MCH Student eNewsletter
A Message from Program Chair, Dr. Ellen Demerath
The mission of Maternal and Child public health is to use our research skills to develop and deploy evidence-based programs to protect and promote the optimal health of women, children, youth, families, and vulnerable communities.
However, we cannot fully achieve this goal unless we acknowledge that racism is a public health crisis and that it directly impacts the health outcomes of our communities and the families and
individuals we serve. The physical and mental health of the Black community, other communities of color, and indigenous peoples today, and the disparities we observe here, are the product of the intergenerational and chronic stress caused by individual and systemic racism.
Given the recent events and collective reckoning around the killing of George Floyd and others, we in Minnesota are reminded of how urgent this issue is. As graduates of the University of Minnesota Maternal and Child Health program, we know you will be actively working to use your learning to dismantle racism and bring about real change.
Be bold, brave, and courageous as you go out to lead in this work,
wherever that work may take you.
--Ellen W. Demerath, PhD
Program Chair, MCH MPH Program
1. Extended Deadline: Send Your VideoHug and Congratulations to the MCH Graduating Class
2. 2020 MN Women’s Health Report Card (MN-WHRC): A Snapshot of Minnesotan Women’s Health
The Report Card has been updated with new data about COVID-19, LGBTQ health, demographics and more thanks to the efforts of many, including MCH students!
There are many local and national data sources that can be accessed to learn about the status of women’s health in MN. However, there is no one source that provides Minnesotans with a comprehensive review of the specific indicators of and barriers to women’s health. In order to paint a broad picture of how Minnesota’s women are faring, we have worked with the MN Department of Health (MDH) to comb through the latest data and compile the 2020 MN-WHRC, which provides citizens, public health professionals, policymakers and others with a short, visual synopsis that highlights key areas of women’s health.
3. Thank You MCH Students!
These MCH students received Center funds to support state agencies, local public health units, community organizations, schools and the Center in 2020-2021, an unprecedented year. Thank you for all that you contribute to improve the health of MCH populations, the public’s health and our university community!
4. Student Spotlight: How is Olivia Sullivan Working to Support Incarcerated Parents and their Families with the Minnesota Department of Health?
5. TA Corner: Dr. Zobeida Bonilla’s Technical Assistance (TA) with Our Bodies, Ourselves–An Enduring Voice on Sexual and Reproductive Health
May is Reproductive Health Awareness Month, which focuses on raising awareness for comprehensive, evidence-based reproductive health education. From May 9-15, 2021 National Women’s Health Week is also celebrated. In this TA Corner, we share Dr. Zobeida Bonilla’s involvement with the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (aka Our Bodies Ourselves), a women’s health organization that started in 1970 as a group of women in the Boston area who published Our Bodies, Ourselves, the classic book on sexual and reproductive health.-Learn more
6. MCH Trainee Blog: Cultural Competency
Osmari Novoa is an MPH Candidate at Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, affiliated with the HRSA-funded MCH Catalyst Program. She reflects on the importance of developing MCH Leadership Competency 7: Cultural Competency in her recent experience with the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade that has prepared her as she begins her Ph.D. in Health Disparities.-Read more about Osmari’s experience
7. Congratulations Delaine Anderson
Delaine is the new Co-Chair of MPHA’s (MN Public Health Association) Membership Committee!
9. Public Health Matters—MPHA Policy Forum Series: "Environmental Health: Is Thereustice for All?"
May 7, 2021 | 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM CST
Join Minnesota’s public health community in this thought‐provoking breakfast conversation. The final forum of this MPHA series will examine the public health response to environmental health. Participants will ponder the question, "What can we do better?" Co-sponsored by the Center.
MCH in the News
10. Racism is Making Us Sick. How Can Equity in Medicine Help Us Heal?
The George Floyd killing caused deep trauma for many people of color in MN. The trial of former officer Derek Chauvin has revealed how witnesses to the event continue to suffer. In this panel discussion, two doctors and a medical researcher–MCH Program alumnae J'Mag Karbeah (MPH ‘17)–talk about how racism affects their patients’ health, and how racism in medicine leads to inadequate medical education and poor care.
