MCH Student eNewsletter

July 2021

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We have a new web URL!

Please update your bookmarks with this link:

Message from the Center

Summer moments can cheer up our souls and refresh our minds. But that’s the writer’s bias! I’m Favi (she/her) and summer has always been my favorite time of the year. I’m excited to continue telling you stories of fellow MCHer’s experiences and so much more through the upcoming school year!

This is an abbreviated student eNews, curated for MCH students by MCH students. The regular monthly newsletter will resume in September 2021.

Watch your inboxes this summer for Center announcements, including updates on Center-funded positions and opportunities available only to MCH students! In the meantime, you can reach me at mch @

Center Announcements

1. Attention 2nd+ Year MCHers

We have a large incoming MCH cohort, which means that incoming students need around thirty of you, our 2nd+ year MCH students, to serve as Peers in our MCH Peer Program (this includes those of you who are taking classes online!).

At your suggestion, this year we’re hoping to matching teams of 2nd+ year students with several incoming 1st years.

Please fill out this short, easy (~1 minute) survey by July 30, 2021 to let us know your interest.

- View the flyer

2. Attention Incoming MCHers

The award-winning Maternal and Child Health Interest Group (MCHIG) is looking for two incoming (1st year) MCH students to join the executive board members for the 2021-2022 school year!

Use this application form to apply by August 1, 2021. Questions? Email sphmchig @

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

3. Webinar: Support through Separation-Coping with the Physical and Emotional Separation…for the Birthing Person (Webinar Series Part 1 of 4)

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM CST

Join Autumn Mason, a Peer and Re-entry Support Specialist for justice-impacted mothers, as she discusses her experiences of birth and motherhood while incarcerated. Raelene Baker of the Minnesota Doula Project will share her work facilitating childbirth education and attending births of those incarcerated at Minnesota’s only state prison for women. Moderated by MCH alumni and Center faculty member Dr. Rebecca Shlafer.

Free and open to the public. Please share!

- For more info and to register

4. 2021 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health

Monday, July 26 – Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST

Building on four decades of research, the 2021 Adolescent Health Summer Institute will explore how racial inequity, COVID-19, and mental health concerns are converging to affect young people’s health and healthy development. UMN graduate students may take this for course credit.

- To register

Center Celebrations

5. Congratulations MCHers!

  • Hadija Steen Mills, who received the Division of EpiCH's Lester Breslow Award (Spring 2021)
  • Delaine Anderson, who was mentioned in the 6/29/21 UMN News "New student group explores rural health issues"
  • All our grads: Watch this congratulatory video

6. Center Faculty in in the News

School, Division and Program Announcements

7. 2nd+ Year MCH Students needed for September 2 Student Panel

MCH Program Orientation is taking place on the afternoon of Thursday, September 2, 2021 from approximately 2:45-3:15 pm CST. Epi Student Support Services needs two more 2nd+ year MCH student volunteers to share their experiences with incoming students. Email with your interest!

8. Updated Student Guide for the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health (EpiCH)

Please see the updated guide. Questions? Contact epichstu @

9. Incoming MCHers: Check out the 2021 EpiCH Student Facebook Page

Connect with other incoming students on the 2021 New Student Facebook page!

10. Missed the virtual commencement?

Watch the 2021 School of Public Health Commencement ceremony here.


11. A Global Perspective on the Effect of Poverty on Infant Development

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT

- To register

12. How Police Violence is Linked to Disparities in Maternal and Infant Health– What Can Family Planning Providers Do?

Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

This webinar features Dr. Rachel R. Hardeman, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hardeman will draw on the themes of “Stolen Breaths,” a Perspective piece she co-authored that the New England Journal of Medicine published in July 2020.

- To register

13. 2021 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Virtual Annual Conference

Tuesday, November 2 – Friday, November 5, 2021

- To register




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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