MCH Student eNewsletter

January 2020

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Center Announcements

1. Have a Fantastic Winter Break!

The RAs, staff and faculty of the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health wish you a happy and restful winter break! We can't wait to welcome you back to spring semester, starting January 21st. Happy New Year!

2. Alumni Spotlight: Teresa Laing, MPH 1993

Teresa Laing graduated with her MPH in MCH in 1993, but her experience as a Nurse Practitioner and her multiple international opportunities also played a large role in her career. Teresa now works for the Hennepin County Child and Teen Check-Ups program.

-To learn about Teresa's career in public health

3. MCH Student Wins EDIT Button Contest!

Congratulations to our very own MCH student, Jeungeun "May" Seo, who won the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Team (EDIT) Button Contest!

4. New MCH Trainee Blog Post

This series features three University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) MCH trainees who completed their summer applied practice experiences (APEx) in the summer of 2019. The posts are shared and written by Madison Levecke, an Irving Harris Scholar and a UIC MPH candidate in MCH-Epidemiology.

-Read here

5. SPH Year in Review

In 2019, the U of M School of Public Health (SPH) turned 75 years old, held its first Healthy Futures Summit, and honored numerous faculty, staff and students for their amazing work. In the SPH Year in Review, MCH staff and faculty were recognized including Dr. Ruby Nguyen, Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey, Dr. Jamie Stang and Sara Benning!

-Read more

6. Center Faculty Member and MCH Alumna Rebecca Shlafer Featured in Johns Hopkins Magazine Article "The Invisible Women"

"Shlafer...points out that "if I had a question about policing I would go to my criminology colleagues here and they're the experts on policing," she says. "But when you're talking about maternal and child health in the context of incarceration, who is the expert? I think part of the reason we have such a gnarly problem right now is that no singular discipline has claimed it."

-Read this article


7. Spring 2020 ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

Staff of the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) are pleased to announce the ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series for Spring 2020. The series includes sessions focused on intercultural competency and skills development as well as “Culture In-Depth” sessions discussing the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on campus. Registration is now open!

-Learn more


8. 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

Sunday, January 19, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST

Ted Mann Concert Hall

A not to be missed multi-disciplinary celebration intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with musical performances. The program, curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence, will feature Freddie Bell and Chantel Sings of The Morning Show on KMOJ Radio, Hollywood Studio of Dance (Diane Elliott-Robinson, founder), the University of Minnesota Gospel Choir (Adrian Davis, director), a chamber orchestra of U of M students, and more.

-Learn more

9. MPHA Policy Forum: Is There Justice for the Air we Breathe?

Friday, January 17th, 2019 | 8:00 - 9:30 am CST

New Brighton Community Center

In the MPHA "Public Health Matters" Policy Forum, panelists and forum participants will explore issues related to concerns about air and air quality. Who bears the greatest burden for Minnesotans’ treatment of the air we breathe? Co-sponsored by the Center for MCH.

Free registration available for two MCH students. Email with interest.

-Learn more

Competency Corner

10. MCH Competency #5: Communication

Every month we’ll send you information on MCH Navigator training organized around the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. Each competency sits within one of three larger foci areas: self, others, and the community. This month we will focus on Competency #5: Communication.

Skillful communication is the ability to convey information to and receive information from others effectively. It includes essential components of attentive listening and clarity in writing or speaking for a variety of audiences.

-Learn more about communication

Career & Professional Development Pro-Tip

11. Four Steps to Improving Your Communication Skills

SPH Career Intern Bobbie Morelli and the SPH Careers team collaborated on a piece to help MCH students develop skills related to the MCH professional competencies. Read the article to learn more about the four tips for improving your communication skills.

  1. Listen Intently
  2. Engagement Responses
  3. Tell Stories
  4. Practice

-To read the detailed tips


12. SOAR for Native Communities

SOAR for Native Communities is an online module that helps individuals serving indigenous populations better understand human trafficking and its impact on Native communities. The training includes resources relevant to indigenous population. The module supports professionals in building trauma-informed and culturally responsive interventions to human trafficking in American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

-To register

13. University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium Newsletter

This newsletter highlights the projected federal spending on child programs during 2020, along with webinar recordings, job postings, and training opportunities that may be of interest to many MCH students.

-To read

14. Winter Break RecWell Hours

The University Recreation and Wellness Center is still open for student use over winter break!

Monday - Friday: 5:45 AM - 8:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

RecWell will be closed on January 1st and 20th

15. Nutritious U Food Pantry

The Nutritious U Food Pantry provides fresh and healthy food to students that struggle to get enough to eat. The Nutritious U Food Pantry is located in Coffman Memorial Union, room 210. It will be open from 12:00-6:00 PM on the following dates:

  • January 28th
  • January 29th
  • January 30th

-To learn more about the food pantry

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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