About Us

What is the MCHLT Program?

Purpose of the MCHLT Program

How to become an MCHLT Scholar

How will the MCHLT program improve the health of women, children, and families in Louisiana?

Contact Information 


What is the Maternal and Child Leadership Training Program?

The Tulane Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program is housed within the Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Department. With funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the program provides leadership training opportunities to Tulane students, staff, and faculty, as well as MCH practitioners in the community. These opportunities come in the form of:

  • Seminars and workshops
  • Community outreach activities
  • Group book discussions                                                                    
  • Meetings with faculty and staff mentors
  • Creating long-term development goals
  • Coursework
  • Attending regional and national conferences
  • Research collaboration
  • And much more!


Purpose of the MCHLT Program

The goals of the MCHLT are to provide leadership training for current and future public health practitioners, enhance maternal and child health training  for public health students, enhance MCH research and research training, and extend and strengthen partnerships with the community and public health agencies.

The MCHLT Program seeks to improve the health of mothers, children, and families, in accordance with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Title V Program. The program helps students develop core MCH leadership competencies that relate to the self, others, and the community. Through activities designed to increase knowledge, self-reflection, ethics, critical thinking, communication, negotiation, cultural sensitivity, teamwork, contextual thinking, and advocacy, the program aims to shape students into MCH leaders who will be able to positively impact the community as students and in their future careers.




How to become an MCPHLT Scholar

Applications are accepted each fall.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or here on a permanent resident visa   
  • Student in the CHS department
  • Concentrating in one of the MCH tracks

Applicants must submit:

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter (describing your service and leadership experience, academic and professional goals, assets you would bring to the program, and what you hope to gain from the program)

Prospective scholars will be invited for individual interviews. Final selections will be made with an emphasis on creating a group of diverse students with a wide range of experience, disciplines, personalities, and race and ethnicity to allow students to gain exposure to a multidisciplinary skill set and further develop their cultural sensitivity. Given satisfactory academic performance and program involvement, the scholars will receive mentoring and a small stipend from the program for three semesters. The mentoring relationship will continue beyond the completion of their degree and successful entry into the workforce. All scholars/trainees are expected to maintain contact with the MCHLT annually for at least five years after their graduation date. 



How will the MCPHLT program improve the health of women, children, and families in Louisiana?

In post-Katrina Louisiana, public health faces many challenges and the opportunity to create a new future for Louisiana. Louisiana has the second-highest poverty rate in the U.S. and possesses some of the worst rates of fetal, infant, and maternal mortality.

Through a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the MCHLT is working to address these problems by encouraging the development of both current and future MCH leaders. The program stresses cultural competency and diversity while enhancing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of students and professionals in Louisiana. The Tulane MCHLT program fosters links between community members, faculty, and students toward the greater goal of growing the next generation of MCH leaders and ensuring that the unique needs of the nation's women, infants, children, and families are met.




Contact Information

Carolyn C. Johnson, PhD

Shokufeh Ramirez, MPH
Program Manager

1440 Canal Street
Suite 2301
New Orleans, LA 70112


The Tulane Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T76MC04927 and title Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


MCHLTP, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2301, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-3539