MAC Messenger

Breastfeeding: What's a law got to do with it?

August 7th, 2018 The world of breastfeeding promotion and advocacy received great news in July 2018 when it was reported that all 50 states have passed laws protecting the right for women to breastfeed in places of accommodation. The last two states to… read more

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Sarah Gray

August 3rd, 2018 Dr. Sarah Gray, a clinical psychologist, became an assistant professor in the department of Psychology at Tulane University in 2014, where she primarily teaches and trains School Psychology graduate students in research and clinical practice. Dr. Gray’s research focuses on… read more

MAC Research Spotlight: Impact of Maternal Stress and Violence on Early Childhood Development Across Generations

August 3rd, 2018 MAC would like to highlight some recently published reports from our team of faculty affiliates and senior researchers. These studies highlighted have a similar focus on early childhood development with impacts from maternal stress and early childhood violence. As seen… read more

JWS Lecture Series: Protecting Women's Heart Health and Advancing Economic Equity

August 3rd, 2018 Through its Jane Wilson Smith (JWS) Lectureship Series, MAC partnered with Tulane’s National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program and Newcomb College Institute’s (NCI) Fridays at Newcomb series this spring to host lectures… read more

Advancing Health Equity in New Orleans: MAC Partners with IWES for the New Orleans Prosperity Index: Tricentennial Collection

August 3rd, 2018 MAC’s Dr. Katherine Theall and Dr. Maeve Wallace partnered with Dr. Danielle Broussard and Dr. Lisa Richardson from the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES) to write a newly published brief on Advancing Health Equity in New Orleans: Building… read more

Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Jylana Sheats

March 9th, 2018 Dr. Jylana L. Sheats, a behavioral scientist and educator, joined the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in October 2016. To address health disparities among racial/ethnic and vulnerable… read more

Gibbs Leadership Prize: MAC authors win best manuscript of 2017 in Women's Health Issues

March 9th, 2018 In January 2018, it was announced that a publication authored by MAC faculty won the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best paper published in the journal Women’s Health Issues in 2017. The manuscript, entitled “The Status of Women’s… read more

Partnering with purpose: MAC and the National Birth Equity Collaborative

March 9th, 2018 MAC is proud to partner with the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) to conduct research and advocacy around the unacceptably high infant and maternal mortality rates experienced by Black women in the US. Founded and led by Dr. Joia Crear-Perry,… read more

JWS Fall Series Highlights Innovative Work on Place-Based Exposures, Environmental Health, and Domestic Violence

March 9th, 2018 Through its fall session of the Jane Wilson Smith (JWS) Lectureship Series, MAC brought two visiting scholars to share their innovative research on the health impacts of harmful environmental and place-based exposures, and supported a training workshop on domestic violence… read more

JWS Spring Sessions Address Violence and Sex Differences in Blood Pressure

August 2nd, 2017 Through its Jane Wilson Smith (JWS) Lectureship Series, MAC showcased research on sex differences in blood pressure control and violence in health and violence prevention. The spring season’s first lecture was in collaboration with the NIH-supported Tulane Building Interdisciplinary Research… read more

The Health of Women and Girls in Louisiana follow up report: Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes

August 2nd, 2017 In 2013, the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center (MAC) partnered with the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University and others to tell the story through research of how racial and socioeconomic inequality affects the health and well-being… read more

MAC presents at the 2017 Research Meeting of Academy Health

August 2nd, 2017 Drs. Maeve Wallace, Jennifer Glick, and Katherine P. Theall all of MAC, presented their work at the Annual Research Meeting of Academy Health, held here in New Orleans June 25-27, 2017. Dr. Wallace discussed our research, in collaboration with the… read more

MAC advocates to businesses for paid leave

August 1st, 2017 In 2015 MAC provided research to assist Senator Karen Carter Peterson (LA) in introducing legislation to mandate paid family and medical leave for employees across the state. Due in part to this effort and a staggering evidence-base in favor of… read more

Faculty spotlight

August 1st, 2017 Maeve Wallace joined the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Scientists as a research assistant professor in the summer of 2016. She had returned to Tulane and joined the Mary Amelia Center after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the… read more

