that the intersection of women’s health and peace will be justice.

Speakers:

Hortensia de los Angeles Amaro, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor and Senior Scholar on Community Health at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the Robert Stemple College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University.

Rita Nieves RN, MPH, LICSW is a public health administrator with over 25 years of management experience in developing and providing services to persons with substance use and mental health problems.  She has worked both in Puerto Rico and the US in substance use treatment and communicable disease control.

Moderator:

Beth Sommers is affiliated with Boston Medical Center and the BU School of Medicine.

Sponsored by MAPA’s Fund Healthcare, Not Warfare working group

2023 MCH Fellowship Fair: Sep. 25 – 28

By Amanda BittlesSeptember 8th, 2023in Events

The agenda, schedule, and MCH Fellowship project descriptions can be found here. 

The MCH Fair showcases various research fellowship and practice fellowship opportunities offered through the Center. MCH research and practice fellowships allow students to engage and work with faculty and community partners. Additionally, the Center will have a session on the Diversity Scholars Leadership Program (DSLP), which supports students from underrepresented minority and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Update: All of our research and practice fellowship opportunities are eligible to count as a practicum, and can be registered separately with the Practicum Office upon award of the fellowship. More details can be found on the MCH Fellowship & Practicum FAQ.

Dates: Monday, September 25th - Thursday, September 28th

Location: Zoom (click here)   Meeting ID: 988 7446 3692 | Passcode: 251730

Daily Agenda: Each 30 minute slot will feature: 1) research fellowship, 2) practice fellowship, or 3) Diversity Leadership Scholarship Program (DSLP). Depending on the session, students will hear from the faculty, community partner, or current scholars about the different opportunities and ask questions.

Ready to apply?

Applications for the research and practice fellowships and DSLP are due on Friday, October 13, 2023, 11:59 PM.

2022 Alumni Awards

By Amanda BittlesJune 8th, 2023in Alumni, Events
From left: Krishna Upadhya, Lois McCloskey, Cherrie Evans, Gene Declercq

On April 28th, 2023 the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health held our 27th Annual MCH Networking & Alumni Award Reception. This year we honored Krishna Upadhya (SPH’98), vice president of quality care and health equity at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Cherrie Lynn Evans (SPH’09), senior principal technical advisor for maternal, newborn and child health at Jhpiego. Both visited SPH on April 28 to receive the awards and speak to SPH faculty, staff, and students.

Congrats to our 2023 award recipients, Krishna and Cherrie. We are so proud of all the work you do for maternal and child health! And thank you to all who attended!

Read more about the event here!

April 12, 2023: PNQIN Spring Summit

By Amanda BittlesMarch 24th, 2023in Events

REGISTER NOW: PNQIN Spring Summit 

The Perinatal and Neonatal Quality Improvement Network is inviting our CHS/MCH students to attend the spring summit.  Free, lots of networking and information about perinatal quality initiatives in MA.   If you are interested please let Sarah Lawrence (sel6@bu.edu) or Dr. McCloskey know (loism@bu.edu). 

Date*: April 12, 2023 from 8am-4:30pm

Location (in-person): Four Points by Sheraton Norwood in Norwood, MA

Registration link (please register by March 29th): https://cvent.me/207KZq 

*We did our best to avoid scheduling conflicts and acknowledge that the Summit occurs during the holiday of Passover. For those unable to attend, we will post Summit materials to the PNQIN website with permission from our speakers.

Please feel free to email PNQIN Project Management if you have any questions or concerns:

March 17, 2023: UMN Health Disparities Round Table

By Amanda BittlesMarch 14th, 2023in Events

Health Disparities Round Table: Advancing Mental Health Equity‚ÄďPublic Health Solutions for Mental Health

Friday, March 17, 2023 | 8:30 - 11:30 AM CDT  

The focus of this year's event focuses on effective and sustainable policies, practices, and programs to achieve mental health equity among intersectional identities. Hear from speakers Dr. Gilbert Gonzales (Vanderbilt Center for Medicine, Health and Society), Jeremy Hanson Willis (Rainbow Health), Antony Stately (Native American Community Clinic), and Sue Abderholden (NAMI MN). Co-hosted by the UMN COE.

Register