Healthy Generations eNewsletter

October 2020

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1. Celebrating 65 years of Funding!

Congratulations to the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health for reaching its 65th year of funding! The Center is one of thirteen Centers of Excellence in MCH in Education, Science and Practice, and one of the longest funded.

2. Welcome Alexis!

Alexis Chavez is an online MCH student who has joined the Center team as editor of the MCH Trainee Blog. As an editor, Alexis will help student guest authors from Centers of Excellence in MCH in Education, Science and Practice and Catalyst Programs showcase their research and practice skills in an online forum curated by and for MCH students. Posts are published monthly and focus on the 12 MCH core competencies.

3. MCH Trainee Blog Competency 2: Self-Reflection

In this blog post, MCH student Vanessa Rivero, a trainee at the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science and Practice, shares how her life experiences have encouraged self-reflection and self-awareness.

-To read the full post

4. Student Spotlight: How did Sam Stern Address Physical and Mental Health Care in Workplace Settings?

Sam’s deployment with the MN Health Action Group involved developing research topics and gathering stakeholder information to support research design and implementation of a large-scale public health intervention.

-To read the full spotlight

5. MCH Alumni Featured in Public Health Review Special Issue

"That mixture of fear, uncertainty, and loss of control were something I hoped to never feel again. But when Minnesota declared an emergency shelter-in-place order and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health shifted to on-line classes in March, it all came flooding back."

–Former MCH Center Research Assistant and MCH graduate, Teale Greylord (MPH ‘20), on how COVID-19 brought back trauma from her childhood, and how she's using routine and other mechanisms to cope with the pandemic

-To read the full story

The Center is proud to sponsor the following event:

6. Qualitative Methods Mini-Lab Series: Introduction to NVivo

Friday, October 16, 2020 1:30 - 2:30 PM CST

Introduction to NVivo will be presented by Junia N. de Brito. Each event in the series will focus on qualitative research techniques and methods.

Additional events in the series:

November 6, 2020: Introduction to Photovoice

December 4, 2020: Introduction to Walk-Along

-To register


7. Association of Summer Heat Waves and the Probability of Preterm Birth in Minnesota: An Exploration of the Intersection of Race and Education

This retrospective study of all live births from 2009 to 2015 in MN evaluated if a 7-day heat wave prior to birth increased preterm birth rates. The data showed that 7-day heat waves were associated with preterm birth and additionally, Black college-educated women exposed to heat waves had a higher risk than white college-educated women exposed to heat waves.

-To access the full article

8. Experiences of Breastfeeding during COVID-19: Lessons for Future Practical and Emotional Support

This UK based study used surveys to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on breastfeeding support. The results showed two main themes: some mothers thought COVID-19 lockdown supported breastfeeding (41.8%) but some thought COVID-19 created barriers to support breastfeeding (27%).

-To access the full article


9. Centering on the Margins: Improving Care Coordination for Transgender and Gender Diverse Children and Youth

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST

This virtual event will illustrate barriers experienced by transgender pediatric patients, describe best practices for providing affirming and supportive care and define common phrases and terms.

-To register

10. What the Health? Understanding Disease, Diversity and Disparities

Thursday, October 22, 2020 ┃ 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM CST

The annual MN SOPHE (Society for Public Health Education) Virtual Health Education Summit gathers 100+ health education specialists, health communicators, K-12 health teachers, behavioral scientists, health professionals, university faculty and students from around the state to exchange information and create a healthier MN through effective public health education practice. Speakers will share their expertise in disease, diversity and disparity-related topics related to health theories, evaluation and research tools, show project examples and share applicable ideas for health communicators, educators, professionals and advocates to utilize in their programming and project efforts.

-To register

11. Structural Factors and Inequities in Maternal and Infant Health and the Path Towards Birth Equity

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 9:00 - 10:30 AM CST

UMN SPH faculty member Rachel Hardeman is the Tuesday keynote speaker for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Conference. Structural racism disadvantages parents of color before, during and after pregnancy, leading to heartbreaking perinatal health inequities for both birthgivers and their babies. Relationship-centered and culturally-centered care models provide needed support to parents of color, making strides on the path towards racial birth equity. Building anti-racism into medical, educational and policy systems beyond perinatal care is necessary for sustainable racial health equity throughout the lives of people of color.

-To register and learn more

12. Road to Transformation: Driving Gender and Racial Equity with Men and Boys

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 10:00 - 11:30 AM CST

Tony Porter, Chief Executive Officer of A CALL TO MEN, will guide participants through a transformative training that positions participants to understand and re-evaluate power structures, develop their skills as courageous leaders, and rise toward real equity and safety for all women and girls.

-To register

13. Addressing Hurtful Ways that Adultism Shows Up

Friday, November 6, 2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

This workshop from UMN Extension will explore how adultism is harmful to young people, examine how these behaviors show up in nonprofits and identify actions to create change.

-To register and learn more

14. Advancing Maternal and Child Health Through Legislation and Policy

Monday, November 9, 2020 10:10 AM - 12:00 PM CST

This event, sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Interest Group, will host Amy Haddad. Amy Haddad is the director of policy and government affairs at AMCHP. Event registration information will be added to the MCHIG website.


15. Report: Adapting and Innovating to Promote Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being of Young People of Color–COVID-19 and Beyond

The Steve Fund Crisis Response Task Force has released commentary and recommendations for higher education institutions and employers on promoting the health and well-being of their students of color.

-Review the report here

16. Resource: The Conscious Kid

The Conscious Kid is an education, research and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth. Their website has both book recommendations and resources.

17. Website: Communications Resources For Public Health Officials

The Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) was formed in 2020 to coordinate and amplify public health messaging on COVID-19 and increase Americans’ confidence in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health officials. View their website for resources, including downloads, news, and more.

-To access the website

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