MCH Student eNewsletter

March 2021

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Center Announcements

1. Did You Help with the MN Women’s Health Report Card? Let Us Know!

Thank you to the MCH students who spent time reviewing, updating data, and making recommendations for our upcoming 2020 Report Card. We’re working on the new design and corresponding webpage (anticipated May 2021) but, in the meantime, we want to collect the names of the students who contributed to the new version. If you were in Dr. Bonilla’s PubH 6630 in Fall 2019 or Fall 2020 course and worked on updating these data, please provide us your consent to add your name to our webpage so that we can acknowledge your efforts. Submit your information by Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

2. Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity

To combat racism and enact lasting change, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota donated $5 million to the UMN School of Public Health (SPH) to establish the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity. Associate Professor Dr. Rachel Hardeman created the vision for the center and will serve as its founding director. Congratulations, Dr. Hardeman!

-Watch the introductory video

3. Alumni Spotlight: Renee Kraus

Renee Kraus ('19), an alumni of our MCH Program, highlights her work implementing doula benefits into New Jersey Medicaid legislation.

-Read here

4. New Social Ecological Model for Mental Health and Well-Being

The Center is proud to present a new socio-ecological model on mental health and well-being (PDF). This visual illustration reflects what is known from the research about the individual, family, organization, community, societal, and other factors that positively or negatively influence individual mental health and well-being.This socio-ecological model was created through a partnership between the Center, UMN Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC), UMN Office of Human Resources, and the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Child and Family Health Division.

5. National MCH Trainee Blog: Competency 11–Working with Communities

The latest National MCH Student Blog post is by UMN MCH student Delilah Robb from the UMN Center of Excellence (CoE). Delilah’s post focuses on MCH Competency 11, Working with Communities. The National Blog is co-hosted by the UMN's Center for MCH, and highlights the research and work of trainees affiliated with sister training programs affiliated with the HRSA-funded CoEs or Catalyst programs.

MCH Events

6. MPHA Policy Forum Series | Environmental Health: Is There Justice For All?

Friday, March 5, 2021 | 7:45 - 9:30 AM CST


The Minnesota Public Health Association invites you to join in an engaging discussion about environmental health for our vulnerable populations. The featured panelist is Sharon Day, Executive Director of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force. Co-sponsored by the Center for MCH.

-Register here

7. Learning Lab Series: Introduction to Online Focus Groups

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 11:30 AM CST


Join the MCH-LET Mini-Lab and focus group expert Dr. J. Michael Wilkerson to learn about the qualitative research technique of online focus groups! Co-sponsored by the Center for MCH.

-RSVP here

8. MCH Alumni Job Panel

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM CST


The Maternal and Child Health Interest Group is excited to invite you to the spring MCH Alumni Job Panel! The 90 minute Zoom webinar will feature MCH alumni Sierra Hill, Mi Lee, Abhismitha Ramesh, and Kaying Vang-Lor, who will speak about their experiences post-graduation along with a Q&A. Please click this link to join the webinar (passcode: N2SaDu) or join by telephone: 651-372-8299 (webinar ID: 960 8042 1511 | passcode: 725441). More details to come. Co-sponsored by the Center for MCH.

The MCHIG has also created a Slack space to connect and share events/resources informally. Please consider joining!

9. 2021 Health Disparities Roundtable–Disparities in COVID-19: Social Justice, Policy, and Ethical Considerations in Vaccinating the US Population

Friday, April 16, 2021 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM CST


The Health Equity Work Group is pleased to host Dr. Rachel Hardeman, Dr. Michael Osterholm and Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones for the 2021 Health Disparities Roundtable. They will discuss social justice, policy and ethical considerations in the context of COVID-19. This event is co-hosted by the Center.

–To register

MCH in the News

10. Culture in Medicine

Associate Professor Dr. Zobeida Bonilla gave a talk with three other speakers on Minority Populations in Minneapolis on February 17, 2021 as part of the UMN's Gold Humanism Honor Society Culture in Medicine Seminar Series. She discusses Latina MCH, specifically around birth outcomes.

-View the recording

11. Jaime Slaughter-Acey Weighs in on Spring Break Travel

Thinking of traveling this spring break? This Washington Post article addresses the advice and recommendations for traveling from the CDC and Center faculty member Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey. “If you just absolutely feel that you need to travel for a vacation, try to pick a vacation spot ... where the activities require less interaction with other people,” Slaughter-Acey says.

