MCH Student eNewsletter

October 2020

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Center Announcements

1. Celebrating the Center’s 65th Year of Funding!

Congratulations to the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health for reaching its 65th year of funding! The Center is one of thirteen Centers of Excellence in MCH in Education, Science and Practice, and one of the longest funded.

2. First Maternal and Child Health Interest Group Meeting and Announcing New Executive Board!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM CST


The Maternal and Child Health Interest Group is a by-students, for-students group to discuss current MCH topics and issues. All students of any degree, program or background are welcome to join!

-To register

We are also excited to introduce our new executive board, consisting of the following MCH students:

Nicollette Moore, Logistics

Taylor Lees, Events

Bridget Lasswell, Marketing

Delaine Anderson, Recruitment

Alyse Haven, Center Liaison

Emily Reimer, Center Liaison

Laura Villareal, Center Liaison

If interested in joining the MCHIG as a general member, please email

Follow the MCHIG on Instagram @ sph_mchig.

3. Student Spotlight: How did Sam Stern Address Physical and Mental Health Care in Workplace Settings?

Sam's deployment with the Minnesota Health Action Group allowed him to work on the Mental Health Guiding Coalition, which focuses on addressing gaps in mental health in the workplace.

-Read more

4. National MCH Blog: New Post and Editor!

Alexis is an online MCH student who has joined the Center team as editor of the MCH Trainee Blog! As an editor, Alexis will help guest authors showcase their research and practice skills.

This month's blog post features Vanessa Rivero, a Graduate student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Vanessa writes about her experience with self-reflection and the importance of self-awareness in the MCH field.

MCH Events

5. MCH Qualitative Mini-Lab Presents: The Learning Lab

Friday, October 16, 2020 | 1:30 PM CST


The Learning Lab is dedicated to introducing MCH students and practitioners to the principles of qualitative data collection techniques. Join speaker Junia N. De Brito to learn more about qualitative research techniques and methods in this first event. This session is the first of three sessions scheduled this fall.

-RSVP here

MCH Competency Corner

6. Competency #2: Self-Reflection

Every month we’ll send you information on MCH Navigator training organized around the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. Each competency sits within one of three larger foci areas: self, others, and the community. This month we will focus on Competency #2: Self-Reflection.

Self-reflection is the process of assessing the impact of personal values, beliefs, communication styles, cultural influences, and experiences on one’s personal and professional leadership style.

-Learn more about self-reflection


7. Family Planning and Reproductive Strategic Communications and Outreach Intern

The Family Planning and Reproductive Health Strategic Communications Intern will support the Bureau for Global Health’s (GH) Office of Population and Reproductive Health. They will have the opportunity to work alongside USAID’s leading technical experts as well as engage with external partners and stakeholders to promote the Agency’s family planning and reproductive health programming and partnerships.

-To learn more

8. Public Health Review is Hiring Editors!

The Public Health Review is a graduate-led, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary public health journal published by the U of MN Libraries. PHR is hiring nine editors for its 2021 Editorial Board. The position will last from mid-December 2020 through December 2021. Please note that this is a volunteer, unpaid position. A month-long training process will ensure hired editors have the skills they need. Interested students should submit this application by Friday, October 16.


9. Money Talks: Leveraging the Power of Business and Philanthropy in Pursuit of Racial Justice

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 11:00 AM CST


As part of the College of Liberal Arts’ “What’s Next?” series, this event brings together three panelists to discuss the role that businesses play in answering calls for racial justice and how they should support the dismantling of systemic and institutional racism.

-Register here

10. EpiCH Webinars

The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health will host regularly-scheduled webinars from faculty and experts in the field.

Racism as a Public Health Issues: A Legislator’s Perspective | Ruth Richardson

Friday, October 9, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM CST


Transmission Dynamics of SARS-CoV-2: Model Inference and Projection | Jeff Shaman

Friday, October 23, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM CST


Quantitative Methods for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Public Health | Miguel Mariano

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM CST


11. Indigenous Culture Week: Indigenous People’s Day

Monday, October 12, 2020 | 2:00 PM CST

U of MN’s Circle of Indigenous Nations kicks off Indigenous Culture Week on Monday with celebration speakers, songs and stories.

Monday: Indigenous People’s Day; Tuesday: Art & Film Day; Wednesday: Global Perspectives Day; Thursday: Social Justice Day; Friday: Connection & Comedy Day

-See flyer here

12. Gender Equity and Media Discussion Group

Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST


Open to all U of MN staff and students, this group reads, listens to or watches short selections of different media.

-Register for October meeting

13. Health Equity Work Group Fall General Meeting

Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:15 AM CST


The Health Equity Work Group has the pleasure of hosting Department of Sociology Associate Professor Michelle Phelps and Department of Sociology PhD student Chris Robertson to discuss their research on the limits of 21st century policing reform.

-To register

14. Feminist Friday: Indigenous Feminist Futurism ft. Sammie Ardito Rivera

Friday, October 16, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST


Join local activist Sammie Ardito Rivera for a facilitated conversation on Indigenous feminist futurism and building a relationship to land.

-Register here


15. Aurora Center

The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education provides a free and confidential space for students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the U of MN-TC and Augsburg University who are victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.

16. Register to Vote!

Are you looking for more information on how to register to vote? The UMN Advocates has a website dedicated to answering your frequently asked questions and guiding you through the process of registering.

17. Immigration Response Team

The U of MN's Immigration Response Team (IRT) supports individuals and those affected by immigration policy changes and provides information to the UMN community. You can join the IRT’s email group to stay up to date about immigration policies, news and events. Get email updates by clicking "Sign Up Now" on the home page.

18. Get Your Flu Shot!

Boynton Health’s Flu Clinics are open! Appointments will be available throughout fall semester.

-Schedule your vaccination

19. Adapting and Innovating to Promote Mental Health and Emotional Well-being of Young People of Color

The Steve Fund Crisis Response Task Force has released commentary and recommendations for higher education institutions and employers on promoting the health and well-being of their students of color.

-Read here


20. Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month is dedicated towards bringing advocates together from across the nation to bring awareness to and end domestic violence. The UMN Aurora Center has resources for those looking for help, support and education regarding domestic violence.

-Learn more

21. Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease in both women and men.

-Learn more

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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