MCH Student eNewsletter

October 2021

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Center Announcements

1. Center Welcomes and Congratulations!

Hearty congratulations to Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey who recently received an NIH/NIA R01 award for Looking Back to Look Forward: Social Environment Across the Life Course, Epigenetics, and Birth Outcomes in Black Families. This award aims to investigate the impact of the maternal social environment across the life course of Black women on the maternal epigenetic profile (methylation and telomere length) of Black women and their perinatal outcomes.

We also hit the ground running with four new wonderful students who are supporting Center activities! Welcome:

  • Briana, who is the new Center’s Student Liaison Research Assistant responsible for communicating with and building community among current, prospective, and former MCH students.
  • Jenna, who is working with Dr. Zobeida Bonilla, students enrolled in the Foundations of MCH Leadership course (PubH 6630), and MDH staff to update the MN Women’s Health Report Card and corresponding website.
  • Erin, who is working with Drs. Jamie Slaughter-Acey and Rachel Hardeman to launch and organize a brand new Reproductive Justice Book and Journal Club.
  • Lauren, who is working with Drs. Jamie Stang and Zobeida Bonilla and a team of nutrition students to organize the Bright Spots Qualitative Mini-Lab.

-Learn about us

2. Student Spotlight: How is Erin Marten working to make reproductive health services more comprehensive, accessible, and equitable in Toledo, Ohio?

#UMNMCH student Erin Marten (she/her) wrote this reflection on how her coursework, internships, and field/applied experiences have contributed to her career in MCH.

3. MCH Trainee Blog Student Feature: Hadija Steen Mills, Competency 12–Policy

Hadija Steen Mills [they/she] is a current Master of Public Health MCH candidate at the University of Minnesota and author of the newest blog post on MCH Leadership Competency 12: Policy. Hadija reflects on her advocacy for a sexual health education reform bill in the state of Minnesota, saying “To be a sex educator and public health professional is to witness the beauty and power of humanity. My work as a sexuality educator and now as a Master of Public Health Student has allowed me to identify a theme of battling the inequities that foster unfair health outcomes.”

MCH Events

4. MCH Leaders Skills Institute: What is MCH?

Thursday, October 7th, 2021 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CDT

During our first Institute workshop, guest speaker Dr. Sharon Milberger will share a new model for approaching the MCH Leadership Competencies. Open only to MCH and MCH nutrition students. Students who are funded by the Center are expected to attend as part of their paid positions. Zoom meeting links and materials have been sent to the MCH and PHN student listservs but if you need it resent, please email Briana at mch @

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

5. Supporting Families Impacted by Maternal Incarceration

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 | 12:00 PM CDT

This is the second of a four-part webinar series organized by the National University Collaborative on the Health of Justice-Involved Women and Children (JIWC). Join Amy Ard, Executive Director of Motherhood Beyond Bars, and Vanessa Garrett, Reentry and Reunification Program Manager, as they discuss ways to provide direct services, education, and emotional support to families caring for infants of incarcerated mothers.

-To register

-Watch a recording of the first webinar, "Support through Separation-Coping with the Physical and Emotional Separation…for the Birthing Person" (7/2021)


6. Justice in Public Health: At the heart — Racial and gender justice in cardiovascular health

Friday, October 8th, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT

In this edition of the Justice in Public Health speaker series, Dr. Baechler, an SPH alumna and practicing cardiologist, will talk about health equity in cardiology.

-To register

7. Hispanic Families’ Experiences of Child Care Closures during COVID-19

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 | 12:00 PM CDT

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in child care across the country. Join the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families for a webinar featuring research by Dr. Kevin Ferreria, Dr. Zach Parolin, and Emma Lee on Latino families’ experiences with child care disruptions and closures before and during the pandemic. Presenters will be joined by Dr. Danielle Crosby, who will serve as a discussant, providing reflections on the panelists’ research and facilitating audience questions and answers.

8. Matt Schroeder on 2020 Census–Growth and Change in the Metro

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CDT

In mid-August, US Census Bureau released local results from the 2020 Census. The data points to robust population growth across the Twin Cities region as well as dramatic increases in diversity with respect to race and Hispanic/Latino origin.

This webinar, hosted by the Twin Cities Research Group, will explore these changes at the local level (cities/townships and small area statistical units like census tracts), in addition to regional patterns of racial segregation, over the past 30 years. It will also offer some tentative findings on the concerns many have expressed about the accuracy of the 2020 Census, including the Census Bureau's new privacy protection technique.

-To register

9. Fall General Meeting: Health Equity Work Group (HEWG)

Thursday, October 14th, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

The HEWG has the pleasure of hosting Dr. Manka Nkimbeng, Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy at the UMN School of Public Health, for its Fall General Meeting. Dr. Nkimbeng's research interests center around understanding the causes of health inequities in minorities and improving health outcomes for older adults.

