Healthy Generations eNewsletter
1. Belly of the Beast Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 7:00-8:30 PM CDT
This free, weeklong virtual screening of the documentary Belly of the Beast culminates in a panel discussion on reproductive injustices and human rights violations within the carceral system. Panelists include film participant, lawyer, and advocate Cynthia Chandler; family trauma professional, doula, and peer, parenting, and re-entry support professional, Autumn Mason; and former attending physician at the Cook County Jail (IL), Liz Feldman.
Sponsored by the UMN-Twin Cities Just Education Collaborative, the Center, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Center of Excellence in MCH, and the UMTC and UIC Maternal and Child Health Student Interest Groups.
The screening for the full documentary will be available to registrants from September 30-October 7. The panel is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5 from 7:00-8:30 PM CDT.
2. We have a new web URL
Please update your bookmarks with this page: https://mch.umn.edu/
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3. Student Corner
MCH Student Delanie Anderson Featured in "Students of Public Health"
Delaine is committed to supporting and empowering rural pregnant people to provide better birth outcomes.
Student Spotlight Feature: How Did Alyssa Scott’ Deployment Help Address Minnesota’s Title V Key Priority Areas
#UMNMCH student Alyssa Scott (MPH 2021) wrote this reflection on how her field experience and deployment with the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Title V Block Grant team have contributed to her experience in the MCH Program.
National MCH Trainee Blog: Highlighting the Communication Competency
The Center co-hosts a national MCH Trainee Blog with the MCH Catalyst Program at Albany.
This month's student blog post features Elikem Togo, who recently graduated from Drexel University, which houses the MCHB-funded MCH Public Health Catalyst program. Elikem reflects on the importance of developing MCH Communication Competency 5 through her virtual internship for the Title V MCH program with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Communication is the verbal, nonverbal, and written sharing of information. Elikem developed her health communication skills by collaborating with her team on their three main projects, through meetings, emails and phone calls.
Elikem reflected that, “Working from home has reminded me that establishing communication channels early on is imperative to the success of any project, and I carried this practice into my virtual classes in the fall. I look forward to applying the communication skills I learned in the internship to future virtual and in-person opportunities!”
-Read more about Elikem’s experience
4. Center Faculty Publications and News
Bold=Center faculty, staff or student
*=UMN MCH Program Alumni
Howland, M. A., Kotlar, B., Davis, L.; Shlafer, R. J. (2021). Depressive Symptoms among Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Prison. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.
Shlafer, R., Davis, L., Hindt, L., & Pendleton, V.* (2021). The benefits of doula support for women who are pregnant in prison and their newborns. In Children with Incarcerated Mothers (pp. 33-48). Springer, Cham.
Sarah Gollust, Rachel Hardeman, Carrie Henning-Smith, Katy Backes Kozhimannil, Jaime Slaughter-Acey, Kumi Smith, and Rachel Widome (2021, August 11): Implementing vaccine policy that addresses equity should be a University of Minnesota priority (MinnPost — Minneapolis, MN)
Compton, N. (2021, August 24.) “6 trip ideas from health experts for safer travel this fall” Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey speaks with the Washington Post on ways to travel and stay safe during the pandemic.
Eldred, S.M. (2021, August 29). “Crowd Sourcing at the State Fair”. Dr. Ellen Demerath is featured in the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine for her research in partnership with Dr. Logan Spector at the State Fair.
Gelbard, S. (2021, August 30). “Black women at higher risk for preterm births during heat waves than white women”. Dr. Rachel Hardeman and epidemiology researcher Luke Smith speak with MPR news on their research and findings. Listen here for more.
Ermon, B. (2021, September 1). “Minnesota health officials push vaccinations for minors, but parents get the final say”. Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey speaks with KSPT5 News on the push for Covid-19 vaccinations.
Ricker, J. (2021, September 2). “Study of NYC vaccination rates proves validity of new structural racism measurement tool”. Dr. Rachel Hardeman along with other U of M researchers successfully tested a new method for measuring structural racism as a multidimensional determinant of health, the Multidimensional Measure of Structural Racism (MMSR).
Rooker, A. (2021, September 8). “Golden Valley professor looks to bring ‘life’s work’ to larger audience” Dr. Rachel Hardeman shares about her life experience in public health career and personal life
5. Fall Workshop: Mental Health and Infant Feeding
Friday, September 17, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
This event is hosted by the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition and will explore the intersection of maternal mental health and infant feeding through the experiences and perspectives of two local professionals:
-Maria Moua, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
-Joy McAfee, Postpartum Doula and owner of Joy the Village Doula, LLC (Joy is speaking on behalf of Postpartum Support Minnesota.)
