MCH Student eNewsletter

February 2021

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Center Announcements

1. Student Spotlight: How is Carrie Baranowski Helping to Integrate Family Planning Services to Comprehensive Care for Local Health Departments in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin?

MCH student Carrie Baranowski used the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment to adopt new family planning policies into local health departments in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

-Read more about Carrie’s work

2. MCH Student Delaine Anderson Presents Research on Income Disparities Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Females in MN

First year MCH student and MCHIG executive board member, Delaine Anderson, conducted research on income disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority women in MN, expanding on results from the MN Women’s Health Report Card. Congratulations on your work, Delaine!

-Watch her presentation here

MCH Events

3. MCH Peers Event: Spill the Tea!

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 7:00 PM CST


If you are a member of the MCH Peers Program, we invite you to join us for an evening of chatting, connecting and spilling the tea. And by spilling the tea, we mean sharing your favorite drink and food recipes!

-Join Zoom meeting

4. Qualitative Methods Mini-Lab Learning Lab Series: Introduction to Facilitation Skills

Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 11:30 AM CST


The Qualitative Methods Mini-Lab is excited to announce another series of Learning Labs! Join MCH students and professionals on February 11 for an introduction to facilitation skills with Dr. Rickard Krueger and Dr. Mary Anne Casey. Co-sponsored by the Center for MCH.

-RSVP here

5. MCHIG Monthly Meetings

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM CST - MCH Topic Night


The Maternal and Child Health Interest Group is thrilled to share a semester of exciting, educational and community-building events for MCH students and anyone interested in MCH topics. Mark your calendars!

More events and information to come. To connect with MCHIG, please email

6. Disparities in COVID-19 - Social Justice, Policy & Ethical Considerations in Vaccinating the US Population

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


Save the Date for the Health Equity Work Group (HEWG) 2021 Health Disparities Roundtable! This year's theme will focus on justice, policy and ethics surrounding the vaccination of the US population against COVID-19. More information to come. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for MCH.

MCH in the News

7. Rachel Hardeman featured in KARE 11 Article: COVID Racial Disparities Worse Than Thought

Assistant Professor Dr. Rachel Hardemann was recently featured in a KARE 11 investigative piece about the racial disparities in COVID outcomes for Minnesotans. “Overall, we appear to be this incredibly healthy and thriving state...But when you start to peel back the layers and look at things by race, we see that that is not actually the reality for people of color in our state,” said Hardeman.

8. Jaime Slaughter-Acey featured in UMN Research Brief: How Skin Tone Bias and Age Affect Preterm Birth Rates of Black Women

Assistant Professor Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey conducted the first study in the US to understand how skin tone bias relates to Black birthing outcomes. “For instance, someone who is light brown could be favored among some people because of their more European appearance. Skin tone may influence Black Americans vulnerability and exposure to racism-related stress and marginalization,” says Slaughter-Acey.

MCH Competency Corner

9. Competency #6: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Negotiation is a cooperative process where participants try to find a solution that meets the interests of all involved parties. Conflict resolution is resolving or managing a dispute by sharing each party's points of view and addressing their interests to produce a satisfying outcome. Leadership in public health requires knowledge and skills in negotiation and conflict resolution to address differences among stakeholders, health care providers, communities, managers, providers and families.

Career Corner

10. Career Corner Paused

Please note the Career Corner will be paused until further notice. We are excited to develop more materials to help you understand your role in MCH and how you can contribute to the field as an MCH professional!


11. Adolescent Sexual Health Internship

The UMN Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center (UMN PRC) collaborates with state and local organizations to conduct research, disseminate findings and provide training on best practices in promoting health equity and healthy youth development. The intern will collect and manage state-wide data on sexual health, revise fact sheets and materials to include current sexual health statistics and assist with evaluation and assessment activities. This position is a part time, 10 hour a week commitment. Please submit your cover letter and resume to MCH Program alumna Jill Farris at Applications are due Friday, February 5, 2021.

12. Research Day

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM CST


The School of Public Health Research Day is an annual event that provides our faculty and students an opportunity to showcase their research activities, integrative learning projects or applied practice experiences with the University community. The entire SPH community is welcome to attend. All events are free, open to the public and available online.

-Submit your abstract and poster here

13. Communications Manager for the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC)

SAHRC supports MCH professionals working in state/territorial public health agencies across the country to improve health and health care for young people. This position supports SAHRC’s efforts to build capacity of state MCH programs to address adolescent health issues and build the foundation for healthy development.

-To apply (Job ID # 339085)


14. COVID-19 and Preterm Birth Research Panel

Friday, February 5, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM


The MCH Center of Excellence in Education, Research and Practice at our sister school, Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, presents its first "MCH Research Spotlight." The panel will seek to address contradicting information on the association between COVID-19 and preterm birth.

-Register here

15. Mindful Mondays

Every Monday | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST


Join UMN's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing for an informal hour of meditation and light movement every Monday. The Bakken Center's Mariann Johnson will guide you through exercises that will leave you feeling physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually rejuvenated.

-Learn more and register here

16. Student Senate February Yoga Series

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM CST

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM CST

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM CST


Join SPH Student Senate for a series of relaxing and empowering yoga sessions during the month of February!

-Join via Zoom

17. Health Equity Work Group Spring General Meeting

Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 9:00 - 10:15 AM CST


HEWG invites you to attend their spring general meeting with Dr. Dana Carroll, “Collaborations with Native American Tribes and Communities to Achieve Health Equity.”

-Register here

18. Developmental Consequences of Parental Incarceration for Infants and Young Children

Monday, March 8, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST


Assistant Professor Dr. Rebecca Shlafer will present her exploration of the developmental consequences of parental incarceration for infants and young children and consider how the incarceration of a parent – and co-occurring Adverse Childhood Experiences – can compromise healthy social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. The workshop will also address ways to support relationships between incarcerated parents and their infants and young children. This webinar is hosted by the MN Association for Children’s Mental Health.


19. Podcast: Be@School Episode 2–Students with Disabilities

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare released the second episode of their Be@School podcast. The Students with Disabilities episode focuses on special education for children during COVID-19, and the challenges schools and students are facing.

-Listen here

20. Healthcare: Boynton Health

Boynton Health is open! They offer both in-person and telehealth appointments for your safety and convenience.

21. Survey: Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life provides education, advocacy, outreach, and support to students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members. If you identify as an LGBTQ+ student, consider filling out this survey to help them improve their impact on LGBTQ+ students at the UMN Twin Cities.


22. Black History Month

This year during Black History Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is partnering with fellow Offices of Minority Health at HHS and healthcare professionals around the nation to focus on highlighting the impacts COVID-19 has on African Americans with underlining health issues such as uncontrolled hypertension. Visit the OMH webpage for materials, events and health resources, follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and sign up for newsletters for additional updates.

23. American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month! This month is dedicated to motivating Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Focusing on heart health has never been more important. People with poor cardiovascular health are also at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

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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