MCH Student eNewsletter

March 2020

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Center Announcements

1. Student Spotlight: How did Amanda Neubauer’s Experience with the Lactation Advocacy Committee Help Build Her Skills in Advocacy and Policy?

Amanda shares how she worked with stakeholders and policymakers to advocate for policy change regarding lactation spaces and support on campus.

-Read about Amanda's experience

2. Response to the Needs of Mothers and Children in the Dominican Bateyes: A Human Rights Approach

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM CST

Mayo Auditorium | Livestream

This maternal and child public health lecture features Ulrick Gaillard of Batey Relief Alliance in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. An attorney, inspirational author and founder of this humanitarian agency, Ulrick will share his insights and the Alliance's humanitarian approach to the needs of the Haitian migrant community in the Dominican Republic.

Refreshments provided. Cosponsored by the MCH Student Interest Group.

-Download the event flyer

-If you have questions for Ulrick, enter them here!

-Read student spotlights on experiences with Batey Relief Alliance

3. Policy Forum: Environmental Health–Is There Justice for the Water We Use?

Friday, March 20, 2020 | 8:00 - 9:30 AM CST

New Brighton Community Center (New Brighton, MN)

This forum's panelists and participants will address the equal distribution of Minnesota's water resources. Is there equal access to clean water? Where is the greatest impact of water pollution felt?

The Center has two spots available for students to attend for free. Email by March 18.

-For more info

4. Radical Roots: Indigenous Women and Women of Color Student Symposium

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM CST

Carlson School of Management

This one-day, biennial symposium is a space for indigenous women and women of color students to learn from each other, network, and explore leadership, personal, and professional development. The symposium prioritizes and centers the voices and experiences of indigenous women and women of color students.

-For more info

-Register here

5. Centering Black and Indigenous Mamas: The Right to Live and Thrive

Monday, April 13, 2020 | 6:00 - 8:30 PM CST

Penumbra Theater (St. Paul, MN)

This community conversation takes place during Black Maternal Health Week, and centers Black and Indigenous mamas with change-making health professionals, Minnesotan government representatives and community leaders. Attendees will engage in maternal health equity, network, and learn about change happening in the field.

Refreshments provided.

-Download the event flyer

MCH in the News

6. How Might Yoga Counter Excessive Cultural Importance Placed on Body Image?

EpiCH Division Head Dianne Neumark-Sztainer answers this question in The Varsity (University of Toronto) article, "Changing how we see ourselves with yoga."

7. Juul Marketed to Native American Tribes

MCH Program alumna and former Center RA Rae O’Leary had the opportunity to be interviewed in a Time article about the detrimental effects of tobacco marketing on native tribes.

-Read here

8. Tulane Hosts First-Ever Sex Week

The Well for Health Promotion at Tulane University hosted the first annual sex week, a week full of sex appreciation and educational programming to help students become more comfortable talking about sex. Dr. Rachel Hardeman, assistant professor, held a lecture concerning different aspects of sexual wellness.

-To learn about sex week


9. Graduate Assistantship with the Robina Institute

The University of Minnesota Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice has just posted two Graduate Assistant positions. The Graduate Research Assistant will perform quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis for one or more current projects, including projects relating to the imposition of fines and fees for people on probation and parole, reducing the number and types of conditions imposed on people who are serving on probation and parole, and determining the drivers of probation revocations.

To view the position, go the the Find a Student Job, click "Online postings" and click "View all job postings" and filter by graduate students, or enter Job ID 335846 in the search bar.

-To apply

10. 2020 Hawkinson Scholarship Application

The application for the 2020 Hawkinson Fund for Peace and Justice Scholarship is now open! Hawkinson Foundation Scholarships have been awarded each year to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to peace and justice. Undergrad and graduate student scholarships have typically been $1,000-5,000 each.

-More info here


11. Human Rights Initiative Research Symposium

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 2:30 PM CST

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 50B

The Human Rights Initiative is a joint effort of the College of Liberal Arts and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to support interdisciplinary engaged research in the field of human rights. This symposium will showcase a selection of work from past grantees and will include an in-depth discussion of research design, methodology, and implementation.

-To register

12. Annual UMN Spring Powwow

Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM CST

Minneapolis American Indian Center (Minneapolis, MN)

The American Indian Student Cultural Center is hosting its annual spring powwow! Admission is free. Like the Facebook event page for more info.

-Visit event page

13. Health Disparities Round Table: Advancing Health Equity–Public Health Solutions for Climate Change

Friday, April 17, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Coffman Theater

Climate change doesn’t affect everyone equally. We know that some populations and groups will be more adversely affected than others by climate change. The Health Disparities Round Table 2020 examines the effects of climate change on health inequities and identifies ways to build capacity to address this issue.

-To register

Competency Corner

14. MCH Competency #7: Cultural Competency

Every month we will 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 #7: Cultural Competency. Cultural competence is a developmental process that occurs along a continuum and evolves over an extended period. It broadly represents knowledge and skills necessary to communicate and interact effectively with people regardless of differences, helping to ensure that the needs of all people and communities are met in a respectful and responsive way in an effort to decrease health disparities and lead to health equity.

-Learn more about cultural competency

Career & Professional Development Pro-Tip

15. Cultural Competence in Health Care

Written by Bobbie Morelli, Career Services Intern

The American Hospital Association created a packet cultivated for health care professionals. Cultural competency is described as a form of communication that uses skills, values, and principles that work towards understanding respect and empathy for diverse cultures and ethnicities. The packet discusses three steps to become culturally competent:

1. Community Survey: Understand the principles that characterize cultural competence. Examine data and relationships in the organization.

2. Community Engagement: Relate findings to the community to determine what needs to be improved.

3. Staff Education: Create a lasting awareness within the organization.

To learn more, head to the following links:

-Becoming a Culturally Competent Health Care Organization

-Cultural Competency


16. WHO: World Failing to Provide Children with a Healthy Life and a Climate fit for their Future

This report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) finds that the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change, and exploitative marketing practices that push heavily processed fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol, and tobacco at children.

-Read the article

17. Seeing with Fresh Eyes: Our DNA in Action

This comprehensive annual report from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation highlights a year in review of W.K. Kellogg Foundation and includes more than a dozen stories illustrating how grantees are advancing racial equity and racial healing, building trust through community engagement, and demonstrating courageous leadership to widen equitable opportunities for children and their families.

-To read the report

18. Trading Sex and Sexual Exploitation

Trading sex presents many harms to young people. In 2019, the Minnesota Student Survey – a tri-annual census of young people in Minnesota’s schools – included a new question for 9th and 11th graders: "Have you ever traded sex or sexual activity to receive money, food, drugs, alcohol, a place to stay, or anything else?" The results showed at least 5,000 Minnesotan youth have traded sex.

-Read more

19. HRSA MCH Training and Research Alert

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA's) monthly alert from the Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development provides updates on new research programs, assessment tools, reviews and evaluations, and trainings to help develop the best MCH workforce.

-Read more


20. DeStress: Making Time for You

Free time is necessary to satisfy our need for autonomy, and therefore make us feel more fulfilled, but we often underestimate the amount of free time we actually need for our well-being. Want to learn more? Read this article and watch this TED talk about self-care.

21. New LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care Resources

In partnership with the Family Social Science Department, the University of Minnesota has developed a web page that connects foster parents, caregivers, and other adults supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGTBQ) youth in foster care to national and local resources.

-Learn more

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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