Maternal and Child Health Leadership Lab

Apply to the MCH Leadership Lab

Fall MCH Leadership Lab applications now open!! Apply at the link above.


The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Lab is a competitive fellowship opportunity open to students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Concentration in MCH. MCH Leadership Lab students are matched with a research or practice opportunity and meet monthly for networking events, workshops in leadership skills, and mentorship.

Please see below for a list of currently open projects. MCH Leadership Lab students are also welcome to apply with their own projects if none of the below are of interest.

Delivery Decisions | Ariadne Labs

Ariadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ariadne Labs offers practicum opportunities in child birth working on Cesarean section. Practicum students work closely with the TeamBirth data collection, run analyses, write reports and interview stakeholders.

Neonatal Program | Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Students will have an opportunity to collaborate research with 5 Boston-area NICUs to improve health and developmental outcomes of preterm infants and to help design and pilot-test a comprehensive parent-reported outcome assessment tool for preterm infants.

Research on Maternal, Newborth, Child Health in Ethiopia | HaSET

HaSET is focused on understanding the causes of morbidity and mortality and using this knowledge to develop interventions to improve health. Data on the incidence and causes of morbidity and mortality among pregnant women and children are largely unknown in settings like Ethiopia. Students will have an opportunity to develop research skills to design and implement studies, analyze data, and write manuscripts; to join a research team and engage in a research project from beginning to end; to learn how to implement studies of high quality in low-resource settings within complex health systems in collaboration with local partners and stakeholders; to develop local collaborations (paired with local collaborator); and to apply for student research funding/grant opportunities.

Harvard Catalyst Community Engagement

Harvard Catalyst Community Engagement Program seeks to increase the pace of adoption of evidence-based programs and policies to promote health, prevent disease, and eliminate disparities. In alignment with community-identified needs and interests, this goal will be met through a combination of implementation science, policy research, and community partnerships. Students will help build sustained, bi-directional collaborations between community organizations and Harvard University via student practice placements focused on improving child health, promoting cancer screening and prevention, and addressing emerging public health priorities through policy change; develop practical skills and community engagement expertise of public health and medical students ; and increase the capacity of community partners to conduct needs assessments & evaluations, prepare for accreditation, and adopt evidence-based programs & policies to promote health and eliminate disparities.

Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs | Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Though Children and Youth with Special Health Needs account for over 70% of health utilization, children with health complexity (CMC) (combined medical & social complexity) form about 1% of this population and make up over 33% of pediatric health costs, which excludes other costs by the patients and their families (e.g., lost wages or other health expenses). Students will develop a short measurement tool with acuity levels that can accurately and objectively determine levels of complexity in Children and Youth with Special Health Needs, interview DCYSHN program managers to understand the history of their current acuity levels and how they relate to program eligibility, align acuity levels within the Division as appropriate, and lead the DCYSHN Management Team in value stream mapping of current and future states of acuity and eligibility alignment among programs, and more.

Home Visitation Program | Rhode Island Health Department

First Connections is a statewide multidisciplinary, short-term family visiting program. Students will have an opportunity to work independently and with the team, (combination of remote/at RIODH/community) and to make improvements to the Family Home Visiting program. Student will gain understanding  of implementation science, understanding of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI and its role in program design and implementation), and will gain practical experience conducting analysis working with large data sets.

Birth Beyond Bars

The Birth Beyond Bars Study is an ongoing mixed-methods study analyzing data collected through a nonprofit partner serving incarcerated pregnant people, their infant, and the caregivers of that infant in Georgia. The purpose of the study is to investigate the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children born to incarcerated mothers from birth to 2 years and to better understand the challenges and barriers to family unity in this population. Students will assist in data collection, monitoring and evaluation.

Women’s Center | Maine Department of Corrections 

The mission of the Women’s Center at the Maine Department of Corrections is to reduce recidivism and increase accountability among female offenders by using a variety of evidence based and gender informed practices.  The Department offers educational and vocational opportunities that address individual needs and encourage growth to females during their incarceration and students will help to assist in these areas.

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