Healthy Generations eNewsletter

September 2022

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1. Welcome to the Center's New Students!

Cassie Mohawk the Center’s newest Communications RA! Cassie is a first-year MCH MPH student. She graduated in May from the UMN Duluth with a BAS in Public Health Education. During her undergrad, she gained experience in health communication, event coordination, and data collection and analysis. In her free time, she enjoys being an aunt to her two amazing nieces, spending time outside, and hanging out with friends and family. She is excited to start this new journey in her academic and professional career!

Estefania Henríquez Luthje, MD, is the Center’s newest MCH National Blog Editor! Estefanía is a first-year MCH MPH student from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She obtained her medical degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo in 2020 and received a certificate in clinical research at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For two years, Estefanía worked as a research analyst in the Department of Nutrition of the Ministry of Public Health of the Dominican Republic. In this position, she supported the design, implementation, monitoring, and data analysis for the first national nutrition surveillance system for pregnant people and children under five. Estefanía's areas of interest include maternal and child mortality reduction, nutrition (breastfeeding), sexual and reproductive rights, and the humanization of the healthcare system.

The Center would like to send a warm welcome to Estefania Henríquez Luthje, Kailee Schaberg, and Amanda Moses as they take on new roles as executive committee members in the MCH Interest Group (MCHIG).

2. National MCH Trainee Blog: MCH Competency #10–Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Team Building

The MCH training blog is a student-led national blog posted by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health and the University at Albany MCH Public Health Catalyst Program. Each month an MCH student affiliated with a HRSA-funded program is featured, with the blog highlighting how the student applies MCH competencies to their work. This month we highlight Katie Lynn (she/her/hers) and her application of MCH Competency #10: Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Team Building. Katie, a third-year PhD student in Epidemiology at the University of South Carolina, has incorporated her interest and MCH through an interdisciplinary/interprofessional approach with her research interesting being the characterization of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and health disparities through a socioecological lens in a global context, and culturally competent intervention strategies for NTDs in the maternal-child health space. Read more about her experience here!

3. Student Spotlight: How Did Volunteering as an Abortion Clinic Escort Shape the Direction of Olivia Snow’s Master's Program?

Olivia Snow was one of two #UMNMCH students who received the Robert Ten Bensel Scholarship in 2021-2022. The scholarship is a one-time scholarship awarded annually by Epi to students who demonstrate outstanding potential for contributions to the principles of MCH, human equity, and community social justice. In spring 2022, we invited Olivia to author a Student Spotlight and share more about how her experience volunteering as an abortion clinic escort inspired her to pursue a Master of Public Health and how that experience has contributed to her coursework in MCH. Read about her experience here!

4. Student Spotlight: How is Haley Lipo Zovic’s Interest in Pregnancy, Birth, Health Equity, and Social Justice Contributing to Her Graduate Experience, Both in and Outside the Classroom?

#UMNMCH student Haley Lipo Zovic (she/her/hers; MPH 2023) wrote this reflection on how her deployment with the Minnesota Prison Doula Project has not only influenced her academic work throughout her first year, but also facilitated her MCH and social justice involvement outside of the classroom.

MCH Events

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

5. Mini-Lab: Introduction to Coding Techniques with Prof. Johnny Saldana

October 6, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

Mini-Lab offerings introduce MCH students and practitioners to qualitative data collection principles and techniques. In this two hour workshop, guest speaker Professor Johnny Saldaña will cover the fundamentals of qualitative coding and specifically explore coding with NVivo.


6. The Epidemiology of Abortion

October 14, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM CDT | 364 WBOB and Virtual

The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, Center for MCH, the MCH Student Interest Group (MCHIG), and the Population Center welcome guest speaker Caitlin Gerdts PhD, MHS to speak on the epidemiology of abortion. Dr. Gerdts leads the development and implementation of Ibis Reproductive Health’s research agenda, and serves on the Senior Management Team. She is the author and co-author of several peer reviewed articles and has expertise in study design, implementation, impact evaluation, and causal inference methods. More information coming soon–check our events page for updates!


7. Helping Families Thrive with Minnesota Help Me Connect

September 20, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

Help Me Connect is hosting a free webinar to explore early childhood and family well-being resources, create and save searches using sample family scenarios, and learn about future improvements and opportunities to collaborate.


8. 2022 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference

September 21-23, 2022 | Chicago, IL

This year's theme is Onwards and Upwards: Accountability for the Past and Building for the Future of MCH. The agenda is now live. Select a date from the drop-down menu to view all session offerings. Updates will be added as organizers finalize session details.


9. WIC/FHV (Family Home Visiting) Maternal and Child Nutrition Webinar

September 26, 2022 | 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM CDT

The webinar will focus on key aspects of toddler and preschool health and nutrition. Participants will learn to identify and describe feeding patterns, essential nutrients, feeding relationships, milk alternatives, and concerns related to sugary beverages and low physical activity. This is the third presentation of a three-part webinar series presented by Dr. Jamie Stang, MDH staff, and WIC staff. The event will be recorded.


10. The National Survey of Children’s Health: Current Opportunities and Future Directions

September 27, 2022 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM CDT

Engaging Research Innovations and Challenges (EnRICH) presents a webinar organized by the Division of Research within the Office of Epidemiology and Research at the MCH Bureau (MCHB). The webinar will disseminate current data and trends gathered through the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) which is the largest national survey of children in the US. The webinar will also focus on innovations that continue to be implemented by NSCH.


11. Indigenous Lactation Course

September 28, 2022 - September 30, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT | In Person

Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming is proud to sponsor and support this free 20-hour training. This training is for any health care provider that serves Native families in the Bemidji area. Community Health Workers, physicians, OB/GYNs, Midwives, and anyone working on healthcare serving Native families. You do not have to self-identify as Indigenous to participate in this training. This training is unique in that it centers on how to support Indigenous families and provides health care providers with ways to serve Indigenous lactating families.


12. 2022 International Virtual Conference: A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare

October 3 - 6, 2022 | 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM CDT

Registration is open for this worldwide webinar hosted by the Kempe Center. Join 3000 participants from 20 countries to debate, innovate, and discuss ways to transform child welfare and to re-imagine healthy, restorative, and healing ways of working with children and families. This event includes keynote presentations, interactive workshops, media circles, book/report club discussions with authors, and so much more.

-Learn more and register

13. Family Leadership Conference 2022 - Moving Forward: Embracing Change and Transformation

October 18 - 20, 2022 | Washington D.C. and Virtual

This national family leadership conference is designed by Family Voices, the Center for Parent Information and Resources at SPAN, and the Regional Parent TA Centers. There are 48 different breakout session opportunities to discuss, share resources, discover support opportunities, learn management strategies for nonprofits, and increase the capacity for families to partner in health and educational systems.

-Learn more and register


14. Module: Educational Disengagement Among Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Unstable Housing

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare released a new educational module developed by Minn-LInK’s Kristine Piescher, Ph.D., Dunia Dadi, MPH, and Yanchen Zang, Ph.D., NSCP. The module contains key research findings based on a study in Minnesota and possible opportunities to promote and develop youth stability and well-being.

-View Module

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