-To register

10. Mind-Body Tools to Manage Anxiety and Difficult Emotions Virtual | Various Dates

October 27th, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT | November 3rd, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT | November 10th, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

This three-part series of online workshops, hosted by the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, includes mind and body-based exercises to help participants better understand their experiences of situations which create agitation, upset, and a sense that there is something wrong. Topics include: Supportive Practice to Restore Calm, Supportive Practice to Stabilize Mood, and Supportive Practice for Focus. There is a suggested registration fee of $15 per workshop; however, sliding scale fees are available.
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11. Exploring the Intersections of Leadership, Equity, Inclusion, and YOU

Friday, October 8, 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM CDT

The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing and Carlson Executive Education are excited to announce the fourth event in the Leading the Future series! This webinar will focus on the ways in which leadership, equity, and inclusion intersect and require personal reflection. Dr. Abdul Omari, founder of AMO Enterprise, will demonstrate how he has discovered the connections between these topics through personal reflections, mistakes, and breakthrough moments.

-To register

12. 2021 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference

Tuesday, November 2nd - Friday, November 5th, 2021

Virtually attend the premier conference for understanding families through interdisciplinary research, theory, and practice. The theme of the Science of Families: Nurturing Hope, Happiness, and Health will provide recommendations for translational Family Science and innovations in policy and practice.

Registration deadline: Monday, October 11, 2021

-To register

-Learn more about the 2021 NCFR Conference Program Highlights

13. Support through Separation: Helping Parents and their Young Children Through Separation, Loss, and Reunification

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CDT

Dr. Rebecca Shlafer will give a keynote presentation on how to support children’s behaviors and emotions when separations are short-term (e.g., court-ordered visits), as well as when they are more permanent (e.g., termination of parental rights).

-To register

14. Continuing the Conversation–Building Stamina for Justice and Health Equity

Saturday, November 13th, 2021 | 8:45 AM - 12 PM CDT

Join the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP)’s 5th annual Health Professional Student Leadership Conference! The conference theme focuses on using leadership skills to advocate for health equity and racial justice in their careers and daily lives. These are student-driven sessions where all participants are learning from one another.

If you are interested in leading a workshop during the 2021 CHIP Health Professional Student Leadership Conference, complete this form no later than Saturday, October 18th.

-Register by November 1st

15. Center Faculty Publications and News

MCH Competency Corner

16. October MCH Competencies: Self-Reflection, Communication, and Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Each month, we highlight MCH Leadership competencies for our students to learn more about. This month we’re highlighting three:

  • Self-reflection: the “process of assessing the impact of personal values, beliefs, communication styles, cultural influences, and experiences on one’s personal and professional leadership style.”

  • Communication: the “verbal, nonverbal, and written sharing of information.”

  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution: “Negotiation is a cooperative process where participants try to find a solution that meets the legitimate interests of involved parties; it is a discussion intended to produce an agreement. Conflict resolution is the process of resolving or managing a dispute by sharing each party’s points of view and adequately addressing their interests so that they are satisfied with the outcome.”

-Learn more about MCH competencies


17. Call for Presentations at the 26th Annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 15th, 2021

The Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health welcomes professionals, parents, and caregivers from across Minnesota and beyond to submit proposals supporting the conference goals:

+ Improve policies and enhance practices to support the mental health of all children and young adults from prenatal to age 24.

+ Build skills and strategies that will improve outcomes for children who need mental health supports.

+ Learn about best practices and the latest research in children’s mental health and related fields.

+ Enrich understanding of different perspectives and common goals in support of all children.

-To submit a proposal

-To learn more about the event


18. Services: Aurora Center

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education provides a free and confidential space for students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the UMN-TC and Augsburg University who are victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Support groups, volunteer opportunities, and free and confidential services, including a 24-hour helpline (​​612-626-9111), are available to you.

-Learn about Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)

19. Newsletter: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) PRAMS Quarterly Newsletter

Keep up to date with Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) highlights and data spotlights on different topics. Haven’t heard about PRAMS? PRAMS is a surveillance project conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in collaboration with MDH. The PRAMS survey asks new moms about maternal behaviors, attitudes, and experiences before, during, and shortly after their pregnancies. The information they collect helps states investigate emerging issues in the field of reproductive health and plan and review programs and policies aimed at reducing health problems among mothers and babies.

-Subscribe to the PRAMS Quarterly Update

20. Podcast: Perspectives Podcast | Racism as a Public Health Threat

This episode from the Public Health Review focuses on Racism as a Public Health Threat and features Law Professor and Founding Director of the Center on Race, Leadership, and Social Justice at Saint Thomas University, Dr. Artika R. Tyner. She discusses health disparities, the impact of racism, and insights into how to be a leader in creating meaningful change.

21. Listservs: UMN’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) Newsletter

CASCW has lots of resources that public health students (and MPH/MSW students) can benefit from, including newsletters about mindfulness, a robust resource library, Minn-LInK

Datasets (Minnesota Departments of Education, Human Services, and Corrections, and integrations of Department of Health data) and more.

-Sign up for one of CASCW's newsletters

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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