MCH Student eNewsletter

April 2022


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Messages for MCH Graduates

We've created a message board to send MCHers our congratulations on their upcoming graduation. Please include your message for the MCH Class of 2022 by Friday, April 29 using the instructions below–it's easy and will only take a minute!

1) Open the Kudoboard

2) Click "Add to Board"

3) Type or record your message

4) Add email

5) Add your name

6) Click "Post" and your message will be added

MCH Virtual Graduation Party and End of Year Celebration

Join the MCHIG and help celebrate the end of another great year while sending off graduating MCH students. There will be socializing, brief MCH faculty remarks, and, best of all, graduating student bingo (featuring baby photos and current photos of our graduating students)! Please fill out this doodle poll to provide input on the date/time of this virtual celebration.

1. Happy National Public Health Week!

This year’s theme is “Public Health is Where You Are." Find out what's happening nationally during the week of April 4-10, 2022 here!

2. Student Spotlight: How is Kaitlyn Traub using a health equity lens to responsibly report data at MDH?

#UMNMCH student Kaitlyn Traub (MPH 2022) wrote this reflection on how her deployment with the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Team at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has contributed to her career in MCH. Her work with briefs at MDH highlighted the importance of describing systems impacting the health of Minnesotans. In this piece, Kaitlyn shares how intentional, equity-based reporting practices can change the way populations are described in Minnesota and the impacts such reporting can have on health.

Center Events

The Center is proud to co-sponsor the following events:

3. Maternal and Child Health Interest Group (MCHIG) Topic Night: Postpartum Mental Health

April 11, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

Join the MCHIG virtually for a topic night discussing postpartum mental health. They have distributed some resources beforehand to help guide discussion. Contact for more info.


4. Reproductive Justice Book Club

April 18, 2022 | 9:00 AM CDT

Join the Center as we explore the concept of reproductive justice–from access to outcomes, birth to abortion. Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey and Dr. Rachel Hardeman will be your guides during this virtual book club session. The Reproductive Justice Book Club is open to all UMN students – please share with other students who may be interested! Contact Erin at with questions.


5. Support through Separation: Coping with the Physical and Emotional Separation…for the Birthing Person and Baby During Incarceration

April 19, 2022 | 11:00 AM CDT

Join the Cross-Center Collaboration on the Health of Justice-Involved Women and Children (JIWC) for this webinar hosted by our sister MCH Center of Excellence at Emory. Lanetta Garner, a Peer Support Specialist, will discuss her experiences working at Human Solutions Women's Shelters, and Alicia Roach, an experienced doula from Oregon. Jessica Katz (The Family Preservation Project), Lesley Mondeaux (Northwest Mothers Milk Bank), and Carrie Cohen (Portland State University) will also share their work in supporting families and children of incarcerated mothers. This is the third of a four-part webinar series focused on “Support through Separation: Coping with Physical and Emotional Separation.”



6. Justly Born: Pregnancy in the Criminal Legal System and the Movement to Promote Health, Dignity, and Healing

April 12, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

Join the UIC Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health for the Spring 2022 UIC CoE-MCH Irving Harris Early Childhood Forum. This year's theme is Advancing Justice for Infants, Children, and Families: Efforts to Dismantle the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline and Restore Maternal Infant Bonding in Carceral Settings. During this session speakers Chauntel Norris and Ashley Lovell will discuss the Alabama Prison Project.


MCH Competency Corner

7. MCH Competency #8: Family-Professional Partnerships

Each month, we highlight MCH Leadership competencies for our students to learn more about. Family-professional partnerships at all levels of the system of care ensure the health and wellbeing of children, including those with special health care needs, and their families through respectful family-professional collaboration and shared decision making.

-Learn more about MCH competencies

Center Faculty Publications and News

8. Center Faculty, Staff, and Students in the News

Dr. Rachel Hardeman, director of the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity (CARHE), was interviewed by the StarTribune about two incidents at Hennepin County Medical Center showing “deeply rooted” racism. Dr. Hardeman was also just featured on Fox news for the piece Minnesota infant mortality rate disparities creates need for new care facilities.


9. Recordings: The Intersection of Climate Change and MCH–Centering Global Issues and Climate Justice

Climate Change threatens all the progress made in Global Maternal and Child Health. How did we get here and what can we do about it? The Association of Maternal and Child Health (AMCHP) Global Health Workgroup explores the greatest challenges facing the MCH population due to climate change. From policy making to activism, this webinar discusses the innovation of people and groups around the world working to solve the biggest issue of our lifetime.

To explore more on climate health at the intersection of MCH, view the following briefs:

-Protecting Moms and Babies Against Climate Change Act

-Build Back Better Act Momnibus Investments
The Intersection of Climate Change & MCH: Centering Global Issues and Climate Justice

10. Recording: Introduction to Literature Reviews

As we focus our efforts on evidence-based/informed practice, we need to be fluent with the science distilled from the literature and the field. Literature reviews are key tools in this process by which a body of literature is classified using systematic methods that are intended to reduce bias and improve understandability.

This session digs into the basics of literature reviews with colleagues who engage in different types of reviews as part of their work and research. Presenters discuss different types of reviews, summarize the Ten Step Method used by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, and share their own experiences conducting literature reviews and explore tricks and tools for automating the process.


11. Recording: From Understanding Inequality to Reducing Inequality

In this recorded forum, scholar panelists explore ways for social scientists to move beyond describing and quantifying the problem of inequality and to focus instead on ways to reduce it by discussing pathways through which research may lead to large-scale social change. The forum was co-sponsored by the Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at the City University of New York (CUNY), the Center for Wealth and Inequality, Columbia University, and the William T. Grant Foundation.

From Understanding Inequality to Reducing Inequality

12. Podcast: C2–Critical Conversations that Lie at the Heart of Health Justice

The Center of Excellence in MCH at Boston University is launching its new podcast, C2: Critical Conversations that Lie at the Heart of Health Justice! These episodes serve to generate conversations in classrooms and living rooms about issues and strategic solutions critical to the health of communities and families, focusing on how we can achieve health justice as a collective.


13. Online Module: Homelessness & Child Protection–An Integrated Administrative Data Approach

In this two-part module by Sun-Kyung Lee, PhD and Alyssa R. Palmer, MA, participants will learn about the intersection between student homelessness, child welfare involvement, and education. Two studies are presented using Minnesota statewide administrative datasets.

Findings from the reviewed literature and study results describe: the current state of the literature pertaining to multi-system involved children; how cross system involvement is related to school engagement; persistent disparities in involvement with various social services; the importance of cross system administrative data; and policy recommendations on how to integrate services across multiple systems.

-Watch Module 1

-Watch Module 2

National Observances

14. Black Maternal Health Week

April 11, 2022 - April 17, 2022

This year marks the fifth year anniversary of the Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) campaign. Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, BMHW is a week of awareness, activism, and community building intended to:

  • Deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US;

  • Amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions;

  • Center the voices of Black Mamas, women, families, and stakeholders;

  • Provide a national platform for Black-led entities and efforts on maternal health, birth and reproductive justice; and

  • Enhance community organizing on Black maternal health.

Find the BMHW Social Media Toolkit here.

The aims of the Center include providing continuing professional education in maternal and child health (MCH) and support for students in online and in-person MCH graduate programs at the University of Minnesota. Center and MCH Program faculty are involved in research and training in infant and child health, adolescent health, family health, health disparities, reproductive health, and women's health.

The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T76MC00005 for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health in the amount of $1,725,000. This information or content and conclusions of our outreach products are those of the authors 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.

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