Understanding Diversity and Addressing Racism

August 1st, 2017 MAC faculty, staff, and students have been working to develop intersectional understandings of the social determinants of equity and their impact on health. This spring 2017, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (TUSPHTM) launched a new initiative,… read more

Gender Minority Research at MAC

August 1st, 2017 In October 2016, sexual and gender minorities (SGM) were formally designated as a health disparity population by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This was following the 2015, establishment of the NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO), which… read more

MAC's staff is growing

March 30th, 2017 It’s an exciting time at the Mary Amelia Women’s center. Our MAC staff is growing, welcoming new members to contribute to MAC’s accomplishments. The end of 2016 brought a new Operations Manager with the first quarter of 2017 ushering in… read more

Early Childhood Evaluation grows at MAC

March 29th, 2017 The Early Childhood Evaluation efforts and projects at MAC have continued to grow since becoming the local evaluation partner for Educare New Orleans. Through our work at Educare New Orleans over the past three years, we have continued to expand… read more

Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project

June 24th, 2016 The Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project is a major success with pledges from over 150 local businesses! MAC, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Coalition (GNOBAC) has hit the streets to encourage businesses to create supportive environments for breastfeeding… read more

Place Matters: Life expectancy is influenced not only by income but also by location

June 24th, 2016 Individuals who are well educated and possess a higher income live longer than those who are less educated and live at the poverty level in America’s cities, as demonstrated by studies such as Socioeconomic Disparities in Health in the United… read more

The Jane Wilson Smith Lectureship Series Spring 2016

June 24th, 2016 The Jane Wilson Smith (JWS) Lectureship Series schooled faculty, staff and students from Tulane as well as other university and community partners on a number of important topics this spring, with visits from three speakers. We began the year with… read more

Maternal Child Health Journal publishes Pregnancy Intention Study

June 24th, 2016 Recently, Pregnancy Intention and Post-partum Depressive Affect in Louisiana Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System was published in the Maternal Child Health Journal . The article, co-authored1 by Katherine Theall, Ph.D.2, MAC Director; Lauren F. Dunaway2, Research and Evaluation Program Manager… read more

Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Emily Harville

June 23rd, 2016 The April 12, 2010 BP Oil Deep Water Horizon explosion was one of the worst environmental catastrophes in history. The explosion killed 11 men, dispersed 4 million barrels of toxic oil in the Gulf of Mexico affecting waters near Louisiana,… read more

MAC serves as a Legislative Resource

June 1st, 2015 Currently, most U.S. workers lack access to paid sick and family and medical leaves to care for themselves and their families. Only 12% of private sector workers have access to paid family leave and nearly 40% of the workforce does… read more

Faculty Spotlight

May 28th, 2015 Dr. Patricia J. Kissinger, Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology of the Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine (SPHTM), is the Principal Investigator of a teen pregnancy prevention randomized trial entitled “You Geaux Girl!” (YGG!). Dr.… read more

Greetings from our Director

January 28th, 2015 Dear Colleagues and Friends, Greetings from the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center (MAC)! 2015 promises to be yet another year of enlightening developments in research, evaluation, outreach and advocacy regarding the wellbeing of women, children and their… read more

January 27th, 2015 As the new year progresses, the Mary Amelia Women’s Center(MAC) gears up for another exciting Jane Wilson Smith (JWS) Lectureship Series. A major success in years past; the lecture series targets health care professionals, public health providers, and community leaders… read more

January 27th, 2015 Dr. Catherine A. Taylor, Associate Professor in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is spearheading a randomized control trial (RCT) to address parenting skills in a WIC population.… read more

MAC Welcomes a new Communications and Media Specialist

January 27th, 2015 The Mary Amelia Women’s Center (MAC) at Tulane University is excited to welcome our new Communications and Media Specialist our team. Trina Vincent joined the team in December of 2014. She is responsible for coordination of the center’s communications, which… read more

MAC's Media Campaign: Is Your Workplace Breastfeeding-Friendly?

