Healthy Generations eNewsletter

May 2021

Happy National Women’s Health Week!

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1. 2020 MN Women’s Health Report Card (MN-WHRC): A Snapshot of Minnesotan Women’s Health

The Report Card has been updated with new data about COVID-19, LGBTQ health, demographics, and more thanks to the efforts of many, including MCH students!

There are many local and national data sources that can be accessed to learn about the status of women’s health in MN. However, there is no one source that provides Minnesotans with a comprehensive review of the specific indicators of and barriers to women’s health. In order to paint a broad picture of how Minnesota’s women are faring, we have worked with the MN Department of Health to comb through the latest data and compile the 2020 MN-WHRC, which provides citizens, public health professionals, policymakers, and others with a short, visual synopsis that highlights key areas of women’s health.

-Download the Report Card (PDF)

-Visit the MN-WHRC webpage

2. The UMN School of Public Health is Hiring a MCH Professor

The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the UMN School of Public Health seeks applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor (non-tenure-track) position to begin January 2022. This position will contribute to teaching, advising, and program administration primarily in our MCH MPH Program.

-To learn more and apply

3. Send Your VideoHug and Congratulations to the MCH Graduating Class

Congratulate the UMN MCH Class of 2021 with a video hug! To gift a video wish to the UMN MCH Class of 2021, submit here by Friday, May 14.

4. Student Spotlight: How is Olivia Sullivan Working to Support Incarcerated Parents and their Families with the MN Department of Health (MDH)?

Olivia Sullivan wrote this reflection on how her work with Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, and recent deployment with the MDH, have contributed to her experiences in the MCH Program.

-Read more about Olivia’s deployment

5. TA Corner: Dr. Zobeida Bonilla’s Technical Assistance (TA) with Our Bodies, Ourselves–An Enduring Voice on Sexual and Reproductive Health

May is Reproductive Health Awareness Month, which focuses on raising awareness for comprehensive, evidence-based reproductive health education. From May 9-15, 2021, National Women’s Health Week is also celebrated. In this TA Corner, we share Dr. Zobeida Bonilla’s involvement with the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (aka Our Bodies Ourselves), a women’s health organization that started in 1970 as a group of women in the Boston area who published Our Bodies, Ourselves, the classic book on sexual and reproductive health.

-Learn more


6. Study Examines the Effect of Police Violence on Birth Outcomes for Black Infants

Associate Professor Rachel Hardeman has launched a first-of-its-kind, five-year study to investigate the association between racialized police violence and the occurrence of preterm birth and low birth weight among Black infants.


7. 7th African Mental Health Virtual Summit–Beyond COVID-19: Addressing the Past and Future in the Present

Friday, May 21, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM CDT

The COVID-19 global pandemic uncovers the deeply entrenched racial inequalities which have been severe among Africans in the Diaspora. This summit will feature important presentations that will bridge the gaps between challenges and solutions, and provide tools and skills to inform true and collective action needed during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. CEUs are available for the Board of Psychology (7.5), the Board of Social Work (16), the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (7.5), and the Board of Behavior Health and Therapy (7.5). General admission is $50.00 plus a $4.67 fee.

-To register

8. MN Early Intervention Summer Institute

Tuesday, June 22, and Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Times Vary

The MN Early Intervention Summer Institute has been offering MN’s early childhood special educators and their cross-sector partners high quality professional development. The Summer Institute provides early childhood professionals the opportunity to focus deeply on one topic. The research and evidence-based practices learned while at the Summer Institute promote professionals’ knowledge, skills, and resources that can be used immediately in their work with young children and their families.

-To register

9. Save the Date: MN Rural Health Virtual Conference

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST and Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST

In this workshop, participants will expand their understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to include more recent and inclusive research and explore practical and supportive ways to engage in trauma-informed caregiving and parenting for youth who have experienced attachment trauma and disruptions as well as other forms of ACEs/trauma. This workshop is hosted by MN Adopt.

-To register and learn more


10. Blog Post: Combating Racism Advances Health Equity

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. View the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Minority Health’s Combating Racism Advances Health Equity blog post and AAPI resources and information.

11. Recording: Disparities in COVID-19–Social Justice, Policy, and Ethical Considerations in Vaccinating the US Population

Last month the Center co-sponsored the Health Disparities Roundtable hosted by the Health Equity Working Group (HEWG). Dr. Rachel Hardeman, Dr. Michael Osterholm, and Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones discussed social justice, policy, and ethical considerations in the context of COVID-19. Check out the conversation.

12. Report: State of Babies Yearbook 2021

ZERO TO THREE officially released the State of Babies Yearbook: 2021. It is the third annual state-by-state examination of how where a baby is born impacts the course of their lives. This year's report explores not only how racial and economic inequities start even before birth, but how those deeply entrenched disparities created a world where babies, toddlers, and their families were particularly vulnerable to a major crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in learning more, read the major findings, explore all state profiles, and consult the indicator dictionary.

13. Website: MN Compass

MN Compass has made a new website for improved navigation of accessible data and analysis. Wilder Research works with advisors representing business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropy to develop credible, easy-to-access statewide data.

14. Resource Page: Children’s Bureau COVID-19 Resources

HHS continues to work closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners across the globe to respond to and contain COVID-19. This resource page includes information for frontline workers, children involved in child welfare, foster care providers, and other general workforce resources.

15. Resource: COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy

MDH has released this one-page info sheet about the COVID-19 vaccination for people who are pregnant or may want to get pregnant in the future.

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