MCH Student eNewsletter

January 2022


1. Student Spotlight: How did Nichole Castillo’s interest in infant mortality and health equity lead to her MPH with a focus on MCH?

#UMNMCH student Nichole Castillo; she/her/hers (MPH 2022) wrote this reflection on how her coursework, experience as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and deployment with MDH have contributed to her career in MCH.

2. National MCH Trainee Blog: Kathleen May on Competency #11–Working with Communities

Kathleen May is the author of this month's blog post on Competency 11: Working with Communities. She is the Program Coordinator for the Institute for Public Health Practice at the University of Iowa (UI) College of Public Health. She earned her BS in Public Health and MPH in Community and Behavioral Health, both from UI, and received training at UI’s Maternal and Child Professionals to Address Growing Disparities in the Rural Midwest Catalyst Program. Kathleen reflects on her experience with the Title V MCH Internship program and how she obtained skills working with communities. “Understandably, it is impossible to be aware of everything happening in a system, but this is where system mapping can be useful. Working together to address this issue will lead to greater effectiveness and efficiency due to pooled resources, diverse voices and backgrounds, and shared passion.”

Center Events

The Center is proud to co-sponsor the following events:

3. Mini-Lab: Introduction to NVivo

January 13, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM CDT

The Center's Mini-Lab offerings introduce MCH students and practitioners to qualitative data collection principles and techniques. We're excited to once again offer this popular training on Nvivo software. Junia N. de Brito will help you understand how to use this powerful tool in your research.


4. MCH Peer Program Social: Jam Into the New Year

January 18, 2022 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT

Join us in a virtual event for MCH students participating in the MCH Peer Program. Get comfy and come as you are for this one-hour pajama party-themed social event, which will be hosted by 1st Year MCH student Briana Wells and 2nd Year MCH Student Cassie Edlund. It will include fun breakout group activities and a Q&A with our 2nd-year peers! Invites have been sent out to MCH Peer Program participants via Google Calendar and email. Questions? Contact attn: Briana.

5. Reproductive Justice Book Club: An Introduction

January 24, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

Please join The Center as we launch our Reproductive Justice Book Club and explore the concept of reproductive justice–from inception to action! In this first discussion session, Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey, Dr. Rachel Hardeman and MCH student Dr. Erin Marten will be your guides as you discuss and cover selections from Reproductive Justice: An Introduction by Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Sollinger.


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6. Skills Institute #3: “Working with and Advocating for Families Caring for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) or Chronic Conditions”

February 8, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CDT

Our third workshop will focus on working with and advocating for families caring for CYSHCN. We welcome Pat Lang, Coordinator of the Health Information Center at PACER Center, as our guest speaker. This workshop is for MCH and PHN students only. Fellows from LEND and LEAH have also been invited to attend.


7. Skills Institute #4: “The Čaŋlí Coalition Toolkit: A Policy Framework”

February 28, 2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT

Our last workshop of the school year will feature MCH alumni Rae O’Leary (MPH 2019), a Public Health Research Analyst at Missouri Breaks. She’ll share a toolkit she developed for the anti-tobacco Canli Coalition of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, which can be adapted to advocate for other public health issues. This workshop is for MCH and PHN students only.



8. Minnesota Public Health Association: 2021 - 2022 Public Health Matters Policy Forum Series–What Can We Learn From Each Other? Challenges in Maternal and Child Health

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

Join this thought-provoking second forum of the series, “Local and Global: What can we learn from each other.” Panelists, including UMN SPH Division of Epidemiology and Community Health’s Susan Mason, will consider the challenges we continue to face in addressing maternal and child health care needs. Despite efforts to reduce gaps in care locally and globally, the gaps remain. Why? What is the future?


9. The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Addressing Social Determinants to Optimize Infant Brain Development

January 18, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

Join this webinar hosted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as guest speaker Dr. Cynthia Rodgers presents an overview of adverse exposures and their influence on child development.


10. Coaching to Support Children’s Cognitive Self-Regulation

January 19, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

Join the discussion to explore strategies and practices for supporting cognitive self-regulation, also known as executive functioning skills, in children from birth to age 5, coaches, and yourself! This webinar will have English and Spanish captioning.


11. Prenatal to Three Policy Forum

January 20, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM CDT

Join this seminar as advocates, policymakers, and community members come together to discuss the advancement of policies supporting early childhood from prenatal care through age 3.


12. Combating Health-Related Misinformation and Disinformation

January 21, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

Presented by Tara Kirk Sell, Ph.D., MA Senior Scholar, Center for Health Security and Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this talk, Dr. Sell will describe ways to understand how and why misinformation infiltrates our public discourse and potential paths forward in combating health-related misinformation and disinformation


13. 2022 Disability Services Coordinator Institute: Our Team, Our Goal–Belonging and Inclusion

January 25, 2022 | January 26, 2022 | 9:45 AM - 3:00 PM CDT

Learn new skills and revisit classic strategies that help build a coordinated approach as you provide comprehensive services to children with disabilities, from birth to age 5, in all program settings. All webinars will be captioned in English and Spanish.


14. The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic

January 28, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM CDT

Join this session in the SPH's Epidemiology and Community Health seminar series. In this session, psychologist and Hamline University associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, Dr. Jillian Peterson, will discuss her research into mass shootings and data-driven gun violence policies. This session will also be joined by guest speaker Nicole Hockey, mom and co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, and moderator Associate Dean Marizen Ramirez.

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Center Faculty Publications and News

15. Center Faculty, Staff, and Students in the News

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MCH Competency Corner

16. Competency #5: Communication

Each month, we highlight MCH Leadership competencies for our students to learn more about. Communication is the verbal, nonverbal, and written sharing of information which involves both the message and delivery method.

-Learn more about MCH competencies


17. 16th Annual Women's Health Research Conference Abstract and Works-in-Progress Submission

Submission Deadline: January 19, 2022

This one-day event focuses on reproductive justice and person-centered care featuring two plenary presentations, a panel discussion, and a poster session on women’s health research. It draws interdisciplinary women’s health researchers, health care providers, students, and community public health professionals for a day of learning, networking, and research dissemination.

Awards recognizing excellence in scholarship are selected and given to one research team per category based on the status of the primary presenter. The categories are 1) Faculty member, 2) Staff/Community Member, and 3) Student/Trainee.

-Learn more about the conference


18. Making Lifelong Connections: Weaving Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism into MCH Careers

April 6, 2022 - April 8, 2022

Application Deadline: January 21, 2022

Apply to attend the Making Lifelong Connections (MLC) meeting held in-person this Spring in San Diego, California! During these three days, you will learn from guest speakers and presentations, engage in discussions, and build connections through networking activities. If you intend on applying, email attn: Sara beforehand and as soon as possible as there may be funding available to help you attend.

-Learn more about the MLC meeting



19. Website: Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center

The Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center (MHLIC) is a national resource center guided by the mission to “foster collaboration and learning among diverse stakeholders to accelerate evidence-informed interventions advancing equitable maternal health outcomes through engagement, innovation, and policy.” MHLIC provides information on state and national programs, blogs, resources, and events.

-Learn more about MHCLIC

20. Video: Maternal Health Call to Action Summit

On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, the White House hosted a summit for its first-ever Maternal Health Day Call to Action. To watch a recording of the summit click here.

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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