Healthy Generations eNewsletter

February 2021

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1. New Mental Health and Well-being Socio-Ecological Model

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.

Visit the webpage for suggestions on how to use the model, read the reference list, learn more about the literature review, and access a text-only version of the model. Because research alone will not capture all of the influencing factors for mental health and well-being, this model will continue to be updated based on new evidence and new application strategies.

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.

2. National MCH Trainee Blog: Competency 9–Developing Others through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring

Leanna Komoroske, from the University at Albany MCH Public Health Catalyst Program, describes her internship at Brightside Up. Leanna led cooking demonstrations and taught children about gardening and fresh produce.

-To read the full post

3. Student Spotlight: How is Carrie Baranowski Helping to Integrate Family Planning Services to Comprehensive Care for Local Health Departments in Milwaukee County, WI?

In this Spotlight, Carrie shares her work applying for a grant that will address health care access, planned pregnancy, and STI prevention for four health departments in Milwaukee county.

4. MCH Student Presents Research on Income Disparities Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Females in MN

First year MCH student Delaine Anderson conducted research on income disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority women in MN, expanding on results from the MN Women’s Health Report Card. Her work received an award for excellence in research from the recent Women’s Health Research conference. Congratulations, Delaine!

-Watch her presentation

The Center is proud to sponsor the following events:

5. Mini-Lab Learning Series: Introduction to Facilitation Skills

Thursday, February 11, 2021┃11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Introduction to Facilitation Skills will be presented by Dr. Richard Krueger and Dr. Mary Anne Casey. This event is co-sponsored by the UMN Leadership Education and Training (LET) Program in MCH Nutrition.


6. Policy Forum: Environmental Health–Is There Justice for All...for Our Vulnerable Populations?

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

This Minnesota Public Health Association's (MPHA) Public Health Matters Policy Forum includes discussions on the distribution and impact of environmental health burdens and resources for the most vulnerable population groups. Panelists and participants will explore the ways in which environmental concerns influence social determinants of health.

-To register and learn more

7. Mini-lab Learning Series: Introduction to Online Focus Groups

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Introduction to Online Focus Groups will be presented by Dr. J. Michael Wilkerson. This event is co-sponsored by the UMN LET Program in MCH Nutrition.



8. Adverse Childhood Experiences are Associated with Miscarriage in Adulthood: The GROWH Study

This retrospective cohort study evaluated the association between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and miscarriages. Individuals with four or more ACEs had 1.9 times the risk of miscarriage at first pregnancy and 1.7 times the risk of miscarriage at any pregnancy.
-To access the full article


9. UMN Health Policy and Management (HPM) Seminar on Navajo Nation MCH Needs Assessment

Friday, February 12, 2021 | 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM CST

Interested in hearing the process and results of an assessment of MCH within the second largest Native American tribe in the US? Attend the free, virtual seminar to learn more. Results show improvement in health, declines in substance abuse, and improvements in immunizations and prenatal uptake of vitamins.

-To register and learn more

10. The Ethics of Care: Dismantling Racism

Friday, February 12, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Dr. Manijeh Daneshpour will share how psychotherapists can play a significant role in discussing racial, cultural, and political issues in the consulting room. This presentation is hosted by the UMN Center for Practice Transformation.

-To register and learn more

11. Mental Well-Being in the Midst of Isolation: How Do We Re-energize?

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST

How do people re-energize themselves as they live and work in isolation? What can they learn from the field of mental well-being that supports their self-care during this pandemic? Explore the answers to these questions, and strategies for how healing can happen through the culture of families, neighborhoods, and communities. This webinar is hosted by UMN Extension and facilitated by Cari Michaels and Chelsea Williams.

-To register

12. Developmental Consequences of Parental Incarceration for Infants and Young Children

Monday, March 8, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

MCH Program alumna, Assistant Professor, and Center faculty member Dr. Rebecca Shlafer (MPH '16) will present her exploration of the developmental consequences of parental incarceration for infants and young children and consider how the incarceration of a parent–and co-occurring ACEs–can compromise healthy social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. The workshop will also address ways to support relationships between incarcerated parents and their infants and young children. This webinar is hosted by the MN Association for Children’s Mental Health.

13. Transgender 101

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Join national speaker, diversity consultant, and author Ellen “Ellie” Krug as she shares what it means to be transgender and offers tips and advice on how to be inclusive toward anyone who identifies as trans or gender nonconforming. The talk will include some brief sharing of Ellie’s personal story and many basics about pronouns, “passing,” and “bathroom” issues. This webinar is hosted by MN ADOPT, which serves adoptive, kinship, and foster families by providing information, resources, education, public awareness, and support in an effort to find stable and permanent homes for Minnesota’s Waiting Children.

-To register and learn more


14. Action Plan: Healthy Women, Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Futures–The US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Action Plan to Improve Maternal Health in America

This Action Plan lays out a vision for improving maternal health that applies a life course approach organized around four goals. Each of the four goals includes multiple objectives and action items to drive progress. The Action Plan also describes the current state of maternal health outcomes in the US, challenges in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, recent efforts to improve maternal health within and beyond the federal government, and it discusses various forums in which HHS leadership sought input from key stakeholders.

15. Video: Seminar on Disrespect and Abuse During Pregnancy Care

Disrespect and abuse during pregnancy care is a public health and human rights problem affecting pregnant and parenting people around the world. Join the Maternal Health Task Force in exploring this issue with Dr. Ana Langer, Professor of the Practice of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dr. Eugene Declercq, Professor of Community Health at Boston University School of Public Health.

-To access the recording

16. Fellowship: MNLEND

Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MNLEND) is a paid 10-month federally funded US Maternal and Child Health Bureau fellowship training that fits around and complements most students' existing graduate work and community trainees' lives. MNLEND offers a biweekly stipend and ongoing interdisciplinary and culturally responsive leadership training, as well as research, clinical, and community-based experiences in autism and related disability communities. It provides additional money for travel/professional development. This year, MNLEND will employ a hybrid model, with both online and in-person synchronous and asynchronous learning. Apply by March 1, 2021.

-To apply

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