MCH Student eNewsletter

February 2020

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Center Announcements

1. Save the Date! Global MCH Lecture on the Needs of the Haitian Migrant Community in the Dominican Republic

Wednesday, April 1st | 12:00-1:30 PM | Mayo Auditorium

The Maternal and Child Health Interest Group, the Global Health Work Group, and the Center are co-sponsoring a public health lecture with Ulrick Gaillard, founder of the Batey Relief Alliance. He will talk about the Alliance's humanitarian approach to the needs of the Haitian migrant community in the Dominican Republic. Multiple MCH students have had the opportunity to complete experiences through the Alliance.

-Read student spotlights on experiences with Batey Relief Alliance

More event details to come!

2. Maternal and Child Health Interest Group (MCHIG) Event!

Wednesday, February 12th | 4:00-6:00 PM CST

Mayo Memorial Building, Room D325

Come celebrate the start of the spring semester with some pizza and fun games! Learn more about the MCHIG at

3. Student Spotlight

This month’s Student Spotlight features Alexandra Gowdy-Jaehnig, who joined the MN Department of Health's Child and Teen Checkups program to help identify challenges in providing health care to incarcerated youth.

-To read Alexandra’s spotlight

4. Faculty Spotlight Questionnaire

To help you get to know our MCH faculty members and highlight their work, the Center staff will begin interviewing faculty for faculty spotlights. The first spotlight will feature Professor Jaime Slaughter-Acey, whose research focuses on environmental and psychosocial factors contributing to women’s health. What questions do you have for Dr. Slaughter-Acey?

-Fill out this form by February 14

5. New MCH Blog Post

Leslie Massicotte, a Master's in Education in Human Sexuality student at Widener University, shares experiences from her recent trip to the Dominican Republic. She lead a teacher training for her youth reproductive health program called “BodyTalk.” This post specifically addresses MCH Core Competency 9: Developing Others Through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring.

-Check out the post

6. EPICH Seminar Series

All seminars will be held on Fridays in WBOB 364 from 10:00-11:00 AM (unless otherwise noted).

2/14: Kim Anderson, EnHS: Individual-Level Air Pollution Exposures

2/28: Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, EpiCH: TBD

-To view the full schedule


7. Join a Cross-Cultural Discussion Group

ISSS's Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups are an opportunity to meet other UMN students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. During each group's weekly discussion, you will share cross-cultural experiences and reflect on various topics including friendship/relationships, taboos and stereotypes, culture shock, educational systems around the world, and much more. Several groups are forming, and they are open to all UMN students. Applications are due February 7. If you have any questions, please email

-To learn more

8. Health Equity Minor

The Health Equity Minor is open to all graduate students in all areas of study who are interested in understanding root causes of health inequalities and exploring solutions to eliminate health inequalities. The minor is the first of its kind among U.S. universities and has both doctoral and master degree options. It equips students with skills and tools to be effective change agents in an increasingly diverse society and provides students with a competitive employment edge.

-To learn more

9. Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences

Each year, the Consortium provides funding for intramural projects related to the societal implications of problems in health, environment, and the life sciences. They have awarded close to $1.5 million since 2000. Funding for the past few years has been to UMN graduate and professional students. Awards are provided as a stipend for research and writing and funding for research supplies, or funding for a program or colloquia for the upcoming summer and/or academic year.

-To learn more


10. Celebrating Black History Month at the UMN

The Office for Multicultural Student Engagement provides opportunities for all students to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diverse populations. In celebration of Black History Month (February), they've posted many events happening on campus. You can also check out their ongoing programs.

-Follow the Office on Facebook

11. Equity, Autonomy and Substance Use Disorder: Lifecourse Considerations for Pregnant and Parenting People

TODAY, Wednesday, February 5th | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM CST

Hosted by the Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, Boston University School of Public Health and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Title V and other MCH practitioners, pediatric professionals, addiction treatment and prevention specialists, and those interested in racial equity, reproductive justice, and social and family welfare are encouraged to join.

-To register

12. Mental Health Webinar Series

Thursday, February 13th | 12:00-1:30 PM CST

National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine is hosting a Mental Health Webinar Series, co-organized by the Life Course Intervention Research Network and the National Academy of Science’s Forum for Children’s Well-Being, to focus on how mental health disorders develop over the life span. February’s event will focus on Generating a Comprehensive Policy Response to Children’s Changing Mental Health Needs.

-To register

13. Webinar: Best Practices Forensic Interviewing Guidelines–Implications for Questioning Immigrant Children

Tuesday, February 18th | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM CST

In this webinar, key areas of consensus from scientific research on forensic interviewing will be reviewed, with a special focus on applicable recommendations for interviewing immigrant children and adolescents who arrive at U.S. borders.

-To register

14. Documentary Premiere: This Free North

Tuesday, February 18th | 5:00 PM | Northrop

This Free North is a documentary produced by TPT (Twin Cities PBS) and the UMN to celebrate the UMN's 50th Anniversary of the African American Studies program. It explores achievements and obstacles in Black history on the UMN–Twin Cities campus and reflects on the people and events that lead to the creation of the program. This documentary examines the influences Black history has had over the years and still has today, both on campus and within the community. Free, but tickets required. Reception to follow screening.

15. Spring MCH Program Meetings

These meetings are mandatory for students to attend.

2/20/2020 | Weaver-Densford Hall W2-120 (11:45 AM-12:45 PM CST): 1st years–Applied Practice and Fall Registration

3/25/2020 | Weaver-Densford Hall W2-120 (12:00-1:00 PM CST): 2nd years–ILE and Degree Clearance

16. Presentation Day

Friday, February 21st | 9:30 AM-11:15 AM CST

WBOB 142

Support your fellow MCH peers as they present their Integrated Learning Experiences!

Competency Corner

17. MCH Competency #6: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Every month we’ll send you information on MCH Navigator training organized around the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. Each competency sits within one of three larger foci areas: self, others, and the community. This month we will focus on Competency #6: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Negotiation is a cooperative process in which participants try to find a solution that meets the interests of all parties involved. Conflict Resolution is the process of resolving or managing a dispute by sharing each party's point of view and adequately addressing their interests so they are satisfied with the outcome.

-Learn more about Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Career & Professional Development Pro-Tip

18. Four Value-Based Conflict Negotiation Strategies

SPH Career Intern Bobbie Morelli and the SPH Careers team collaborated on a piece to help MCH students develop skills related to the MCH professional competencies. This month focuses on four value-based conflict negotiation strategies:

  1. Do not mix interests and values while negotiating
  2. Engage in relationship-building dialogue
  3. Appeal to shared values
  4. Confront value differences

-To read the detailed tips


19. PAWS: Pet Away Worry and Stress

PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress) sessions feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, bunnies, cats, chickens and other therapy animals. Sessions are FREE and open to the University of Minnesota community.

RecWell: Mondays, 12:00-2:00 PM

Boynton Health: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 PM

20. Nutritious U Food Pantry

The Nutritious U Food Pantry provides fresh and healthy food to students that struggle to get enough to eat. The Nutritious U Food Pantry is located in Coffman Memorial Union, room 210. It will be open from 12:00-6:00 PM on the following dates:

  • February 25th
  • February 26th
  • February 27th

-To learn more about the food pantry

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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