MCH/CYF in the Community

MCH/CYF in the Community

The Concentration has initiated student support for targeted practica activities with our collaborators. This past year, these activities have included work with the following agencies:

Centers for Disease and Control (CDC)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch

MCH/CYF has had a longstanding collaboration with this branch in which students spend a week in an intensive didactic session on program evaluation and then accompany a CDC Officer to one or more states helping them with evaluating their programs. This year we began formal support of student travel and the supported students (enter Toks’ info here)

Division of Reproductive Health

This year we expanded the program above to include the Division of Reproductive Health. Two students developed an evaluation of the New Orleans program to reduce sudden and unexpected death in infancy.

Children’s Hospital Boston

Program for Patient Safety and Quality

Students worked with staff at the Program for Patient Safety and Quality (PPSQ) at the Childern’s Hospital Boston (CHB). The students worked with the staff there to gather information regarding health care services for children in the state of Massachusetts in the areas of availability, quality, and current measurement of quality of services.

Examples of 2010-2011 Student Practica

Boston Public Schools and Wellness – K-12 Health Education initiatives

Mass School Based Health Center Coalition – Advocacy/program development –
school-based sex education and reproductive health services

Codman Square HC and Charter School – Coaches project – training coaches as role
models for male adolescents’ life skills

Harvard Tobacco Control Center – youth tobacco use in Nigeria
Codman Square Health Center – perinatal health programs – evaluation,
development of initiative focused on Haitian women

Revere Health Center – use of navigators for cervical cancer screening and
follow-up

Department of Mental Health – programs for Children with Autism Spectrum
Disorders

Boston Public Health Commission – interventions to prevent pre-term labor

Boston Public Health Commission – evaluation of child mental health
interventions throughout Boston

Mass Eating Disorders Association – eating disorders in adolescent girls –
qualitative investigation of body image and attitudes towards eating

Cambridge Health Alliance – interventions for homeless adolescents

Bird Street community Center pre-K/K nutrition and healthy eating – intervention
and program evaluation

Children’s Hospital – QI initiatives

Children’s Hospital – qualitative investigation – use of long-acting
contraceptives among teenage girls

Children’s Hospital – implementation of an STI prevention intervention (national
study)