There is a $30 registration fee to attend.
6. Insights and Strategies for Reducing Suicide among Older Adults Webinar
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM CDT
This webinar is intended to raise awareness about suicide and highlight strategies to help professionals, consumers, families, and communities understand the role they can play in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide. Speakers will discuss the impact of suicide in later life, the implementation of 9-8-8 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and highlight community-based programs and resources that can help. This webinar is hosted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, and the National Council on Aging.
7. Trauma-informed Yoga for the Child Welfare Professional
September 2021 | Dates and Times Vary
This class will utilize research-based, trauma-informed yoga, and mindfulness practices to address signs of secondary traumatic stress or nervous system dysregulation caused by stress or burnout. This class is taught by Sarah Crisafi, a child welfare professional, who found yoga as a way to understand and relieve her stress response. The first hour will be geared around learning, and the last hour is putting learning into practice (experiential learning through yoga). Participants will also receive tools to take off the mat and into their work. No yoga experience necessary. There are four options to choose from:
September 17 | 10 AM - 12 PM CDT (Floor Yoga with Chair Modifications)
September 20 | 10 AM - 12 PM CDT (Chair Yoga)
September 22 | 1 PM - 3 PM CDT (Floor Yoga with Chair Modifications)
September 30 | 12 PM - 2 PM CDT (Chair Yoga)
Visit the Workforce Development Month web page to learn more about the instructor and other events.
8. WellShare International: Annual Bridge to Health 2021
September 28, 2021 | 8:30 AM CDT
Join this virtual event to hear from public health thought leader Dr. MayKao Hang (Founding Dean of the Morrison Family College of Health at the University of St. Thomas), along with WellShare clients and staff. These voices represent diverse cultures, experiences, and provide unique insight into how to advance health equity.
This is a virtual event and tickets are free with an option to donate.
9. Save the Date: Leading for Equity in MCH–Collaborations between Practice and Research to Enhance the Health of MCH Populations
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM CDT
Our sister center, the UNC Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice, will be hosting a virtual leadership panel via Zoom. The three panel topics are: Enrich Carolinas and EMPower Best Practices, Improving Community Outcomes for MCH and Partnering to Improve Child and Family Well-being.
10. NIH Loan Repayment Programs is Open for Applications
NIH Loan Repayment Programs invites qualified health professionals with doctoral degrees to apply to its 2022 application cycle. Applications are accepted through the online portal between September 1st and November 18th at 7:00 PM CDT.
-View the Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research
-View the Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
11. City of Minneapolis Notice of Funding Availability: 2021 Emergency Solutions Grant Program - Homeless Street Outreach Services
Proposals due: October 8, 2021 by 4 PM CDT
Questions due: September 17, 2021
Applicants should demonstrate how they intend to provide targeted outreach services to people who are experiencing homelessness and sleeping in places not meant for human habitation on the streets of Minneapolis.
View the Notice of Funding Availability: 2021 Emergency Solutions Grant Program - Homeless Street Outreach Services (PDF) on the City of Minneapolis website.
12. Call for Presentations at the 26th Annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference
Submission Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021
The Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health welcomes professionals, parents and caregivers from across Minnesota and beyond to submit proposals supporting the conference goals:
- Improve policies and enhance practices to support the mental health of all children and young adults from prenatal to age 24.
- Build skills and strategies that will improve outcomes for children who need mental health supports.
- Learn about best practices and latest research in children’s mental health and related fields.
- Enrich understanding of different perspectives and common goals in support of all children.
13. Self-guided Course: Social and Emotional Learning and Wellbeing
As youth programs and schools kick off a new year, staff are looking to support the social and emotional needs of young people.
This new online course (free for a limited time) from University of Minnesota Extension provides a guided introduction to a flexible set of practical tools, templates, and activities from this Social and Emotional Learning in Practice toolkit that can be used with staff and youth to increase intentional practices that support social and emotional learning and wellbeing.
Take it further with links to additional resources like Social Emotional Wellbeing: A Guide to Support Youth Thriving, a collection of resources to support and help youth reflect, connect, and thrive while managing the effects of stress and loss. The resources in this guide were designed to be responsive to COVID-19 implications but also relevant to circumstances beyond the pandemic.
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