MCH Student eNewsletter

November 2020

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Center Announcements

1. Student Spotlight: How Did Emily Reimer Adapt to COVID-related Changes and Challenges During her Title V Internship Experience?

MCH student and Center RA, Emily Reimer, completed a Title V Internship through the National MCH Workforce Development Center. Her internship had three main goals: conduct a literature review on implicit bias research related to perinatal outcomes, find existing city, state, and organizational policies on implicit bias training requirements for healthcare professionals, and document MN organizations working towards birth equity, birth workers providing care to special populations, and MN organizations that provide implicit bias training.

-Read Emily’s spotlight here

2. New MCH Student Blog Post: Communication

The latest National MCH Student Blog post features Michelle Slawinski, a Biological Scientist for the Florida Department of Health who earned her MPH at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, which houses a Center of Excellence in MCH. Michelle’s post features MCH competency #5, Communication; she illustrates the importance of communication to address violence against women and its roots in poverty.

-Read Michelle’s blog post

3. MCH Student Abigail Fink and Alumni Liz Corey Featured in MCHB Title V Trainee Highlights

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s recent website update focuses on Title V collaborations, and features two MCH students, Abby Fink and Liz Corey (MPH '20). Both Abby and Liz discuss their work with the Title V team at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and their lessons learned about transparency in data and intersectionality.

-Read the highlights here

4. MCH Student Asha Hassan Featured in Associated Press Article on Tear Gas Use

MCH alumnae Asha Hassan was featured in this AP article that highlights how chemical weapon use impacts human and environmental health.

MCH Events

5. Learning Lab: Introduction to Photovoice with Dr. Fernando Ona

Friday, November 6, 2020 | 1:30 PM CST


Join Dr. Fernando Ona as he introduces MCH students and professionals to Photovoice, a qualitative research method used in community-based participatory research settings.


6. Webinar: Advancing Maternal and Child Health Through Legislation and Policy

Monday, November 9, 2020 | 10:10 AM CST


Amy Haddad, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for the Association of MCH Professionals, will join professor Zobeida Bonilla’s class to discuss using policy and legislation to advance health for mothers, children and families. All MCH students are welcome and encouraged to join. This event is sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Interest Group.

-Zoom information

7. November MCHIG Meeting

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 7:00 PM CST


This month’s Maternal and Child Health Interest Group meeting will focus on discussing the “Advancing Maternal and Child Health Through Legislation and Policy” lecture. Students are not required to have attended the lecture to join in meaningful conversation at this meeting.

MCH in the News

8. Jamie Stang Interviewed in U of MN News Feature: The Wisdom Behind the New Dietary Guidelines

Associate professor Jamie Stang was interviewed to shed light on the new USDA and HHS Dietary Guidelines for Americans, set to come out in December. A new area of interest for the new guidelines is pregnancy and lactation. Jamie states, “This is the first time that the report has included separate guidelines for what to consume during pregnancy and lactation. We looked not just at nutrients, but at how food and dietary habits relate to a large variety of outcomes, such as gestational weight gain, hypertension, gestational diabetes, and postpartum weight retention.”

-To read the full article

9. Congratulations to Rachel Hardeman

Center faculty member Dr. Rachel Hardeman was recently presented with the Courage Award from Planned Parenthood North Central States. The Courage Award honors people or groups of people who boldly advance the values of Planned Parenthood's mission. Congratulations, Dr. Hardeman!

10. 25th Heinz Awards Honor Kozhimannil for Research on Healthcare Inequities and Maternal Mortality Among Women of Color

Professor Katy Kozhimannil’s research is driving policy change to reduce rising maternal mortality rates in rural populations and address structural racism in healthcare. As such, she has received the Heinz Awards Honor in Public Policy.

MCH Competency Corner

11. Competency #3: Ethics

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 #3: Ethics.

Ethical behavior in the MCH workforce includes conduct associated with generally accepted principles and values, including leadership ethics such as honesty, cultural competency, and responsibility.

-Learn more about ethics


12. Title V Internship

Each summer, the National MCH Workforce Development Center supports teams of MCH students to participate in internships in state Title V programs. In early 2021, applications will open up for funded Title V internships. Summer internships are full-time and student interns receive a $4500 stipend for their participation. Please contact Gabriella Masini at with questions.

13. Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Communications Intern

The Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) within USAID’s Bureau for Global Health (GH) seeks an MCHN Communications Intern (Intern) to support internal and external communications for the Office and its four divisions: Maternal and Newborn Health, Child Health and Immunization, Research and Policy, and Nutrition and Environmental Health. The intern will have the opportunity to work alongside USAID’s leading technical experts as well as engage with external partners and stakeholders to promote the Agency’s preventing maternal and child deaths programming and partnerships. MCHN communications are part of a fast-paced and dynamic environment with opportunities to engage with external partners and develop highly visible communications materials.

-Learn more


14. Post-Election Processing Space

Wednesday, November 5, 2020 | 3:30 - 4:30 PM CST


All are welcome to this post-election listening session to process and reflect in a respectful environment. These sessions will be hosted by an SPH student, staff, and faculty member.

-More information

15. Cooking up Culture: Union Hmong Kitchen

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM CST


Chef Yia Vang will lead a cooking lesson that teaches you how to prepare a seasonal noodle and vegetable dish, inspired by his Hmong family and cultural traditions.

-Register here

16. Ending Student Homelessness Conference

Wednesday, November 13, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM CST


Attendees will interrogate the complexities of homelessness among children and youth, and discuss ways that these insights can be used to inform decisions around homelessness solutions. Students may register for the event for free.

-Register and learn more

17. 2020 Overcoming Racism Conference: Taking Back We the People

Thursday and Friday, November 13-14, 2020 | TBD


The Overcoming Racism Conference grew out of the work of ASDIC (Antiracism Dialogue Circles) and Cherokee Park United Church. Conference participants include community activists, educators, government employees, grass roots organizations, and community members who want to learn more about understanding the phrase “We the People” through a racial equity lens and in an anti- racist context. The conference workshops provide a wide range of offerings, appealing to both those who are new to antiracism work and want to get involved and those who have been working on these issues for decades.

-Register and learn more

18. 2020 Wisconsin STI Summit

Wednesday and Thursday, November 18-19, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM CST


This two-day live, virtual event will provide keynotes and breakout sessions covering a range of topics regarding STIs in Wisconsin.

-Register here

19. MN Population Center Research Mixer: Creating and Using Measures of Structural Racism

Monday, November 30, 2020 | 12:15 CST


MN Population Center Research Mixers bring together faculty, research staff, and graduate students from across the University to develop research projects in each of MPC's five primary research areas. These mixers are intended to facilitate the building of new research teams, the development of new research projects, and the discovery of new data.


20. Gender Policy Report: Gender, Race and Place in MN

The Gender Policy Report has a new section titled “Gender, Race and Place in MN” which builds on the Status of Women and Girls in MN report, an ongoing research collaboration between the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy and the Women's Foundation of MN. The first piece–Black Women Candidates Answer the Call for Change–is live now. In it, political scientists Nadia E. Brown and Camille D. Burge explore the promise and perils for Black women on the road to elected office, and the urgency that spurred some women to run in the wake of George Floyd's murder.

21. UMN Digital Access Skill: Alternative Text

Alternative text, or “alt text”, describes images to individuals who cannot see them or who are visually impaired. This skill is an important part of creating inclusive and accessible digital spaces for everyone.

-Learn more about alt text


22. Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

-Learn more

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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