11. How is the BCBSA Aiming To Reduce Racial Disparities in Maternal Health by 50% in the Next 5 Years?
Associate Professor Dr. Rachel Hardeman is on the board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) which has recently launched a national strategy to address racial health disparities, starting with maternal health. The BCBSA is aiming to reduce racial disparities in maternal health by 50% in the next 5 years.
MCH Competency Corner
12. MCH Competency #9: Developing Others Through Teaching, Coaching and Mentoring
MCH leaders should be able to demonstrate foundational and advanced skills in teaching, coaching and mentoring others. We design learning environments, help people set and reflect on their goals and influence the professional growth of others.
13. Leadership in Research Workshop: Developing and Managing a Research Team
June 22 & 29 | July 20 & 27 | August 10 & 24, 2021 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM CST
This workshop brings directors and managers of community indicators projects, economic and workforce development research together. Through facilitated discussions, scenario-based group exercises and open peer-to-peer exchanges, participants will hone their skills in strategic planning, team management and development, and budgeting. The course will impart innovative strategies and tools for defusing challenging situations, expanding research networks, and attracting new resources, and communicating effectively with internal and external customers.
Workshop registration includes free registration for the virtual 2021 Community Indicators Consortium Impact Summit (November 1-5, 2021). Proposals are still being accepted for the Impact Summit, so please consider submitting an abstract and sharing your good work at the conference.
14. U of M Summer of EngageMNt Seeks Student Participants
The University's Summer of EngageMNt program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from across the University's five-campus system to apply and develop their leadership skills in response to current and emerging community needs. The initiative is coordinated by the University's Office for Public Engagement, in collaboration with the Center for Community-Engaged Learning. Participating students will select community partners to work on remote service assignments that address a broad range of societal issues. Deadline: Monday, May 17, 2021
15. SERU Survey
Take the SERU survey for a chance to win prizes! The School of Public Health (SPH) uses the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium data often to understand students' academic and advising experiences, career goals and engagement.
16. SPH Commencement
Monday, May 17, 2021 | 5:00 PM CST
More details on how to access this virtual ceremony will be posted here as they become available. SPH welcomes keynote speaker, Loyce Pace, MPH, who is the current director of the Office of Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
17. 2022 Young Scholars Program LOI Webinar: A Review of the Process
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST
This informational webinar will provide an excellent opportunity for interested applicants to learn more about the Letter of Intent (LOI) process for the 2022 Young Scholars Program Call for Proposals. Foundation staff will discuss the Young Scholars Program (YSP) research focus and review the LOI process, including applicant and institutional requirements. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session.
18. 7th African Mental Health Virtual Summit | Beyond COVID-19: Addressing the Past and Future in the Present
Friday, May 21, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM CST
The COVID-19 global pandemic uncovers the deeply entrenched racial inequalities which have been severe among Africans in the Diaspora. The 7th African Mental Health Virtual Summit will feature important presentations that would bridge the gaps between challenges and solutions, provide tools and skills to inform true and collective action needed to find psychological liberation during the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond.
19. Save the Date: MN Rural Health Virtual Conference
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST and
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST
This year’s theme is “Charting the Course for Change” and will include a keynote address from MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm, six interactive workshops, and a policy panel. Hosted by MDH’sOffice of Rural Health and Primary Care, the MN Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Resource Center.
20. Recording: Disparities in COVID-19–Social Justice, Policy and Ethical Considerations in Vaccinating the U.S. Population
Last month the Center co-sponsored the Health Disparities Roundtable, featuring Center faculty. Check out the recorded conversation!
22. Summer Public Health Institute
The Summer Public Health Institute offers courses for students and practicing professionals in public health and related fields. This year, all courses will be offered online from May 17-June 4, 2021.
23. State of Babies Yearbook: 2021
24. Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the U.S. and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. Every May during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and its partners share those histories and the continuing culture thriving in parks and communities today.
25. Mental Health Awareness Month
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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