Healthy Generations eNewsletter
1. Congratulations and Celebrations
Hearty congratulations to:
-2nd year MCHer Delaine Anderson, who received the Outstanding Student of the Year Award from the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Council of Affiliates. This award recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student actively pursuing a field of study with a focus on public health and has had significant involvement in state, regional and/or national public health Affiliate/association while a student. Delaine is very active in the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA), and co-leads MPHA’s Membership and Communications Committee.
-Rachel Hardeman PhD, MPH, who has accepted an invitation to join the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The panel committee members include people with expertise in areas pertinent to the CDC mission, such as public health, health equity, medical education, industry, healthcare delivery, health policy, preventive medicine, allied fields, and communication.
Congratulations, Delaine and Dr. Hardeman, on these well-deserved nominations and awards!
2. Catch Up on the Latest MCH Center Videos
Our video archive page features the latest activity at the Center!
We hosted a weeklong virtual event on Carceral Injustice: Belly of the Beast Screening and Panel discussing the Emmy Award-winning documentary Belly of the Beast, as well as reproductive injustice and human rights violations within the carceral system.
The MCH Student Interest Group hosts the Diving into Research Series, which aims to empower first year graduate students in gaining confidence to conduct research. Watch the latest three videos on How to Build A Strong Relationship With Your Advisor, Preparing for Research as a First Year Graduate Student, and How to Conduct Responsible Research.
The Cross-Center Collaboration on the Health of Justice-Involved Women and Children (JIWC), led by the Center, has begun hosting a four-part webinar series focused on Support through Separation: Coping with Physical and Emotional Separation. Watch videos of the panel discussions "Support through Separation: Coping with the Physical and Emotional Separation…for the Birthing Person" (July 2021) and "Support through Separation: Coping with the Physical and Emotional Separation…for Families Impacted by Maternal Incarceration" (October 2021).
3. Rights-Based Approach in Child Health: An International Children's Day Panel Discussion
November 18, 2021 | 2 PM CDT
Join the Maternal and Child Health Student Interest Group (MCHIG) for an International Children’s Day panel discussion about how public health and healthcare workers can adopt the Rights-based approach in our child health practices on a national and global scale. Please join us for our live discussion and Q&A! This event will take place via zoom and will be recorded.
4. Racial Discrimination and the Moderating Effects of Racial and Ethnic Socialization on the Mental Health of Asian American Youth
For Korean American youth, parental advice to anticipate occasional racial bias from the larger society protected against the mental health effects of discrimination, suggests an NIH-funded study. In addition, for U.S.-born Filipino Americans, having parents who taught them to take pride in their ethnicity and to be wary of forming relationships with other groups was protective against discrimination’s mental health effects. The authors found that for both Korean American and Filipino American study participants the experience of racial discrimination increased from 2014 to 2018 and contributed to the upward trend of mental health problems.
5. Mexico's Path to Abortion Decriminalization
November 11, 2021 | 12 PM–1 PM CDT
In September, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion as a crime. This major policy change comes in one of the world’s largest Catholic countries, where abortion was previously allowed in only four states and Mexico City–and just as abortion opponents implemented severe restrictions across the border in Texas. Join the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy for a conversation about the Supreme Court decision, the likelihood of state-level backlash, and the broader implications for abortion rights in Latin America. This virtual event will be moderated by Dr. Christina Ewig and is co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and the Human Rights Program.
6. Cultural Safety Considerations in Indigenous Maternal Mental Health Services
November 18, 2021 | 12 PM–1 PM CDT
Drawing on fieldwork with Indigenous women and mothers in two northern and remote communities in Quebec, Canada, Dr. Zoua Vang, William Dawson Scholar and Associate Professor of Sociology at McGill University, will examine Indigenous women’s experiences with perinatal depression and access to mental health services. This webinar is part of the Women's Health Equity, Empowerment, and Leadership Series (WHEEL) hosted by the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility.
7. Trauma Certificate Program 2021: Nationalities Certificate Center
November 4, 2021 to April 21, 2022 | Thursdays 1 PM–2:30 PM CDT
The Nationalities Service Center will be holding an exciting professional development program. This virtual certificate program will go beyond Trauma 101 and provide an in-depth perspective on the impact of trauma in the immigrant experience. This 6-month, 30-hour Trauma Certificate Course is designed for case managers, lawyers, interpreters, interns, and other direct and indirect service providers working with immigrant communities.
8. Call for Authors: How Can Family Science Promote Mental Health and Well-Being?
The purpose of the Summer 2022 issue of Family Focus, a section of National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Report member magazine, is to advance efforts in understanding and meeting the mental health needs of children, youth, adults, and families.
Articles are sought on how family research has enhanced our understanding of mental health outcomes; best practices for families from community outreach, intervention programs, or clinical services; how practices can be appropriately adapted to meet the diverse needs of individuals and families; and what policies are needed to support families and promote mental health and well-being.
Authors should indicate intent to submit by November 15, 2021, by completing the online proposal form. Final articles are due January 15, 2022.
9. Funding Opportunity: HRSA Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Research (MCH SDAR)
Closing Date: January 26, 2022
The purpose of the MCH SDAR Program is to support applied MCH research that utilizes the secondary analysis of existing national data sets and/or administrative records to improve the health and well-being of MCH populations. The MCH SDAR program provides the opportunity for researchers across the nation to build the MCH evidence base by using existing data sets, such as national data sets and/or administrative records, to identify emerging issues, study new research questions, test hypotheses, and determine pathways for intervention. Existing and emerging public health challenges affecting MCH populations including children with special health care needs require timely, evidence-based responses from MCH programs, policy, and practice.
10. New Tools: Results–Based Accountability (RBA) Health Equity Tools
The MCH Evidence Center uses the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework as one way to identify root causes of population-based issues, develop responsive strategies to bring about change, and establish measures that can be quantified, brought to scale, and replicated across population groups. Two new tools, the Turn the Curve Strategy Tool and the ESM Measurement Tool, integrate health equity considerations into RBA processes.
11. Podcast: MCH Bridges
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is excited to announce the launch of its new podcast, MCH Bridges, and hopes that it will be of interest and value to MCH faculty and students, Title V MCH and CYSHCN leaders, state and jurisdictional health department staff, individuals with lived experience and their families, public health professionals, and others wanting to learn more about supporting MCH populations and equitable systems of care.
12. Services: Minnesota Help Me Connect
Minnesota Help Me Connect helps pregnant and parenting families with young children birth to 8 years of age connect to services in their local communities that support healthy child development and family well-being.
13. Video: At The Heart of the Matter–Taking Care of Our Mental Health
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) hosts the Heart of the Matter Webinar series that explores the intersectionality of physical and mental health. COVID-19 has surfaced the concerns that African Americans have as it relates to isolation, grief, loss, and community trauma. This recorded session highlights the mental health needs across generations including addiction and suicide in young adults.
14. 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.
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