Healthy Generations eNewsletter

September 2021

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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.

-To Register

-For more info about the event

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2. We have a new web URL

Please update your bookmarks with this page:

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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.

-Learn more about Delaine’s experience

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

-Learn more about the communication competency

4. Center Faculty Publications and News

Bold=Center faculty, staff or student

*=UMN MCH Program Alumni


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.

-To Register

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.

-To Register

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.

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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.

-To Register

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.

-To Register

-View Save the Date with Panelist Info


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.

-To submit a proposal

-To learn more about the event

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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