Healthy Generations eNewsletter

January 2021

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1. Student Spotlight: How did Rachel Uwimbabazi Develop Educational Materials to Improve Birth Outcomes for an OB Program?

Rachel shares her experience working with Face2Face and developing educational materials in this Spotlight. Rachel notes how this experience was her first work within the MCH field and how she valued her professional relationships.

2. MCH Student Blog Post: Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Team Building

Ariana J. Roman, a student from the University of Chicago (UIC) UIC Center of Excellence (COE) in MCH, shares her research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). In this post, she connects her research to the present COVID-19 pandemic.

-To read the full post

3. MCH Student Blog Editor Alexis Chavez Featured in Students of SPH

Our National MCH Student Blog Editor, Alexis Chavez, highlights her interests in public health and her background prior to graduate school.

4. Center Faculty Advised Newly Updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. The guidelines provide science-based recommendations designed to foster healthy dietary patterns for Americans of all ages – from birth through older adults. Importantly, this edition expands the guidance, including recommended healthy dietary patterns for infants and toddlers. The Center’s Dr. Jamie Stang sat on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for American Committee, which advised these guidelines.

The Center is proud to sponsor the following events:

5. UMN Women’s Health Research Conference: Stigma, Racism, and Women’s Health

Tuesday, January 26, 2021┃2:00 - 4:30 PM CST
This half-day event features plenary presentations, panel discussion, and a poster session on women’s health research. It draws interdisciplinary women’s health researchers, health care providers, students, and community public health professionals for a day of virtual learning, networking and research dissemination. Center faculty member Dr. Rachel Hardeman will be a featured panelist.

-To learn more

6. Mini-Lab Event: Introduction to Facilitation Skills

Thursday, February 11, 2021┃11:30 AM CST

Introduction to Facilitation Skills will be presented by Dr. Richard Krueger and Dr. Mary Anne Casey.



7. "I Had to Fight for My VBAC": A Mixed Methods Exploration of Women's Experiences of Pregnancy and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean in the US

This study collected information on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) through an online questionnaire. Results showed a theme of obstacles for individuals who planned on a VBAC. Obstacles included denial of care by providers and state/hospitals policies. Of participants who planned a VBAC, peer support and doula support were common in helping them through the process.

-To access the full article


8. Designing and Conducting Focus Groups

Multiple Dates and Times

This course is an interactive, intensive overview of focus group procedures that can be used in public and non-profit environments. Practical approaches to determining the appropriate use of focus group studies, design options, developing questions, recruiting participants, moderating skills, and analyzing and reporting results are emphasized.
-To learn more and register

9. Promoting Racial Equity Through Racial Healing

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Dr. Ebonyse Mead will discuss internalized racial superiority and racial oppression, along with how past crimes against humanity currently influence our behaviors and attitudes. Strategies will be provided on how to heal from racial trauma and how to use that information when working with families. Hosted by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). There is a registration fee to attend.
-To learn more and register

10. Law, Policy, & Ethics with Breast/Chestfeeding Friendly Environments

Thursday, January 21, 2021 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Speakers include Jessica Lee, JD, of the Center for WorkLife Law and Natasha Frost, JD, from the Mitchell Hamline Public Health Law Center. Bring questions and challenges - they will have breakout sessions to explore issues with other lactation professionals and advocates. There is a registration fee to attend.

-To register

11. Preparing for Replication: Identifying Core Components

February 4, 2021 2:00 - 3:00 PM CST

This Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) webinar will focus on how to identify the core components of a practice to prepare for replication. Core components will be defined, participants will learn how to identify them, and how to use them to determine how to modify/adapt a practice to their context. This webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about core components. For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted on AMCHP’s website.

-To register


12. Policy Report: MN's Native Communities Deserve Investments in Prenatal Care

The author shares the existing disparities in prenatal care that exist for pregnant people within the Native community and what steps can be taken to reduce the disparities. This post is the second in a series that provides deeper context for the findings of the 2020 Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota report.
-To access the report

13. Challenge: P4-Innovations in Pediatric Primary Care to Improve Child Health

MCHB launched the Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) Challenge competition to respond to declining rates of childhood vaccination coverage and well-child visits due to COVID-19. The P4 Challenge will award $1 million in prizes for innovative approaches to increase access to and utilization of well-child visits and/or immunizations services within primary care settings. Submissions will open on January 19, 2021.

-To learn more

14. Call for Manuscripts: The Implications of COVID-19

In 2020, NCFR, its journals, and journals from other organizations began to explore the effects of the global pandemic through family scholarship. The following are still accepting manuscripts:

15. AMCHP Resources: Webinar Recordings and COVID-19 Resources

AMCHP has been developing resources to help address COVID-19, as well as working with federal agency and organizational partners to gather available information/resources, and will be posting and updating them to their website. Access past webinars, including:

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