Healthy Generations eNewsletter

March 2020

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1. Our Newsletter has a New Look!

This new look is hosted by SMORE, a newsletter platform. Please reach out to mch @ if you have any questions or concerns.

2. National MCH Trainee Blog Post: Competency #11–Working with Communities and Systems

Second year MCH student Bianca Zanders shares her deployment experience working with Minneapolis Public Schools supporting the Minneapolis Vision Health Task Force. The Task Force includes a variety of stakeholders, ranging from local and national government to healthcare professionals and non-profits (and includes the Center!). The key to making an impact? Bianca says that working with communities ensured reach, and national-level conversations fueled a cohesive vision for eye health.

-To read the full post

3. Student Spotlight: How did Amanda Neubauer’s Experience with the Lactation Advocacy Committee Help Build Her Skills in Advocacy and Policy?

Amanda shares her Center-funded deployment experience working with the UMN Lactation Advocacy Committee. Throughout her experience, she was able to network, gain insight into lactation policy, and advocate for lactation and breastfeeding support on campus.

-To read the full spotlight

4. Jaime Slaughter-Acey featured in Teen Vogue

Center faculty member Jaime Slaughter-Acey was mentioned in the article Black History Month and the Celebration of Black Joy (February 2020).

-To read the article

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

In-person University events with an attendance of 50 people or more have been canceled for the Spring 2020 semester. With conditions changing daily, please double check the status of any events posted here to ensure they have not been cancelled, postponed, or moved to virtual platforms.

5. Policy Forum: Environmental Health–Is There Justice for the Water We Use?

Postponed - Date TBD (likely in May or June)

New Brighton Community Center (New Brighton, MN)

This MPHA "Public Health Matters" Policy Forum’s panelists and participants will address the equal distribution of Minnesota’s water resources. Is there equal access to clean water? Where is the greatest impact of water pollution felt?

-To learn more

6. Please note that the 4-1-20 Batey Relief Alliance Response to the Needs of Mothers and Children in the Dominican Bateyes: A Human Rights Approach event has been cancelled.

7. Centering Black and Indigenous Mamas: The Right to Live and Thrive

Postponed - Date TBD (fall 2020)

Penumbra Theatre (Saint Paul, MN)

This event will host a community conversation in celebration and support of Black Maternal Health Week. Join changemaking health professionals, Minnesotan government representatives, and community leaders to center Black and Indigenous mamas in the conversation on maternal health equity.

-To learn more


8. Health Advantages and Disparities in Preterm Birth Among Immigrants Despite Disparate Sociodemographic, Behavioral, and Maternal Risk Factors in San Diego, California
This retrospective cohort study looked at single live births born in San Diego County, California between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2012. Preterm birth prevalence was highest in American-born Black women (10.9%), followed by Filipinas whether born in the Philippines (10.8%) or the US (10.7%), and American-born Asian (8.6%) women. Preterm birth prevalence was lowest for foreign born Somali (5.5%), “Other” (5.7%), White (6.0%), and Mexican women (6.1%).
-To access the full article


In-person University events with an attendance of 50 people or more have been canceled for the Spring 2020 semester. With conditions changing daily, please double check the status of any events posted here to ensure they have not been cancelled, postponed, or moved to virtual platforms.

9. The Inner Work of Racial Justice: On Healing, Connecting, and Practicing for Belonging in a Changing World

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 4:00 PM CST

Now webinar

In this webinar, lawyer, author, mindfulness teacher, and storyteller Rhonda V. Magee will discuss the links between embodied mindfulness and compassion practices and working to disrupt bias and bring about anti-oppressive social change. All are welcome, no mindfulness experience necessary.

-To learn more and register

10. Advancing Health Equity: Public Health Solutions for Climate Change

Friday, April 20, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Now webinar (details forthcoming)

Climate change doesn’t affect everyone equally. We know that some populations and groups will be more adversely affected than others by climate change. The Health Disparities Round Table 2020 examines the effects of climate change on health inequities and identifies ways to build capacity to address this issue.

-To learn more and register


11. Article: Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHN) are More Likely to Have Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Using data from the 2016-17 National Survey of Children’s Health, this article from Child Trends shows that CYSHN have a higher prevalence of ACEs than children without special healthcare needs. Additionally, CYSHN are more likely to experience two or more ACEs than children without special healthcare needs.

-To access the full article

12. Brief: Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children in Illinois

This brief from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration informs the development and implementation of policies and practices that address the needs of incarcerated mothers in Illinois and reduce the impact of incarceration on their children. It highlights how incarceration creates barriers to parenting and limits contact between incarcerated mothers and their children, and draws attention to programs across the country that are working to address those barriers and mitigate the negative impacts of incarceration on both mothers and their children.

13. Tipsheet: Best For You, Best For Baby–5 Tips for Preventing Birth Defects

The National Association for County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) created this tipsheet with information on ways pregnant people can prevent birth defects. The tipsheet emphasizes that not all birth defects can be prevented, but there are steps pregnant people can take to increase their chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.

-To access the tipsheet

14. Data Brief: Trading Sex and Sexual Exploitation among High School Students–Data from the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey

Starting in 2019, the Minnesota Student Survey included a new question for 9th and 11th graders. They asked, “Have you ever traded sex or sexual activity to receive money, food, drugs, alcohol, a place to stay, or anything else?” This data brief shares information on Minnesotan youth who have traded sex. It includes demographics, graphics, and details about the Safe Harbor law.

-To access the data brief

15. News Article: River Falls Area Hospital Closing Birthing Center Amid Decline in Birth Rate

School of Public Health faculty member Katy Kozhimannil shares her research on rural maternal care and how maternity units closing in rural areas is a trend.

-To access the full article

16. News Article: Changing How We See Ourselves with Yoga–Practice May Counter Excessive Cultural Importance Placed on our Body Image

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Division Head of Epidemiology and Community Health, was recently featured in The Varsity (University of Toronto). She shares her research on the impact of yoga, and specifically how yoga can change cultural expectations of external appearance.

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