Healthy Generations eNewsletter

April 2021

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1. Support the MCH Class of 2021

Celebrate and support our graduating MCHers by sharing a message, words of wisdom, or just a quote with the class of 2021. Your submission will remain a surprise until the video compilation is complete and ready for our graduates. Submit here by Saturday, May 1, 2021. Please contact for any questions or troubleshooting concerns.

2. Jamie Stang Won the 2020-21 COGS Outstanding Advisor Award

Congratulations, Dr. Stang! This UMN COGS (Council on Graduate Students) award is given annually to outstanding faculty members who go above and beyond in their work with graduate students. Faculty members are nominated and selected by graduate students. We’re #UMNproud.

3. Student Spotlight: How has Aleksey Mason-Bradach Addressed Racial and Ethnic Inequities for Mothers and Examined Parental Knowledge of Vision Health in MN?

Aleksey shares her experiences in two different deployments: one with the MN Department of Health (MDH) and the MN Perinatal Quality Collaborative, one with Minneapolis Public Schools.

-To read the full Spotlight

4. National MCH Trainee Blog: Competency 8–Family-Professional Relationships

This month’s blog post features Aida Ramon, MPH, a graduate affiliated with FL International University's MCH Catalyst Program. Aida researched sexual health practices and policies throughout the US and in her home state of FL, in order to understand how families can communicate about sexual health. Her goal is to train parents to provide age-appropriate sexual health education at home and help their children to make healthy choices. Aida says "My time at the World Aids Museum and Educational Center has ignited this passion for helping our youth have the best possible chance of taking control of their sexual health. That means providing them accurate information and empowering them to make choices that promote the best health outcomes."

The National Blog is co-hosted by the UMN's Center for MCH, and highlights the research and work of trainees affiliated with sister training programs affiliated with the HRSA-funded CoEs or Catalyst programs.

The Center is proud to sponsor the following events:

5. Mini-lab Learning Series: 1000 Days–Advocacy Through Storytelling

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Carol Dreibelbis will share how a non-profit used qualitative data in programming to improve the health of MCH populations. This event is co-sponsored by the UMN LET Program in MCH Nutrition.


6. 2021 Health Disparities Roundtable: Disparities in COVID-19–Social Justice, Policy, and Ethical Considerations in Vaccinating the US Population

Friday, April 16, 2021 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM CST

The Health Equity Working Group (HEWG) is pleased to host Dr. Rachel Hardeman, Dr. Michael Osterholm, and Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones for the 2021 Health Disparities Roundtable. They will discuss social justice, policy, and ethical considerations in the context of COVID-19.

-To register


7. Intergenerational Trauma in Latinxs: A Scoping Review

This scoping review included over 40 articles, qualitative research, and quantitative research. The authors conclude additional intergenerational trauma literature is needed to be more representative geographically, intersectional, inclusive of caregivers besides mothers, and more. This article was co-authored by Luisa Rivera (’16), an MCH alumni.

-To access the full article


8. Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration 2021 Series: From Mental Illness to Public Wellness

Friday, April 16, 2021 | 8:45 - 11:45 AM CST

Join Metropolitan State University for the first of this year’s Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (URMI) online events. The theme for 2021 is “From Mental Illness to Public Wellness.” Participants will hear from Alisa Roth, author of Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness, and engage in discussion of the issues and suggestions she brings forward.

-To register

9. How To Talk To Your Child About Sex

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST

In this workshop, participants will: discuss stages of sexual health development, learn how to support children in developing safe and healthy relationships, learn how to have conversations about safety, sexuality, appropriate boundaries, and healthy relationships, and learn about teaching tools and strategies for home. This workshop is hosted by MN Adopt.

-To register and learn more

10. ACEs in Real Life: Caring for and Parenting Children Who Have Experienced ACEs

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM CST

In this workshop, participants will expand their understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to include more recent and inclusive research and explore practical and supportive ways to engage in trauma-informed caregiving and parenting for youth who have experienced attachment trauma and disruptions as well as other forms of ACEs/trauma. This workshop is hosted by MN Adopt.

-To register and learn more

11. Reproductive (In)Justice: Birth Behind Bars

Sunday, April 30, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM CST

This conference, hosted by the Center for Justice and Law at Hamline University, will include a series of panels, conversations, and a keynote with cross-sector justice-impacted leaders, activists, scholars, and practitioners. The last panel will highlight the advocacy efforts underway across MN, WI, and AL to elevate awareness on legal and policy initiatives for reproductive justice.

-To register


12. Article: How Skin Tone Bias and Age Affect Preterm Birth Rates of Black Women

This article summarizes Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey's recent study on the association between colorism, age, and preterm birth rates for Black women.

13. Guide: Federal Programs and Policies that Support Young Child with Disabilities

This guide from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) and Child Trends provides information about three data sets on federal policies and programs that support young children with disabilities. The guide aims to help researchers interested in examining early care and education for young children with disabilities gain a complete understanding of the full range of information available on this population.

14. e-Learning: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Health Care

The program is designed to develop maternal health care providers' knowledge and skills related to CLAS. The Office of Minority Health encourages all physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nurse midwives, and certified midwives to take this program and earn up to two continuing education credits at no cost.

15. Podcast: The Role of Doulas in Supporting Women with Substance Use Disorders

This podcast discusses the use of doulas in supporting women in recovery and treatment for substance use disorders. Two doulas share their experience working at the intersection of substance use care and birthing support. Additional podcast guests discuss the role of Medicaid, state public health, and opportunities to promote doula care for people with substance use disorders. This podcast is the result of a collaboration between the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).

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