MCH Student eNewsletter

November 2019

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Center Announcements

1. Student Spotlight Series: Liz Corey!

Our MCH student Liz Corey has a deployment with the Minnesota Department of Health in the Division of Child and Family Health. Learn how Liz's experience with MDH and her mentors has helped her promote health equity!

-Read Liz Corey's student spotlight

2. 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

3. The MN Center for Excellence was Featured Three Times in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Grantee Highlights!

The spotlights include our Qualitative Mini-Lab, the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health program, and the 2018 Women's Health Report Card.

- To see all highlights

4. New MCH Blog Post!

Learn how cultural competency (MCH competency #7) played a role in UW student Miranda Delawala’s MCH journey and her work in Epidemiology!

-Check it out here

5. Join the New MCH Student Group!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 | 4:30 - 6:00 pm CST

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This new student group serves as a campus community for any student who is interested in MCH. The group will organize community service projects, hold monthly meetings for discussions about MCH related content, and will be a great place to bond with your peers.

Please join us at our next meeting, where we will be watching a short documentary and bonding over some yummy treats!

-To join the group


6. Field Experience with Batey Relief Alliance in the Dominican Republic | Summer 2020

Information Session: Friday, November 15th | 1:00 - 2:00 pm CST

WBOB Commons

The MCH program in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health has partnered

with the Batey Relief Alliance in the Dominican Republic, offering MPH students a global

health field experience in Maternal and Child Health with Batey Relief Alliance.

-To learn about Shelby Panttaja's experience in the DR

-To learn about Hannah McNamee's experience in the DR

7. Title V MCH Internship Program

Information Session: Monday, November 11th | 3:00 - 4:00 pm CST

The National MCH Workforce Development Center is hosting the 2020 Title V MCH Internship Program from June to July 2020. Applications will open January 6th and be accepted through February 7th, 2020. At least seven teams of MCH trainees will participate in internships at various state Title V programs during summer 2020.

-To register for the informational webinar


8. Diversity Data Deep Dive: Classroom Climate and Student Success

Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 8:00 am - 3:00 pm CST

Mississippi Room, Coffman Union

Diversity Deep Dive sessions were developed to utilize qualitative and quantitative data in advancing our school's institutional equity and diversity goals. All are welcome and registration is free. This event will also be live-streamed for distance learners - you just have to register!

-To learn more

9. Webinar: Partnering to Serve Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care– Lessons from an Illinois Pilot

Tuesday, November 12 | 2:00 - 3:00pm EST

Pregnant and parenting foster youth are underserved by home visiting programs. This webinar will describe the development and implementation of a home visiting pilot for pregnant and parenting youth in foster care, including findings from the evaluation. It will also include discussion of the implications of the evaluation for child welfare systems, preparing to provide preventive services under the Family First Prevention Services Act, and how other communities can promote collaboration between home visiting and child welfare systems. The webinar is co-hosted by the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium and the Society for Research in Child Development.

-Register here

10. On Being Sane in Insane Places: Discussion and Book Signing with Susannah Cahalan

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm CST

Mayo Memorial Auditorium

Susan Cahalan, best known for her novel "Brain on Fire," will be having a moderated discussion on her newest book, "The Great Pretender," with SPH professor Harry Lando.

-To register

11. Hmong Health Conference

Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 8:00 am - 2:00 pm CST

Wilder Center | 451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul, MN, 55104

The Hmong Health Care Professionals Coalition is hosting another Health Conference in the topic areas of mental health. Topics include: school therapy, marriage and family, psycho-education and self-care.

-To register

12. Health Equity Job Panel

Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 9:00 - 11:30 am CST

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The Health Equity Work Group (HEWG) is hosting a Health Equity Job Panel. Students will have the opportunity to ask panelists about their organizations and their involvement in the community, addressing health inequities in the Twin Cities, and what students can do to prepare for careers in this area. The event is open to all students. A small continental breakfast will be provided prior to the panel, starting at 8:30 am.

-To register

13. 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

Competency Corner

14. Ethics

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 #3: Ethics.

Ethical behavior in our MCH workforce includes conduct associated with generally accepted principles and values, including leadership ethics such as honesty, cultural competency, and responsibility.

-Learn more about ethics

Career & Professional Development Pro-Tip

15. How to Secure Strong References

Career intern Bobbie Morelli has written a brief overview of Forbes’ article “How to Secure Strong References.” The tips include:

  1. Build a strategic list
  2. Keep in touch
  3. Show your appreciation
  4. Set yourself up for future success.

-To read the career tips


16. Mental Health Resources at UMN

Many of you may be starting to think more about your mental health and wellbeing as courses ramp up. You may be feeling stressed out and physically exhausted, which is very common. Please remember your mental health and physical wellbeing is critical at this time. There are free resources available for you, should you need them.

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. Boynton Health Flu Clinics

Vaccination is the best defense against the flu for you and everyone else, too. Do it for the herd!

-To schedule your flu shot

21. 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:

  • November 19th
  • November 20th
  • November 21st

-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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