Healthy Generations eNewsletter
1. Technical Assistance (TA) Corner
Child Obesity Prevention Efforts: Solutions from Families and Communities
March is National Nutrition Month, which focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Did you know that the Center provides TA on many topics, including nutrition? The Bright Spots Mini-Lab Positive Deviance Project is one example of TA aimed at increasing a shared understanding of strategies associated with lower risk of obesity in historically underserved children and communities, while simultaneously sharing asset-based, community-derived, promising strategies with MCH programs, service providers, and community agencies.
2. National MCH Trainee Blog: Competency 11–Working with Communities
This latest blog post is by UMN MCH student Delilah Robb from the UMN Center of Excellence (CoE). Delilah details her development of an American Indian sexual health campaign in this post. The National Blog is co-hosted by the UMN's Center for MCH, and highlights the research and work of trainees from sister training programs affiliated with the HRSA-funded CoEs or Catalyst programs.
3. Alumni Spotlight: Renee Kraus
Renee Kraus (‘19), a MCH alumnae, shares her work conducting a literature review of current and proposed NJ state MCH policies, and doula implementation experiences in other states (including MN).
4. Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity
Congratulations to Center faculty Dr. Rachel Hardeman, Director of the newly founded Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity! To combat racism and enact lasting change, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota donated $5 million to the UMN School of Public Health (SPH) to establish the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity.
6. 2020 Outstanding Teachers in the SPH Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
Congratulations to Center faculty, MCH faculty, and the MCH alumni named as the Division's 2020 Outstanding Teachers!
The Center is proud to sponsor the following events:
8. Mini-lab Learning Series: 1000 Days–Advocacy Through Storytelling
9. 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.
10. Programs Can Build on the Strengths of Latino Families with Low Incomes to Improve Outcomes
This article from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families shares the strengths of low-income Latinx families and what future research and programs can focus on to recognize these strengths. For example, the research findings showed that most low-income Latinx mothers with romantic partners had healthy relationships. Thus, public health programming could build on these strong foundations and help Latinx families navigate potential challenges around child development or poverty.
11. Labor Market Experience of Parents During the Pandemic
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST
The COVID-19 pandemic has created many hardships to economic security and family life, including disruptions in employment, schooling, and child care. In this session hosted by the Twin Cities Research Group, Ryan Nunn will review the findings and discuss this in the larger context of pandemic impacts. Attendees will be able to ask questions at the end.
12. Disparities, Action, and Patient-Engaged Research in Perinatal Mental Health
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST
In this presentation, Dr. Tabb Dina will discuss how perinatal mental disorders affect women of various races and present patient-engaged strategies to reduce perinatal mental health disparities. There is a registration fee to attend this workshop.
13. Black Maternal Health Conference (BMHC) and Training Institute
Friday, April 16, 2021 & Saturday, April 17, 2021 | Time TBD
The BMHC will help to: build capacity of Black leaders in maternal health to shape programs, policies, and care and engage in evidence-based advocacy, disseminate best practices to address critical issues in Black maternal health from different sectors including research, care, policy, and culture, and grow a network of stakeholders committed to improving Black maternal health.
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14. Guide: Conducting Research Through An Anti-Racism Lens
Conducting research through an anti-racism lens is a long-term and ongoing process and must be considered as part of a complex system which oppresses people and groups in multifaceted ways (i.e., classism, ethnocentrism, capitalism, casteism, etc.). This guide from University Libraries shares racist research systems and practices, followed by resources for mitigating those problematic systems and practices. The authors of this guide acknowledge that this is not a solution to the issues of racism embedded in research
15. Commentary: Setting the Agenda for Reproductive and Maternal Health in the Era of COVID-19–Lessons from a Cruel and Radical Teacher
This Maternal and Child Health Journal commentary, authored by colleagues at other CoEs in MCH, shares eight lessons learned during the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights specific gaps within the MCH network and describes action that individuals and organizations can take to address these concerns.
16. Recording: Remaking the Economy–Health, Racial Disparities, and Economic Justice
Panelists on this Nonprofit Quarterly webinar discuss what good community-based health research looks like, the leading structural causes of healthcare injustice in the US (and how to address them), the existing protective factors within communities of color that can be reinforced to achieve better health outcomes, and much more.
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