Healthy Generations eNewsletter

March 2022

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1. Student Spotlight: How Did Delaine Anderson Provide Essential Data to Identify Underserved Populations and Inform Policy Changes for Parents and Children in Minnesota?

#UMNMCH student Delaine Anderson (she/her/hers), MPH 2022, wrote this reflection on how her deployment at the Minnesota Department of Health has contributed to her career in MCH. She describes her experience with Minnesota PRAMS, an ongoing public health surveillance project, and how her work provided a deeper understanding of the importance of data collection surrounding birth.

2. National MCH Trainee Blog Gabby Ruiz on Competency #7-Cultural Competency

Gabby Ruiz (she/her/hers) is the author of the newest blog post. Gabby is an MPH student at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health studying Maternal and Child Health. Her post is based on her 2021 Title V MCH Internship experience and how she strengthened her MCH skills in Cultural Competency. Gabby shares, “I believe that an important component of cultural competency is the collaboration with team members who bring differing perspectives and experiences to the table, and this partnership was essential in creating our evidence-based and population-informed social media campaign.” Read more about Gabby’s work and experience with her Title V MCH Internship here.

3. Center Faculty and Alumni in the News

  • Why Birth Trauma Needs To Be Part of Black Maternal Health Conversations: Dr. Rachel Hardeman explains that trauma can be inherited through the stories and even the habits of elders. "There is intergenerational trauma of being a Black birthing person in America," she says, adding that knowing stories from family members and older generations can impact the birth experience.

  • MORHE Lab Member Feature: MCH alumni Asha Hassan '18, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration at the University of Minnesota, was featured in CARHE’s recent post. Asha is a part of the Measuring and Operationalizing Racism to Achieve Health Equity (MORHE) Lab, which is housed within the research arm of CARHE.

Center Events

4. Mini-Lab: Ripple Effect Mapping

March 25, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 AM CDT

Participants will learn how ripple effect mapping, as an evaluation tool, can be used to tell a story behind quantitative data and discover how projects have impacted communities. Guest speaker Dr. Scott Chazdon is an evaluation and research specialist at the UMN Extension, where he conducts evaluations, assessments, and analyses of community programs. Prior to Extension, Dr. Chazdon spent ten years working with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and has co-authored a number of publications.


5. 2022 Health Disparities Roundtable: Advancing Health Equity–Public Health Solutions for Climate Change

Friday, April 8, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

Climate change is impacting human life and it threatens the essential ingredients for good health clean air, safe drinking water, nutritious food, and safe shelter. Climate change disproportionately affects communities of color and those living in poverty. Solutions are needed today to combat the worsening health inequalities of tomorrow. At this event, join keynote speakers to better understand the effects of climate change on health inequalities locally, nationally, and globally. Speakers will highlight effective and sustainable policies, practices, and programs to counter health inequities created and worsened by climate change.



6. Healthy Native Babies Project: Honoring the Past, Learning for the Future

Multiple dates

This three part series hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health provides evidence-based strategies and tools for helping babies sleep safely in American Indian (AI) and Alaskan Native (AN) communities. The first part was held in February.

Part 2: Strategies and Practical Tips for Teaching Safe Infant Sleep in AI/AN Communities

March 16, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT


Part 3: Tools for Addressing Safe Infant Sleep in AI/AN Communities

April 13, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT


Learn more about the Healthy Native Babies Project in the workbook and toolkit published by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

7. Promising Practices and Challenges in Incorporating a DEI Lens in Research-Practice Partnership and Coproduction Grant-Making

March 17, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Evidence Project and Lenfest Ocean Program will host this roundtable discussion about grant-making strategies and practices that aim to incorporate considerations of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into research-practice partnerships and coproduction projects.


8. Climate Change and Health: The Risks to Community Health and Health Care Utilization

March 17, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

The CDC’s Climate and Health Program supports state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies to prepare for the health impacts of a changing climate by developing and implementing adaptation plans to protect under-resourced communities.


9. Conexiones Series: Apoyar al personal docente para fomentar las habilidades de funcionamiento ejecutivo de los niños por medio del coaching (Fostering Executive Function Skills in Children Through Coaching)

March 23, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

En este seminario web Conexiones, explore cómo los coaches pueden apoyar al personal de educación a fomentar las habilidades de la función ejecutiva (autorregulación cognitiva) en los niños.

In this Spanish-language webinar hosted by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning, participants will explore how coaches are supporting education staff in fostering executive function (cognitive self-regulation) skills in children. This webinar will be presented with English and Spanish subtitles.


10. Head Start Services as a Maternal Health Intervention

March 30, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

Head Start programs play a vital role in the lives of children and families and the communities they reside in. Using the program intentionally as a health equity intervention contributes to closing racial disparities that are fueled by inequitable access to resources and positive experiences. One of those critical disparities is maternal and infant birth outcomes. American Indian, Alaska Native, and African American people are two to three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related issues than white people. This webinar will introduce participants to maternal health resources developed for Head Start staff. It will also provide staff with potential modes of support for pregnant people and their families. This webinar will be offered with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish.


11. When Everyone Benefits: A Virtual Symposium on Health Care, Homelessness, and Public Safety

April 6, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM CDT

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the Street Medicine Institute and the National Homelessness Law Center, will host an exploration of the future of public safety and the intersecting issues of unsheltered homelessness, criminalization, crisis response, street outreach, and health care. Health centers are encouraged to join and invite community stakeholders.



12. Funding Opportunity: Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program

HRSA posted a notice of funding opportunity for its Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program. This initiative began three years ago to address persistent disparities and lack of obstetric services in rural areas. For this round, applicants can request up to $1 million per year for a four-year program, subject to available funding. Applications are due April 5, 2022.

-Apply here

13. Call for Submissions: Toward a Holistic Developmental Science (SRCD)

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) will host this special topic meeting on Toward a Holistic Developmental Science: Catalyzing Transdisciplinary Multi-Sector Collaborations to Understand and Support Human Development on September 29 - October 1, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts to present on transdisciplinary research related to the topic. Submissions are due April 6, 2022.

-Submit here

National Observances

14. National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is Celebrate a World of Flavors, which supports celebrating foods from different cultures and appreciating diversity.

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