Healthy Generations eNewsletter

May 2020

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  • The Center has been renewed for another 5 years! We’re grateful and excited to continue our work as one of thirteen HRSA-funded Centers of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice across the US.

  • If you’re looking for quick communications about COVID-19, especially when using social media, our MCH Quick-Guide for COVID-19 can be found here.

  • This is the last Healthy Generations eNewsletter of the 2019-2020 academic year. We will resume eNewsletters this September. If you’d like us to share events, trainings, job postings or anything else on social media channels, please email

  • Congratulations to Center Research Assistants Abhi Ramesh and Teale Greylord, who are graduating this semester. Thank you for all you’ve contributed to the Center and the MCH Program. We’ll miss you!

Have a safe and healthy summer!

1. Support the MCH Class of 2020

Help our recently graduated MCHers celebrate a major milestone! COVID-19 might be postponing in-person celebrations, but you can share a message, words of wisdom, or just a quote with the class of 2020 and send them off feeling supported and encouraged. Submit a short written or video message by Friday, May 15, or visit our webpage for more info.

2. Center Faculty Featured in Health In All Matters Podcast: COVID Affects Us All… Just Not Equally

As the pandemic moves across the US, it’s bringing into focus that certain populations are suffering far more than others. In this 20-minute episode, learn what particular challenges face the homeless, the incarcerated, people of color, and new immigrants as they try to stay safe. Featuring Center faculty Drs. Rachel Hardeman, Jaime Slaughter-Acey and Rebecca Shlafer.

3. National MCH Trainee Blog Post: Competency 1–MCH Knowledge Base/Context

A recent blog postt features UNC Chapel Hill doctoral student, Alexandria Lesak. Alexandria writes how context can impact initiatives and priorities within MCH work. She also shares her extensive professional experience and how collaboration is key in partnerships.

4. MCH Faculty Spotlight: Susan Mason, PhD, MPH

MCH faculty spotlights are short interviews with faculty who teach, support, and advise MCH students. Our first spotlight features Dr. Susan Mason, PhD, MPH, a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and trauma.

5. Student Spotlight: How Did Lai Jing Su Grow her Qualitative Research Skills at a Local Non-Profit?

First year MCH student, Lai Jing Su, completed a deployment with Find Your Power (FYP), a startup nonprofit with a mission to empower underrepresented women by expanding their access to vital resources and the internet. Read about Lai Jing’s experience conducting research to inform FYP’s knowledge of their target communities.

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

6. Virtual Summer Institute: Adolescent Mental Health–Identifying Influences and Promoting Well-Being

Monday, July 27-30, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM CST

While a variety of adolescent health indicators–teen pregnancy, violence, alcohol use–suggest a movement toward healthier outcomes for youth, trends in adolescent mental health tell a different story. During the Institute, explore trends and patterns in adolescent mental health, as well as psychosocial, cultural, and societal influences on mental well-being.

-To learn more and register


This section will resume in our September eNewsletter.


7. Webinar: Birth Equity During COVID-19

TODAY, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 12PM CST

Featuring MCH faculty member Rachel Hardeman and Stevie Merino, a doula, this session will highlight the most vulnerable communities and connect participants with domestic and international leaders.

-To learn more and register

8. Webinar: Stress and Mental Health among Pregnant and Parenting Mothers during COVID-19

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 11AM CST

Through this webinar, participants will: 1) Gain insights into the realities of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2) Become familiar with basics of Psychological First Aid as a tool to care for patients, and 3) Learn about NWHW and resources available through the Office on Women’s Health.

9. Webinar: Disability Equity by Design–Disabled by Design

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
Emerging thinking about disability suggests that disability is created by the design of our environments. This is part 3 of a three-part webinar series by the Online Learning Consortium and will explore strategies to maximize access and inclusion in online learning environments.
-To learn more and register


10. Press Release: HHS Awards $20 Million to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic through Telehealth

This press release from HHS shares how HRSA awarded funds focus on telehealth infrastructure, including capacity, access, and licensure across states. Read the full press release here.

11. Survey: COVID-19 Mental Health, Substance Use, and Trauma Needs and Resources

During this time of crisis, domestic violence programs and mental health and substance use treatment providers are facing new challenges daily. The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health wants to provide timely, useful resources on responding to the COVID-19 epidemic. Please complete this brief, anonymous 3-question survey to help develop supports and resources.

12. Survey: Pregnancy and Postpartum During COVID-19 Pandemic

University researchers around the world are reaching out to pregnant and postpartum women over 18 that may have interest in sharing their experiences related to COVID-19 (also called SARS-CoV-2). Participate here.

13. Article: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Mental Health for Children and Adolescents

This JAMA Pediatrics Viewpoint by Dr. Ezra Golberstein, UMN School of Public Health, shares how mental health resources for children and adolescents may be affected due to school closures, as well as how their mental health may be negatively impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more to learn how telemedicine could fill this mental health resource gap for children and adolescents.

14. Webpage: COVID-19 Information Repository

This new COVID-19 Information Repository from our sister Center of Excellence in MCH at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program contains COVID-related information about adolescent health; gender and global health, environmental health, technology and innovation,; mental and emotional health, pregnancy and delivery, school closures, and domestic and sexual violence.

15. Director’s Message: Black Maternal Health–Amplify the Conversation and Act

Black women die from pregnancy complications two to three times more than their White and Hispanic counterparts, according to a January 30, 2020, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report containing the first national data on maternal deaths in the US since 2007. Please read this message (with resource links) from Dr. Janine A. Clayton, Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), on how Black Maternal Health Week helps keep this heartbreaking health disparity front and center, where it belongs.

16. Recording: Social Determinants of Grief–The Impact of Black Infant Loss

Understanding African American grief requires taking a long look at the historical and contemporary experiences around the issues of death. However there is very little research conducted on Black grief and its connection to racism and the social injustices connected to it. This archived webinar was hosted by the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) on behalf of Baby 1st Network.

17. Call for Applications: New COVID-19 Funding for Tribes–Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response (CDC-RFA-OT20-2004)

The purpose of this CDC funding opportunity is to provide emergency funding for federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, consortia of federally recognized tribes, or their bona fide agents that represent tribal components of the public health system to carry out COVID-19 preparedness and response activities. Visit the COVID-19 Funding for Tribes web page to learn more. Applications are due on May 31, 2020.

18. Fellowship: Apply for the MCH Performance Measurement and Evaluation Fellowship

The Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER) in HRSA's MCH Bureau (MCHB) is seeking applicants interested in gaining first-hand exposure to and training in support of research, analyses and synthesis of performance measurement and/or evaluation data for major MCH investments supported by the Federal MCHB, e.g., Healthy Start; training in support of research and analyses of data from the National Survey of Children's Health; and more. Read the full job description and application information and apply by June 3, 2020. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

19. Call for Submissions: The Public Health Review (PHR)

Submissions are now open for the PHR, a graduate student-led, peer-reviewed public health journal that is published by the UMN Libraries. PHR accepts research articles, literature reviews, analytical essays, opinion editorials, issue briefs, policy proposals, public health practice pieces, editor’s choice, and images. Email PHR or read more about submission information. Submissions are due June 7, 2020.

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