MCH Student eNewsletter
Good luck to all of you finishing up the semester, and congratulations to all those graduating this spring! On behalf of everyone at the Center, we are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to seeing where your futures lead you.
We know you’re busy but please take time to scan the May newsletter. It has LOTS of fun updates and info for MCHers around commencement, updates on the launch of the MCH peer-to-peer networking program, four new Spotlights (including one on faculty member Susan Mason!), a new student-created MCH video and lots more.
Please note that this e-newsletter will be the last one for the academic year, until our July summer e-Newsletter. If you have any events, accomplishments or resources that you’d like to see featured in the summer eNewsletter, or anytime on social media, please email us at email@example.com
Support the MCH Class of 2020
Help your fellow 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. We LOVE the ones we've already received; the class of 2020 thanks you!!
2020 School of Public Health Virtual Commencement
The SPH will honor the class of 2020 this spring through a virtual commencement with a systemwide UMN celebration and a SPH celebration. In conjunction with the UMN celebration, the SPH is hosting a school-specific experience for all SPH graduates, family, and friends. More details will be shared as plans are finalized. If posting your accomplishments on social media, consider using these hashtags! #umnmch #umnmchgrad #mchgrad2020 #UMN20 #UMNAlumni #UMNProudProvide your photo here and we will apply our Congratulations Graduate template (above) and share on social media
MCH Faculty Spotlight: Susan Mason, PhD, MPH
MCH faculty spotlights are short interviews with faculty who teach, support and advise our students. They are a great opportunity to learn more about our faculty members! Faculty spotlights will be featured on our website and in monthly newsletters. Our first spotlight is Dr. Susan Mason, PhD, MPH. Susan is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on adverse childhood experiences and trauma.
Maternal and Child Health Interest Group (MCHIG) Looking for Executive Board Members
As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, the MCHIG will be looking for additional students to join our executive board for the following academic year. Please fill out this form to apply for this leadership position. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please complete the form no later than Friday, May 15.
MCH Peers News
We are excited to welcome the newest MCH cohort this fall, and we hope you are too! The Center and the EpiCH Division are launching “MCH Peers,” a program designed to match incoming students with second year peers to help ease the transition into graduate school. If you are a current student and you would like to be a peer for an incoming student, fill out this survey.
“What Is MCH?” Video created by MCH Student, May Seo!
MCH student and MCH Interest Group (MCHIG) Executive Board Member, May Seo, created a brand new “What is MCH?” video, designed to inform viewers about the field of MCH and its importance in public health. This two-minute video is an excellent introduction to MCH and we encourage students to share this video to anyone who may be interested!
Student Spotlight: How Did Lai Jing Su Help Create Necessary Research Data for a Local Non-Profit?
First year MCH student, Lai Jing Su, completed a deployment with Find Your Power, 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:
2020 Virtual Summer Institute in Adolescent Health: Adolescent Mental Health–Identifying Influences and Promoting Well-Being
July 27-30, 2020 | 8:30 am - 12 noon CST
During the Institute, explore trends and patterns in adolescent mental health, as well as psychosocial, cultural, and societal influences on mental well-being. Delve into the everyday issues that affect the mental well-being of our youth: sleep, social media, identity development, and school pressures. Examine how COVID-19 has and will continue to change the landscape related to youth mental health. Strategize with caring adults who help young people sustain and reclaim their mental well-being. Develop strategies for public health initiatives and policies, as well as for mental health promotion, prevention and treatment efforts that best serve adolescents.
Spots will fill up quickly; register soon!
MCH in the News
Center Faculty Featured in SPH’s Health In All Matters Podcast: COVID Affects Us All… Just Not Equally
As the pandemic moves across the US, it’s clearly showing that certain populations are suffering far more than others. In this episode, learn what particular challenges face the homeless, the incarcerated, people of color, and new immigrants as they try to stay safe. America’s inequities are undeniable. Featuring Center faculty Drs. Rachel Hardeman, Jaime Slaughter-Acey and Rebecca Shlafer.
Multiple MCH Faculty Members Recognized for COVID-19 Research and Response
- Ruby Nguyen: As Minnesotans Stay Home, Risk of Domestic and Sexual Violence Grows
- Susan Mason: Rapid Deployment of School-Based Mental Health Providers During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Rachel Hardeman: Virus Wreaks Havoc Among Most Vulnerable
- Rebecca Shlafer: SPH Team Creates COVID-19 Info Sheets and Video for Hennepin County Jail
Submit Content to the Public Health Review (PHR)
Public Health Review Journal Cover Design Contest
The Public Health Review (PHR) is having a journal cover design contest! PHR will be accepting designs until Monday, May 18 and the winner will receive $50. Email your design to email@example.com with the subject heading “Cover Design Contest.” In the email, please include your name, a brief introduction, your design, and what inspired it. Requirements: no faces in the design, design something that reminds people of public health, and 8” x 11”.
New or Soon-to-Be Graduate? 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 understanding of major MCH investments supported by the Federal MCHB
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
Refining data processing and analyses skills utilizing SAS/SUDAAN or STATA
Refining and expand written and oral communicative skills and competencies
The deadline is June 3, 2020; applications are considered on a rolling basis.
COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences (COPE) Study
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). Those who participate are entered in a raffle to win an Amazon gift card.
Conference: Making Lifelong Connections
Recorded Webinar: 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. But troublingly, there is very little research conducted on Black grief and its connection to racism and the social injustices. Understanding the impact of systemic racism and its influence on how a person reacts to loss sets the stage for addressing how best to support communities that are disproportionately affected by infant death. Gain knowledge on how to best serve communities of color affected by infant loss by attending this 1-hour pre-recorded webinar (presented April 10) offering insight on how some women of color deal with compounded loss and trauma. This webinar was hosted by the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality on behalf of Baby 1st Network.
Webpage: COVID-19 Information Repository
MCH Competency-Based Resources for Difficult Times
Webinar Series: Free Yoga Sessions with SPH
Monday, May 11, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST
Start your week with a relaxing hour of yoga! A certified instructor will be leading a virtual session each Monday through the end of the semester. Clear space in the living room, lay down your mat, and join your friends for a fun session while remaining home.
Webinar: Pandemic Call and Response: Black Queer and Trans Communities
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 12:00 PM CST
This webinar highlights the disparate impact of the disease in the most vulnerable communities in our nation. Speakers share their lived experiences of grassroots organizing and practical solutions for equity in Black Queer and Trans Communities during COVID-19.
Webinar: Striving for Patient-Centered Contraceptive Access
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM CST
Speaker Dr. Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS, is the Director of the Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program at the University of California at San Francisco. She will be addressing performance measures for contraceptive services and patient experience of contraceptive use.
Summer Public Health Institute (PHI)
Monday, May 18, 2020 - Friday, June 5, 2020 | Times varyThe Summer Public Health Institute offers courses for students and practicing professionals in public health and related fields. Participants can build or expand their professional expertise, learn best practices, broaden career options, network with other professionals, or explore a new area of interest. PHI will be held exclusively online this year.
MCH Competency #9: Developing Others through Teaching, Coaching and Mentoring
Career & Professional Development Corner
Coaching and Mentoring Others: An Interview with Vic Massaglia!
This month’s competency focuses on developing others through teaching, coaching and mentoring. Who better to talk about this competency than our director of the Career and Professional Development Center, Vic Massaglia! Vic has spent years developing our SPH students into career-ready professionals, and strives to provide personal and professional growth opportunities to each student he meets. Vic has answered some questions about what it means to teach, coach and mentor others, and how we can use this skill in our careers.
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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