MCH Competency Corner

12. MCH Competency 7: Cultural Competency

Cultural competency skills focus on understanding and responding to diverse needs, assessing organizational cultural diversity and competence, assessing effects of policies and programs on different populations, and taking action to support a diverse public health workforce.

–For more info on the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies

–Practice using the Competencies with the MCH Navigator


13. MCHB Graduate Student Epi Program

The Graduate Student EPI Program (GSEP), funded by MCHB, is now accepting applicants interested in enhancing their analytic and epidemiologic skills for their paid summer 2021 program.

-Learn more

14. Job Opening: CEARCH Assistant Director (Research Project Specialist 3)

The UMN - Twin Cities is seeking an Assistant Director (Research Project Specialist 3) in the Office of Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) within the Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The CTSI at the UMN, established in 2011, exists to accelerate discoveries toward better health by improving the way clinical and translational research is conducted.

-Learn more and apply

15. 2021 Public Health Institute

The Summer Public Health Institute offers courses for students and practicing professionals in public health and related fields. Participants can build or expand their professional expertise, learn best practices, broaden career options, network with other professionals, or explore a new area of interest.

-For more information

16. Research Day

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM CST


School of Public Health Research Day is an annual event that provides our faculty and students an opportunity to showcase their research activities, integrative learning projects, or applied practice experiences with the University community.

-Apply here


17. First Fridays Coffee Break

Friday, March 5, 2021 | 4:00 - 4:30 PM CST


Take a coffee break with the Community Indicators Consortium on the first Friday of each month as they feature the latest research projects, data tools, and developments in the practice and effective use of community indicators to improve health and well-being.

-Register here

18. UMN Center for Resuscitation Medicine: Learn CPR in 30 Minutes

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 12:00 PM CST


The UMN Center For Resuscitation Medicine is hosting a virtual lesson on CPR with COVID-19 concerns, skills review, and AED demonstration.

-Register here

19. Celebrating the UMN 2020 Community-Engaged Scholars: Featuring Dr. Ruby Nguyen

Monday, March 15, 2021 | 12:00 PM CST


Spend a virtual lunch hour in celebration with the recipients of the 2020 Community-Engaged Scholar Awards and learn firsthand about groundbreaking UMN scholarship that has advanced the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and the environment throughout Minnesota and beyond.

-For more info and to register

20. Virtual Gathering: Groundbreakers–Featuring Three Visionary Women​

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 7:00 PM CST


Hosted by the West Central Initiative, speakers include storyteller Kevin Kling, explorer Ann Bancroft, singer/songwriter Ann Reed, and advocate/environmentalist Winona LaDuke. Check-in starts at 6:30 PM CST.

-For more info


21. Webpage: Avenues to Black History by the UMN Libraries

The UMN Libraries want to help you investigate Black history every month, not just in February. This resource discusses how we can explore primary source materials and special collections available through the libraries to learn more about African American history.

-Check it out here

22. Recording: Advocacy in Public Health–Closing Inequities for Latine/x Community through Policy and Research

On February 12, 2021 Associate Professor Dr. Zobeida Bonilla facilitated a discussion with Rosa Tock (Executive Director, MN Council on Latino Affairs) and Rodolfo Gutierrez (Executive Director, Hispanic Advocacy through Community Empowerment and Research).

–Watch the recording

23. Tips: Women’s Heart Health

Heart disease and stroke are important health issues for all women. Heart disease is the number one killer of American women, and stroke is fourth. Take control of your heart health by learning heart-healthy eating behaviors!

24. UMN Service: The Student Parent HELP Center

Did you know that the HELP Center has a full time dedicated Graduate Student Parent Counselor ( to serve the needs of graduate and professional students? The HELP Center website and staff can help navigate child care, family housing, lactation resources, food resources, and more.


25. National Nutrition Month

During March, we’re celebrating National Nutrition Month®, which is an annual nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy. It focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month® is Personalize Your Plate, which supports the philosophy that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! Sign up for free nutrition check ups with SNAC at Boynton Health to receive practical, accurate information to help you eat healthy—even on a budget!

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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