MCH Student eNewsletter
1. Welcome from the Chair
“As the Chair for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program, I am pleased that you are interested in the field of MCH, and what we have to offer at the University of Minnesota (UMN). We have strong historical underpinnings, as well as a vibrant present day program and set of activities focused on women, mothers, children, fathers and families. We are committed both to the training of new leaders for MCH through our current degree programs, as well as outreach to professionals in the community who are serving MCH populations.” -Dr. Zobeida Bonilla, MCH Program Chair
2. Welcome Cassie!
3. Welcome Estefania!
4. Welcome Estefania, Kailee, and Amanda!
The Center would like to send a warm welcome to Estefania Henríquez Luthje, Kailee Schaberg, and Amanda Moses as they take on new roles as executive committee members in the MCH Interest Group (MCHIG).
5. National MCH Trainee Blog: MCH Competency #10–Interdisciplinary/ Interprofessional Team Building
6. Student Spotlight: How did volunteering as an abortion clinic escort shape the direction of Olivia Snow’s Master's program?
7. Student Spotlight: How is Haley Lipo Zovic’s interest in pregnancy, birth, health equity, and social justice contributing to her graduate experience, both in and outside the classroom?
The Center is proud to co-sponsor the following events:
8. Skills Institute Workshop #1: An Anti-racism Approach to Improving the Health of Populations
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | 5:30 PM -7:00 PM CDT
Our first MCH Leaders Skills Institute of the 2022-23 academic year will focus on using leadership to develop an anti-racist approach to enhance population health. In this first session, we welcome #UMNMCH alumni Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio, President and Founder of Leap Pediatric and Adolescent Care, and Greg Hanley, VP of Quality Management and Population Health at UCare, as our guest speakers. This Workshop is for Center MCH and PHN students only.
9. Mini-Lab: Introduction to Coding Techniques with Prof. Johnny Saldana
October 6, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Mini-Lab offerings introduce MCH students and practitioners to qualitative data collection principles and techniques. In this two hour workshop, guest speaker Professor Johnny Saldaña will cover the fundamentals of qualitative coding and specifically explore coding with NVivo.
10. The Epidemiology of Abortion
October 14, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM CDT | 364 WBOB and VirtualThe Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, Center for MCH, the MCH Student Interest Group (MCHIG), and the Population Center welcome guest speaker Caitlin Gerdts PhD, MHS to speak on the epidemiology of abortion. Dr. Gerdts leads the development and implementation of Ibis Reproductive Health’s research agenda, and serves on the Senior Management Team. She is the author and co-author of several peer reviewed articles and has expertise in study design, implementation, impact evaluation, and causal inference methods. A post-seminar student discussion is being planned. More information coming soon!
11. Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality (ACIMM)
September 13-15, 2022 | Prior Lake, MN and Virtual
Would you like to join this event? A virtual option is available for those who cannot attend in-person. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) in Prior Lake, Minnesota will host this meeting. The Committee will hear directly from tribal communities to inform their recommendations to HHS related to improving the birth outcomes of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) mothers and infants. This committee advises the HHS Secretary on department activities, partnerships, policies, and programs directed at reducing infant mortality, maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidity, and on improving the health status of infants and women.
12. Using Respect to Develop Successful Relationships
September 15, 2022 | 12:00 PM CDT
This presentation is part three of the Racial Justice Resources to Promote Social and Emotional Skills Webinar Series presented by the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety, and Sesame Street in Communities. In this session, participants will explore resources to help develop social and emotional skills in young children. Supporting young children, their families, and staff in working together to make decisions and resolve conflicts is crucial to developing healthy, successful relationships. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be offered.
13. 2022 National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course
September 1 - December 31, 2022
This continuing education program focuses on the improvement of maternal and infant health through the delivery of risk-appropriate, high-quality nutrition services. It is designed for dietitians, nutritionists, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses and nurse practitioners, physicians, and public health professionals who serve pre-conceptual, pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women. This is a self-led course and will include six recorded presentations. Registration closes on November 30, 2022.
14. WIC/FHV (Family Home Visiting) Maternal and Child Nutrition Webinar
September 26, 2022 | 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
The webinar will focus on key aspects of toddler and preschool health and nutrition. Participants will learn to identify and describe feeding patterns, essential nutrients, feeding relationships, milk alternatives, and concerns related to sugary beverages and low physical activity. This is the third presentation of a three part webinar series presented by Dr. Jamie Stang, MDH staff, and WIC staff. The event will be recorded.
15. Conducting Policy-Relevant Research to Promote Black Children’s Optimal Development
The Researchers Investigating Sociocultural Equity and Race (RISER) Network is hosting its first conference for early childhood researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. Attendees will gain insight into the state of knowledge on Black children’s and families’ strengths and cultural assets, as well as tools to provide policy information that is actionable, strengths-based, and with a focus on wellness promotion.
16. Indigenous Lactation Course
September 28, 2022 - September 30, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT | In Person
Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming is proud to sponsor and support this free 20-hour training. This training is for any health care provider that serves Native families in the Bemidji area. Community Health Workers, physicians, OB/GYNs, Midwives, and anyone working on healthcare serving Native families. You do not have to self-identify as Indigenous to participate in this training. This training is unique in that it centers how to support Indigenous families and provides health care providers with ways to serve Indigenous lactating families.
MCH Competency Corner
17. MCH Competency #10: Interdisciplinary/ Interprofessional Team Building
Each month, we highlight MCH Leadership competencies for our students to learn more about. Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional approaches provide a supportive environment in which team members from various disciplines make a collaborative effort to apply their skills and expertise.
18. Webinar: UMN Lactation Advocacy Committee (LAC)
Last spring, the Lactation Advocacy Committee (LAC) and Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) hosted Understanding UMN Policy: Accommodations for Lactation. In this webinar, questions related to University lactation spaces, lactation policy interpretation, and lactation needs in clinical settings are answered.
-View the webinar recording
-Read a written summary of the webinar Q & A-Find a UMN lactation space here
19. Podcast: Parenting Done Differently
In this podcast series, Marjorie Aunos hosts conversations exploring how parenting can be done differently and how professionals can best support parents with disabilities. Marjorie is a clinical psychologist, author, and researcher from Montreal who has dedicated her career to working with parents with intellectual disabilities and then also became a parent with disabilities herself.
21. Campus Support: Student Parent Help Center
The Student Parent Help Center serves as a resource and assistance for parents, both undergraduate and graduate level students, to help them achieve their educational degrees. The Center offers child care assistance, parent groups, consultation, and parent events.
22. Article: Talking the Baby Formula Shortage with the U of M
MCH faculty member Dr. Ellen Demerath was recently featured in SPH News as she answers questions about the baby formula shortage and the barriers it presents.
23. September is...
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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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