MCH Student eNewsletter
Welcome From The MCH Program Chair
So great to have everyone here for the semester! Welcome again!
For those who don’t know me, I am an anthropologist by training and have spent the past 20 years studying the complex genetic, familial, and nutritional relationships that shape how children grow, develop, and achieve optimal health, with a particular focus on maternal infant nutrition. This broad research interest is probably why I teach such disparate classes: in the MCH MPH Program, I teach Child Health (PubH 6606), while in the Epidemiology MPH Program I teach Genetics in Public Health (PubH 6381) and in the Public Health Nutrition MPH Program I teach Nutritional Assessment (PubH 6915). My current major research projects examine the epigenetics of obesity and biological aging, and the role of maternal nutritional status in altering breast milk composition and lactation success.
I have a few recommendations for academic success:
Please come prepared to discuss and engage in your synchronous and asynchronous classes. Try to keep your video unmuted if possible and be extra engaged during breakout sessions and group discussions...this will make your Zoom classes more fun and zip by.
Please do meet with your academic advisor and if you aren’t feeling like they are helping you, let me know! They are the best people to help you decide which path to go for your Integrated Learning Experience and can give you names of other people they know who are interested in your areas
Take the time to prepare for your Applied Practice Experience by querying the SPH searchable Field Experience database a few months in advance of the term you wish to start.
Talk to the EpiCH academic student services group (especially Shelley and Marlin) often, for answers to all of your questions on courses and meeting the requirements of the degree
Visit the SPH Career Services office once in your first year, and once in your second year
Focus less on grades in courses and more on choosing courses that expand your MCH skills and on getting immersed in ideas with your fellow students, mentors, and co-workers.
Sit outside and enjoy the sun and some socially distanced gatherings before it gets too cold to do it!
I hope that answers some of your questions about who I am and how I can best help you. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about my research, courses, and/or experiences. I look forward to another successful year with you in the MCH Program!
The Maternal and Child Health Interest Group (MCHIG) is Looking for Executive Board Members!
The MCHIG is looking for applicants to fill three Executive Board positions: marketing, recruiting, and events! If you are looking for a way to get involved, interested in discussing MCH topics, and giving back to the local community, consider applying! Please complete your application by Monday, September 14, 2020.
If you are interested in joining the student group, but not applying for an executive board position, please email email@example.com.
Student Spotlight: How did Lexie Adams and Morgan Collins use Quantitative and Qualitative Data to Learn about the Needs of Hennepin County Residents?
Student Spotlight: How Did Madigan Knuth Apply Her MCH Knowledge in Providing Community Recommendations for Title V Grant Priorities?
New MCH Research Page
Recognize an MCH Student
New MCH National Blog Posts!
The MCH National Trainee Blog is a student-led national blog dedicated to sharing students’ research and community engagement experiences. Check out these recent blog posts!
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-Competency 8: Family and Professional Partnerships (featuring UMN MCH graduate and former Center RA, Abhi Ramesh!)-Read the latest blog post on Competency 12: Policy
MCH Policy and Advocacy Guest Lecture
Monday, November 9, 2020 | 10:10 AM - noon PM CST
VirtualAmy Haddad is the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs and will be lecturing about the Association of Maternal & Child Health Program’s work to advocate for Title V appropriations and AMCHP’s policy priorities. This lecture is a part of Professor Zobeida Bonilla’s PUBH 6603 class period. Please stay tuned for more details or contact her with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCH Faculty Rachel Hardeman Featured in UMN News for Research
A study co-authored by SPH Associate Professor Rachel Hardeman found that Black babies die less often when they are cared for by Black doctors. “As we seek to close persistent racial gaps in birth outcomes, this finding is incredibly important.”
MCH Competency Corner
MCH Competency 1: MCH Knowledge Base / Context
Each month, we highlight one MCH Leadership competency for our students to learn more about. This month’s competency focuses on general MCH knowledge of prevention, life course theory, cultural competence, health equity, and more. At a foundational level, MCH students will gain skills including but not limited to: describing MCH populations and programs, use data to identify key MCH issues, evaluate evidence-based programs, describe health disparities, and more.
Rapid Response Grants Program 2020
The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) is pleased to announce, as part of its systemwide initiative focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new rapid response grant competition. Grants will support current faculty, academic staff, and graduate students to use the SDGs as a framework to help address the many challenges that are arising locally and globally.
Current masters and doctoral degree students, faculty, and academic staff from academic units throughout the UMN system are eligible. Grant proposals should clearly demonstrate how the project will both advance known needs in our communities both locally and globally, and also how it will contribute to at least one SDG either locally or globally including, if possible, linking to specific SDG targets and indicators.-Learn more
National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST
This year’s theme is: Building a State Policy Roadmap to Strengthen the Earliest Years. The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center identified the most impactful state-level policies that bring to life the science of childhood development. Summit registrants will receive direct links to downloadable Roadmap and state data profiles for all 50 states and D.C.
Refusing to ‘Go Back to Normal’
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CST
The UMN Human Rights Lab and the UMN Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility are hosting this webinar to address racial inequities in health outcomes. SPH Assistant Professor Rachel Hardeman will be an expert featured in the webinar.-Register
Student Wellbeing Guide
The Center for Spirituality and Healing has created an SPH Student Wellbeing Guide, dedicated to help students focus on their wellbeing as they start the new semester. This 36 page comprehensive guide covers topics including healthy sleep and eating, developing relationships, mindfulness for racial justice, dealing with anxiety, and more.
National Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This month is used to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. The suicide prevention hotline number is 800-273-8255.
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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