The Hogue/Hargraves MCH Internship is named for Drs. Carol J. Rowland Hogue and Martha H. Hargraves whose bi-racial partnership spanning more than three decades revealed racial/ethnic disparities in women’s and children’s health and influencedhealth policy development aimed at eliminating those health disparities. Beginning at the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and continuing throughout Dr. Hogue’s tenure as the first Terry Professor of MCH at Emory, the two developed and tested frameworks to understand the embodiment of racism in reproductive health and its consequences for both mothers and their offspring.1 Their collaboration inspired applied research, not only in Dr. Hogue’s home Reproductive Health Division at CDC and home RSPH Department of Epidemiology, but also across CDC and Emory’s Health Sciences Center.2
The Hogue/Hargraves MCH Internship will help fund an Applied Practice Experience (APE) in Maternal and Child Health. The APE must be housed in a domestic agency or organization and be focused on applied work aimed at reducing racial/ethnic disparities among women, infants, or children. Preference for this internship will be given to current MCH Certificate students.
“An Applied Practice Experience (APE) is a unique opportunity that enables students to apply practical skills and knowledge learned through coursework to a professional public health setting that complements the student’s interests and career goals. The APE must be supervised by a Field Supervisor and requires approval from an APE Advisor designated by the student’s academic department at RSPH. To successfully fulfill the APE requirement, students must a) complete a minimum of 200 clock hours in one or two public health agencies, institutions or communities; b) meet student-selected MPH foundational competencies and concentration competencies; c) produce at least 2 deliverables that benefit the APE agency; d) enter and track all APE-related information, deliverables and required approvals in the RSPH APE Portal; and e) registration in the student’s Department 595 course (i.e. BSHE 595, BIOS 595, etc.) is required in the student’s final semester of enrollment. Prior to the start of a student’s APE, the student must receive departmental approval from the designated APE Advisor in their department.”3