MCH Student eNewsletter

December 2019

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Center Announcements

1. Student Spotlight Series: Mai Vue and Morgan Collins!

Our MCH students Mai Vue and Morgan Collins participated in an internship with the Star Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization that commits itself to reducing pregnancy loss and neonatal death and improving care for families who experience such tragedies.

-Learn about Mai and Morgan's experience

2. Fall Alumni Panel Video!

Didn't get the chance to attend our Fall Alumni Panel? The complete video is now up on our youtube channel for students and alumni to watch. Learn about these alum's journey from the MCH Program to their careers, hear career and professional advice, and enjoy this informational panel.

-To watch the panel

3. New MCH Trainee Blog Post!

The newest MCH Trainee blog post focuses on MCH Competency #10: Interdisciplinary/Inter-professional Team Building. Learn about how multiple MCH students created a Human-Centered Design Workshop that focused on the preconceptions of health and how they are useful for people.

-To read this blog post

4. Explore the Title V Federal-State Partnership

As one of the largest Federal block-grant programs, Title V is a key source of support for promoting and improving the health of the Nation’s mothers and children. Explore national performance measures by state and learn about funding and state Title V data.

-Learn about Minnesota's federal-state partnership

5. Congratulations to PhD student J'Mag Karbeah!

Former MCH student and current PhD student, J'Mag Karbeah, was honored as a 2019 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) awardee. J'Mag currently works on projects focusing on birth equity and the impacts of structural racism on maternal stress.

6. EpiCH Seminar: Jaime Slaughter-Acey

Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CST

364 WBOB

Assistant professor Jaime Slaughter-Acey will be the guest for the next EpiCH Seminar. Her presentation will focus on her research on the influence of skin color on pre-pregnancy body mass index among African American women.


7. Looking for Distance Learners to Offer Input in New MCH Buddy System!

The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health, along with the Maternal and Child Health MPH Program, is looking to implement a MCH buddy system! Second year students will be paired with first year students, serving as a buddy and a guide through the student's first year in our program. We are currently seeking feedback from distance learners to help us understand how to tailor this program to both on-campus and off-campus students. If interested in offering your valuable insights, please email by December 11th.

8. Working Effectively with Medical Interpreters eLearning

The Family Planning National Training Center has a 30 minute e-learning course that provides guidance for how to work with medical interpreters while providing family planning services in order to ensure effective communication with all families and clients.

-To take the course

9. MCH Trainee Ambassador Group Virtual Article Club

The HRSA TAG is launching a Facebook-based monthly Article Club to engage current and former MCH trainees in active discussion about a variety of MCH topics. Articles will be sourced from non-academic literature and topics will be chosen based on thought-provoking and cross-cutting nature. Discussions will take place in the MCH in Action Facebook group.

-To join the group


10. Implicit Bias Webinar

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm CST

Participants will learn key definitions, examine data showing the implications of implicit bias in public health, and discuss some strategies to prevent it.

-To register for the webinar

11. SPH 75th Anniversary Gala

Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 5:00 - 8:30 pm CST

McNamara Alumni Center

The 75th Anniversary Gala will celebrate the SPH’s rich history and how it has transformed health for 75 years. The Gala welcomes all faculty, staff, students, community partners, and friends.

- To register for the Gala

12. Donuts and Coffee in the SPHere

Monday, December 9th, 2019 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm CST

Tuesday December 10th, 2019 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm CST

Wednesday December 11th, 2019 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm CST

SPHere Lounge

Stop in the SPHere for some delicious donuts and coffee to keep your energy up and running during finals preparation. Sponsored by the SPH Student Senate.

13. Professional Savviness Series

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 | 12:05 - 1:00 pm CST

Moos Tower, 2-580

Would you like to be better at networking? Do you have free time over winter break to get a jump start on your career? Your Student Senate has partnered with the Career Services office to offer a series of professional development talks. Next up in the series is ‘How to Network Over Winter Break’!

-To register

Competency Corner

14. Critical Thinking

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 #4: Critical Thinking.

Critical Thinking is the ability to identify and issue or problem, frame it as a specific question, consider it from multiple perspectives, evaluate relevant information, and develop a reasoned resolution.

-Learn more about critical thinking

Career & Professional Development Pro-Tip

15. How to Strengthen Your Critical Thinking Skills

Career intern Bobbie Morelli and the Careers team collaborated on a piece to help MCH students develop skills related to the MCH professional competencies. Read the article to learn four tips for strengthening your critical thinking skills.

  1. Identify the problem
  2. Gather information
  3. Analyze and evaluate
  4. Conclusion

-To read these tips


16. Health Science Building Security Changes

Starting December 2nd, access to the Health Science Buildings will change. Health Science students are encouraged, but not required, to wear their UCard on them while in the health science buildings. Public entrances and building access hours will change.

-To learn more about the access changes

17. Perspectives on Indigenous Child Welfare in Minnesota Video Series

Interested in learning about Indigenous child welfare? This six part video series features interviews with current and former ICWA workers and supervisors about their experiences supporting indigenous families in child welfare.

-To watch the video series

18. Stress and Resilience

This resource from Harvard University addresses how toxic stress can affect us, and how we can handle and cope with stress. This resource gives information for parents, practitioners and policymakers that may be useful to you in your personal life and career.

-Check out this resource

19. The Aurora Center

The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education is committed to the belief that all people have the right to live free of violence and the fear of violence. They provide a free and confidential space for students, faculty, and staff who are victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment.

-To learn more about the Aurora Center

20. Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC)

Opening in 2020, the new HSEC is a state-of-the-art facility designed to transform health education in Minnesota. As one of the most comprehensive interprofessional education facilities in the country, HSEC will provide a unifying space for health science students and faculty, and promote teamwork across schools.

-To learn more about the HSEC

21. Graduate Minors

Thinking about getting a graduate minor in public health? The SPH minors give students an opportunity to integrate a foundation in public health theories and practice. The SPH offers minors in: American Indian Health and Wellness, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Public Health, Health Equity, Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, and Sexual Health.

-To explore our minors

22. 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 12-6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • December 10th
  • December 11th
  • December 12th

-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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