MCH Student eNewsletter
1. Send Your Message of Support and Congratulations to the MCH Graduating Class!
2. Student Spotlight: How Has Aleksey Mason-Bradach Addressed Racial and Ethnic Inequities for Mothers and Examined Parental Knowledge of Vision Health in Minnesota?
MCH student Aleksey Mason-Bradach had two deployments during her time in the MCH program: one for the Minnesota Department of Health and one for the MN Vision Health Task Force. She focused on improving health inequities for mothers and improving vision health accessibility in the community.
3. Congrats to Delaine Anderson and Emily Reimer!
MCH students Emily Reimer and Delaine Anderson were accepted to present at the MCHB-funded Making Lifelong Connections meeting. Emily’s presentation is on “Implicit Bias and Maternal Outcomes: The Evidence Available for Implicit Bias Training and U.S. Policies that Require Implicit Bias Training.” Delaine’s presentation is “Income Disparities Affect Racial/Ethnic Minority Families in Minnesota.” Congratulations, Emily and Delaine!
4. Last Call: Get Your Name Added to the Women’s Health Report Card List
Thank you to the MCH students who spent time reviewing, updating data, and making recommendations for our upcoming 2020 Report Card. If you were in the PubH 6630 Foundations of MCH course in Fall 2019 or Fall 2020, 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.
5. National MCH Trainee Blog: Competency 8 - Family-Professional Relationships
This month’s blog post features Aida Ramon, MPH, and her focus on family-professional relationships in the area of sexual health. Aida researched sexual health practices and policies throughout the US and in her home state of Florida, in order to understand how families can communicate about sexual health. Her goal is to train and empower parents to provide age-appropriate sexual health education at home and empower their children to make healthy choices. 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.
6. May’s MCH Student eNews will be the Last One for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
If there are any announcements, events or other information that you’d like shared with fellow MCH students, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 23. If time permits, we’ll send out a mid-summer newsletter. Newsletters will otherwise resume in September 2021. Visit eNews archives here.
7. Did you Know that MCH Graduates’ Abstracts are Archived on our Website?
8. Learning Lab Series: Advocacy Through Storytelling
Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 11:30 AM CST
Join the MCH-LET Mini-Lab in the final event of the Learning Lab Series this year! This event will feature Carol Dreibelbis, a U.S. policy and research analyst, who will help students and professionals to learn about advocacy through storytelling.
9. Health Disparities Roundtable: Disparities in COVID-19 - Social Justice, Policy and Ethical Considerations in Vaccinating the U.S. Population
Friday, April 16, 2021 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM CST
The UMN Health Equity Work Group will host Dr. Rachel Hardeman, Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones and Dr. Michael Osterholm for the 2021 Health Disparities Roundtable. This year's roundtable will feature a discussion, moderated by Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey, on COVID-19 policy considerations and vaccination strategies through a lens of social justice and structural racism. CE credits are available. Learn more or register directly.
10. MPHA “Public Health Matters” Policy Forum: Environmental Health: Is There Justice For All?
Friday, May 7, 2021 | 7:45 - 9:30 AM CST
The final forum of this series will examine the public health response to environmental health. Participants will ponder together the question, “What can we do better?”
MCH in the News
11. Students of SPH: Hadija Steen Mills
Hadija Steen Mills is a MCH student interested in increasing equity in public health resources and education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mills worked to set up a community-focused COVID-19 testing site here in the Twin Cities.
12. Rachel Hardeman Featured in New York Times Article
Associate Professor Dr. Rachel Hardeman was featured in the New York Times article: “Why Black Women are Rejecting Hospitals in Search of Better Births.” This article highlights the reasons why some mothers are seeking alternative options for birthing in order to experience better birthing outcomes. Dr. Hardeman states, “There’s more of a need for people to be able to cultivate a space that feels good and feels safe for them. There are fewer opportunities to see that happen in a more traditional health care setting, and that’s problematic.”
13. Rachel Hardeman Featured in Star Tribune Article
MCH Competency Corner
14. MCH Competency #8: Family-Professional Partnerships
Family-professional partnerships at all levels of the system of care ensure the health and wellbeing of children, including those with special health care needs, and their families through respectful family-professional collaboration and shared decision making.
15. Virtual Internship with Batey Alliance
Batey Relief Alliance, an agency serving rural communities known as bateyes in the Dominican Republic, is looking for two students to assist with a formative and process evaluation of a MCH and Women Empowerment Program. Applicants must be Spanish-speaking and fully bilingual, have basic knowledge of survey design and implementation, have knowledge of program evaluation, and implement surveys via online platforms. Please submit your resume and a brief email to Zobeida Bonilla expressing your interest, email@example.com
16. Project Director: Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Programs for Women in Prison Study
In collaboration with Assistant Professor Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, this position will direct a 5-year, NICHD-funded, multi-site study of prison-based pregnancy programs. The candidate will have excellent skills in project management, qualitative data collection, written communication skills, health equity, and MCH.
17. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Internships
CCPH is looking to provide internship opportunities for exceptional students to gain wealthy experience through their efforts to advance work in health disparities and social justice. CCPH is seeking to immediately fill several low to no-pay internship positions. Due to COVID-19, all positions are currently remote. If you are interested in being considered for one of their internship positions please complete the CCPH Consultancy Network Survey. All interested individuals must be current students.
18. Community Health Initiative (CHI) Intern
MN Doctors for Health Equity is recruiting a Community Health Initiative (CHI) Intern. Interested interns must be a full-time UMN SPH, School of Social Work, School of Medicine or Nursing student. Students may use these internships to fulfill field and applied learning experience degree requirements. Any interested applicants can email firstname.lastname@example.org to assist with the matching process.
19. Research Day Lighting Round Presentation: Beyond Race–The Salience of Skin Tone for Black Pregnant Women and their Risk of Preterm Birth
20. Addressing Racism to Create Healthy Environments for All of Our Children
Monday, April 19, 2021 | 8:25 - 10:00 AM CST
As part of the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference, this presentation will explore research on the adverse effects of racism on children and persistent racial/ethnic inequities that impact child well-being, including both mental and physical health. Presented by David Williams, PhD, MPH, MA from Harvard University.
21. Lavender Graduation Celebration: Calling all Future Graduates
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM CST
Be recognized for your hard work at this year's virtual Lavender Celebration, the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) for Queer and Trans Life annual celebration of all LGBTQIA+ graduates at the UMN-Twin Cities. The GSC also honors outstanding community members through their three awards. Submit your application by April 23, 2021 and check Facebook for more details on the celebration.
22. Educating Ourselves on Anti-Asian Racism
Recent acts of terrorism in America have underscored the importance of addressing racism again Asian and Asian-American populations. Consider reading some of these articles and becoming an active member of the community working to fight against Asian-American racism in all forms.
24. Free and Confidential UMN Services for Sexual and Relationship Violence Survivors
The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education is a free and confidential space for students who are victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment. The Aurora Center provides support groups, problem-solving options, reporting help, men’s engagement, and prevention engagement among other resources.
26. National Minority Health Month
27. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
28. Autism Acceptance Month
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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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