Healthy Generations eNewsletter

December 2021

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1. Student Spotlight: How is Cara Carter Making An Impact On Perinatal Outcome Initiatives in Minnesota?

#UMNMCH student Cara Carter (MPH 2022) wrote this reflection on how her coursework and deployment have bridged her pharmacy career and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) career in pregnancy hypertension and COVID-19 vaccination work.

2. National MCH Trainee Blog: Melanie Lambert and Michaela Harris on MCH Knowledge (Competency 1) and Communication (Competency 5)

Through the Boston University School of Public Health’s Center of Excellence in MCH, Melanie and Michaela became Practice Fellows in the Health Promotion Advocacy Program (HPAP) at Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) Pediatric Emergency Department. In this blog post, Melanie and Michaela reflect on their experience with their fellowship and how they obtained MCH knowledge and communication skills that have helped them serve their communities. “One thing we’ve been intentional about (and will continue to be) as future public health professionals and aspiring clinicians is to acknowledge the experiences our patients have faced, while in the same breath, uplifting and praising them for how far they’ve come.”

The National MCH Trainee Blog is maintained through a partnership by the HRSA-funded Center and the Center of Excellence in MCH at the University at Albany.


3. Center Faculty in the News

Dr. Rachel Hardeman is featured in the Star Tribune News on how a new research center measures the impact of racism on healthcare. Read the news article here.

Dr. Rebecca Shlafer was featured on Kare 11 News about the investigation of the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) and jails that failed to report the shackling of pregnant women while in custody. Read the news article here.


4. 2021 Youth Mental Health Disparities Conference: Identifying Opportunities and Priorities in Youth Mental Health Disparities Research

December 8 - 9, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

This conference is being held in response to language from the Congressional House Committee on Appropriations calling for “…a conference of leading extramural experts on health disparities…to discuss research opportunities and gaps, as well as evidence-based solutions and therapeutic interventions.”

Sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. This conference is open to the public and free to attend.


5. Co-Creating Leadership Development Opportunities for Immigrant and Refugee Youth

December 16, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

During the webinar by the School-Based Health Alliance, participants will hear from a panel of partners and youth. They will discuss highlights from "Leaders of Tomorrow: Immigrant & Refugee Youth - A Guidebook on Leadership Development," a curriculum co-created by immigrant and refugee youth to expand their knowledge, strengthen their skills, capture their stories and improve their ability to take action in their communities.


6. Local and Global: What Can We Learn From Each Other?…Challenges in MCH

January 14, 2022 | 7:45 AM - 9:30 AM CDT

Join Minnesota’s public health community in these thought‐provoking breakfast conversations. In this second forum of the Minnesota Public Health Association's (MPHA) 2021-2022 Public Health Matters Policy Forum Series, panelists will consider the challenges faced in addressing MCH care needs. Despite efforts to reduce gaps in care locally and globally, the gaps remain. Why? What is the future? Moderated by Ed Ehlinger, MPHA Past President.

Find more information on this series here.

7. 2022 AMCHP Annual Conference: Reflecting on our Past, Shaping our Future

March 5 - 8, 2022

Registration is now open for the AMCHP (Association of MCH Programs) Annual Conference held at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, in Washington, DC with virtual options to attend (view cost rates).

Described as the north star of MCH, the AMCHP Annual Conference is one of the largest gatherings of MCH professionals in the country. MCH leaders are ready to act to address the most pressing crises and social issues.

Participation offers direct connections with health officials responsible for programs in the fields of:

  • Infant mortality reduction

  • Women’s health

  • Reproductive health

  • Adolescent health

  • Children and youth with special health care needs

  • Early childhood services



8. Research Grant: Reducing Inequality

Deadline: January 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM CDT

The William T. Grant Foundation introduces a new updated application guidelines for 2022 which details what applicants need to know to develop a strong letter of inquiry for the Foundation's research grants on reducing inequality. In addition to eligibility and application requirements, the updated guidelines provide expanded insight into current research interests and clearly lay out the review criteria for letters of inquiry.


9. Funding Opportunity: HHS Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Total Cash Prize: $1,800,000

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking innovative ways to improve postpartum care for Black or African American and American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) low-income beneficiaries enrolled in Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge is the study on Innovative Methods to Improve Postpartum Care for Black or African American and American Indian/ Alaska Native Women, with an emphasis on follow-up care for conditions associated with morbidity and mortality in the later postpartum period, including diabetes, postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety, hypertension, and substance use disorders (SUD).


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