MCH Student eNewsletter

December 2021

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Center Announcements

1. Reproductive Justice Book Club: Session Dates and Times

January 24th, 2022 | February 21st, 2022 | March 21st, 2022 | April 18th, 2022 | May 9th, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT (Virtual)

Save the dates for upcoming Reproductive Justice Book Club sessions and join the Center as we explore the concept of reproductive justice–from inception to action. The first session is on January 24, 2022, at 9:00 AM CDT and will provide an introduction to reproductive justice. Participants will discuss what reproductive justice is, what it means, and who it impacts.

Facilitated by Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey and Dr. Rachel Hardeman, each virtual session will touch on a different aspect of reproductive justice. Lots of supplementary materials and media will be provided for those ready to take a deep dive.

Check the web page, our events calendar, and your email for registration info coming soon!

The Book Club is open to anyone who wants to attend. Contact Erin at with questions.
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2. Student Spotlight: How is Cara Carter Making An Impact On Perinatal Outcome Initiatives in Minnesota?

#UMNMCH student Cara Carter (MPH 2022) wrote this reflection on how her coursework and deployment have bridged her pharmacy career and MCH career in pregnancy hypertension and COVID-19 vaccination work.

3. National MCH Trainee Blog: Melanie Lambert and Michaela Harris on Competency 1 (MCH Knowledge) and Competency 5 (Communication)

Through the Boston University School of Public Health Center of Excellence in MCH, Melanie and Michaela became Practice Fellows in the Health Promotion Advocacy Program (HPAP) at Boston Medical Center (BMC) Pediatric Emergency Department. In this blog post, Melanie and Michaela reflect on their experience with their fellowship and how they obtained MCH knowledge and communication skills that have helped them serve their communities. “One thing we’ve been intentional about (and will continue to be) as future public health professionals and aspiring clinicians is to acknowledge the experiences our patients have faced, while in the same breath, uplifting and praising them for how far they’ve come.”

4. Supporting Families Impacted by Maternal Incarceration Recording

In October, the National University Collaborative on the Health of Justice-Involved Women and Children (JIWC) presented the second of the four-part Support through Separation Series webinar series titled Supporting Families Impacted by Maternal Incarceration. In this discussion, Amy Ard, Executive Director of Motherhood Beyond Bars, and Vanessa Garrett, Reentry and Reunification Program Manager, discuss ways to provide direct services, education, and emotional support to families caring for infants of incarcerated mothers.

-Watch Webinar II

-Watch Webinar I

MCH Events

The Center is proud to co-sponsor the following events:

5. Maternal and Child Health Interest Group December Events:

Sharing Your Research

December 9th, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT

Join the Maternal and Child Health Interest Group (MCHIG) in our final session discussing the best ways and practices to share research as a first year student. This session will be led by Shanda Hunt, the UMN Public Health Librarian. This panel is part of a series called 'Diving Into Research' which aims to empower first year graduate students in gaining confidence to conduct research.


Game Night

December 14th, 2021 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT

Join the Maternal and Child Health Interest Group (MCHIG) in our final social event of the semester. Come play games and celebrate the end of the semester with us!

-Registration coming soon

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6. MCH Skills Leaders Institute: Building Your MCH Epi Skills

Monday, January 10th, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CDT

Save the date for our second workshop “Building your MCH Epidemiology Skills” with Heidi Jonson, MPH, Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist, Injury and Violence Prevention, Minnesota Department of Health. This workshop is mandatory for MCH students who receive Center funding but all MCH students are welcome.

Look for a Zoom link soon! Email with questions.

7. Mini-Lab: Introduction to NVivo

January 13th, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM CDT

The Center's Mini-Lab offerings introduce MCH students and practitioners to qualitative data collection principles and techniques. We're excited to once again offer this popular training on Nvivo software. Presented by Junia N. de Brito from the University of Minnesota's Department of Epidemiology, participants at our January 2022 Mini-Lab training will explore learning the essential functions of NVivo, including creating a project, coding, annotations and memos, and running queries. Participants will also learn how to set up your project for smoothing coding between team members.



8. Retrofit, Reform, and Reimagining Public Health Services across the Reproductive Spectrum

December 7th, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

Join this 2-part pre-session to the Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference. After this session, participants will be able to do the following:

1. Dispel myths about health outcome disparities for Black pregnant capable people

2. Understand the essential role of public health programs in resolving health disparities

3. Develop, modify, and/or create new strategies to tackle racism, cowardice, and resource allocation

4. Generate new programs and partnerships that align with and endorse community accountability and leadership.


9. Lessons from the Field: Provider Approaches to Impacting Reproductive and Maternal Health

December 8th, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

What can family planning and primary care providers do to improve preconception, interconception, and maternal health? During this webinar, providers from a variety of Title X settings in Texas will share lessons learned from integrating family planning and primary care with counseling and services that address hypertension, preconception health and achieving a healthy pregnancy, and prevent adverse maternal health outcomes. Panelists will outline actionable steps for family planning and primary care providers and share related resources from the Reproductive Health National Training Center.


10. Examining the Roots Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference

December 8th - 10th, 2021

The CityMatCH Urban Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference and the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program join forces on a biennial basis for the CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference. The conference convenes a diverse audience of more than 700 professionals from across the United States and globally, all working to improve the health of women, children, and families.


11. Minnesota Public Health Association: 2021 - 2022 Public Health Matters Policy Forum Series

January 14th, 2022 | 7:45 AM - 9:30 AM CDT

Join Minnesota’s public health community in these thought‐provoking breakfast conversations. In this second forum of the series, “Local and Global: What can we learn from each other,” panelists will consider the challenges we continue to face in addressing maternal and child health care needs. Despite efforts to reduce gaps in care locally and globally, the gaps remain. Why? What is the future? Find more information on this series here.

MCH Competency Corner

12. Competency #4: Critical Thinking

Each month, we highlight MCH Leadership competencies for our students to learn more about. Critical thinking is the ability to identify an issue or problem, frame it as a specific question, consider it from multiple perspectives, evaluate relevant information, and develop a reasoned resolution.

-Learn more about MCH competencies


13. 16th Annual Women's Health Research Conference Abstract and Works-in-Progress Submission

The Women's Health Research Conference is a one-day event that features two plenary presentations, a 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 learning, networking, and research dissemination.

Awards recognizing excellence in scholarship are selected and given to one research team per category based on the status of the primary presenter. The categories are 1) Faculty member, 2) Staff/Community Member, and 3) Student/Trainee.

-Learn more about the conference

-Submit a proposal


14. Website: Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA)

BMMA offers lots of resources that you can receive by signing up for their newsletter! See a few from their most recent eNews:

And don’t forget to save the date: April 11th-17th, 2022, is Black Maternal Health Week #BMHW22.

15. Video: Midwifery–An Evidence-Based Solution for Disrespect, Racism, and Other Challenges in Maternity Care

This video, available from our sister Center of Excellence in MCH at Harvard, will be of special interest to midwives, public health or policy students, state Title V or other MCH practitioners, and those interested in equitable health care and maternal mortality. Three internationally renowned practitioners and scholars (Ebony Marcelle, Director of Midwifery at Community of Hope; Holly Powell Kennedy, midwifery researcher, and Varney Professor of Midwifery at Yale School of Nursing, and Eugene R. Declercq, Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health) discuss how the midwifery model of care is a promising remedy for the racism and disrespect that too often plagues the maternity care for Black and Brown birthing people.

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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