January 27th, 2015 Breastfeeding is a very effective, low cost intervention for improving health outcomes in women and children. Reasons as to whether a woman breastfeeds her infant and for how long can be complex depending on the environment in which she lives,… read more

MAC Collaborates on the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Initiative Workgroup

January 26th, 2015 The Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center (MAC) has partnered with other child-focused organizations* across Louisiana to collaborate on the Louisiana Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Initiative Workgroup. These organizations have a common interest in educating and promoting the… read more

MAC and Educare New Orleans, our new partnership

April 23rd, 2014 The Mary Amelia Women’s Center was recently selected to be the local evaluation partner for Educare New Orleans. Educare New Orleans, the 19th school opened in the Educare Learning Network , is part of a broad community redevelopment effort led… read more

Laws Affecting Women in the Workplace Event

April 23rd, 2014 On March 18, 2014 the Mary Amelia Center partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division, to host an event for employers, managers, or human resources personnel in New Orleans. The seminar featured information and resources… read more

Consider Breastfeeding, You Were Made for This

April 23rd, 2014 Breastfeeding is an effective, low cost intervention for improving health outcomes in women and children. Compared to other states, Louisiana has a low percentage of women initiating breastfeeding (60.6%), and breastfeeding rates among African Americans are about 50% lower than… read more

Our Opinions

April 23rd, 2014 Supporting a higher minimum wage to promote public health: Letter to the Editor The field of public health increasingly recognizes the role of social determinants such as poverty, low incomes, low education and inequality in leading to negative public health… read more

Landry-Walker Health Fair

April 23rd, 2014 The Landry-Walker High School Health Coalition and the Landry-Walker Student Government Association (SGA) collaborated to host a Health Extravaganza for the school’s students. The event’s goal was to bring health information and activities to students while allowing SGA students to… read more

Landry-Walker High School Health Coalition

January 8th, 2014 Kerrie Partridge, the Adolescent Health and Community Engagement Program Manager at the Mary Amelia Women’s Center, has been a key leader in the formation of the Landry-Walker High School Health Coalition, which is comprised of school faculty, staff, students and… read more

Welcome to New MAC Staff

January 8th, 2014 We are starting the new year with some wonderful additions to our staff at the Mary Amelia Women’s Center. Liz Langlois will be joining us as our new Assistant Director. She has an MSPH from Tulane and an MSUS (Masters… read more

The 2013 Report on the Health of Women and Girls in Greater New Orleans

January 8th, 2014 The Mary Amelia Women’s Center, with support from Newcomb College Institute, Louisiana Public Health Institute, and the City of New Orleans Health Department, has released a report that highlights the social factors that contribute to health disparities among women and… read more

Preventing Health Disparities - from genes to neighborhoods

January 8th, 2014 Over the last 6 months, a group of faculty across Tulane, led by Dr. Kat Theall, have created a multidisciplinary research collaborative called the Tulane Stress and Environment Research Collaborative on Health Disparities. The collaborative spans four schools and 10… read more

Moving the Needle on Breastfeeding Initiation

January 8th, 2014 Breastfeeding is an effective, low cost intervention for improving health outcomes in women and children. Compared to other states, Louisiana has a low percentage of women initiating breastfeeding (60.6%), and breastfeeding rates among African Americans are about 50% lower than… read more

Letter from the Director

September 12th, 2013 Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center’s Newsletter – MAC Messenger! Some of you will remember our previous newsletter, The Mary Amelia Messenger, published through 2010. We are excited to… read more

National Breastfeeding Month and the Nola Mom Campaign

September 11th, 2013 In 2011, the United States Breastfeeding Committee officially declared that August is National Breastfeeding Month (NBM). This year, the theme for National Breastfeeding Month was Action Across America: A Social Media Advocacy Campaign to Support Breastfeeding Families. The campaign targeted… read more

Our Website Launch and the Knowledge to Practice Tutorials

September 11th, 2013 We are thrilled to announce that our long-awaited, much-needed, new and improved website has officially launched! It can be reached at On the website, you can learn more about the Mary Amelia Women’s Center, our history, and our staff.… read more

Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces

September 11th, 2013 As a part of our Louisiana Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program, we created new handouts for both employers and employees. In the handouts, we discuss what it means to be a breastfeeding-friendly workplace, which is one that understands the importance of… read more

The Neighborhood Stress and Physiology among Children Project

September 11th, 2013 The Neighborhood Stress and Physiology among Children (NSPAC) project, funded by the National Institutes of Health R01 research grant (#1R01ES020447), examines the association between various biomarkers and cumulative risk and/or stress exposure characterized at the individual, household, school and neighborhood… read more