Healthy Generations eNewsletter

April 2020

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Happy Public Health Week!

April 6-12, 2020 is #NPHW. Use the Association of Public Health Professionals’ (APHA) website to find online activities and social media prompts to help celebrate public health professionals. On behalf of all of us at the Center, thanks to those of you working in public health: we appreciate you!

1. Maternal and Child Health Quick Guide for COVID-19

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Quick-Guide for COVID-19 can help you communicate about COVID-19, especially when using social media. We’ve compiled some national resources, sample posts, and hashtags so that you can easily adapt, cut, and paste to fit your audience.

Find resources and sample posts on topics such as pregnancy; new parents, breastfeeding/chestfeeding, and early infancy; children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN); chronic conditions; justice-involved women; information for healthcare providers in MCH; and more.


–Visit the Quick-Guide webpage

–Download the flyer (pdf)

–Download the flyer (png)

–Link to the Quick-Guide announcement

2. MCH Students Supporting State Title V Efforts

Congratulations to first year MCH student and Center Research Assistant Emily Reimer, who was accepted into the Title V Internship Program! Each summer, the National MCH Workforce Development Center supports teams of MCH students to participate in internships in state Title V programs. Each two-person team consists of a graduate MCH student from a Center of Excellence in MCH Maternal, and an MCH student from either an MCH undergraduate Pipeline program or from an MCH graduate public health Catalyst program. Emily will be working right here with the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Title V program staff. Congrats, Emily!

3. Student Spotlight: How Did Bianca Zarders Facilitate the Work of a Vision Health Task Force?

Bianca shares her experience working with Minneapolis Public Schools and the Early Childhood Screening program. Through meeting facilitation, conferences, and task force creation she learned the importance of vision health and, specifically, how vision health is an important component of public health.

-To read the full Spotlight

4. Week of the Young Child (April 11-17, 2020): Supporting Minneapolis Children and their Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Did you know that the Center is a part of the Minnesota Vision Health Task Force? The Minnesota team is one of eight selected to participate in a Better Vision Together- Community of Practice, which is convened by the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH). The goal of this two-year project is to improve vision and eye health in the at-risk, minority, and vulnerable populations of young children.

In this month’s Task Force Member Spotlight Deby Ziesmer, a Fellow at the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB), discusses how to support Minneapolis children and their families, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. National MCH Trainee Blog Post: Competency 12–Policy

Marieh Scales (Emory University) details the history of reproductive justice and abortion access in Georgia, as well as her work as a graduate research assistant on the Georgia Access to Medication Abortion project. Her initial results show that Georgian residents, and specifically Black and Latinx women, are often confused about abortion policy changes and many think that legal abortion is no longer available in Georgia. This work highlights how policy change and complicated processes can create barriers to healthcare access.

-To read the full post


6. Pregnancy, Birth, and Infant Outcomes Among Women Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This retrospective cohort study compared pregnancy outcomes, birth characteristics, and neonatal outcomes of deaf and hard of hearing individuals to a non-deaf and hard of hearing control group. The results show that deaf and hard of hearing women are at an increased risk for a myriad of pregnancy and birth complications including: higher rates of diabetes (pre-existing and gestational), pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, low birth weight, and preterm birth.

-To access the full article

7. A Novel Approach to Postpartum Contraception Provision Combined with Infant Care: A Randomized, Controlled Trial

Using a randomized control trial, this study evaluated whether postpartum contraceptive services at well baby visits increased the rates of long acting reversible contraception (LARC) use and ultimately decreased short interpregnancy intervals. Although 73% of the intervention group liked the access to contraceptive services a lot, there was not a significant uptake of LARCs by the intervention group in comparison to the control group.

-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.

8. Webinar: Pathways to Resilience During Times of Change

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 12:30 PM CST

Join this session with Theresa Nutt, Co-Director of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching program at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. This webinar will offer an opportunity for participants to reconnect with themselves while trying out practices and skills that are simple to remember, easy to apply, and nourishing for the whole being.
-To register and learn more

9. Webinar: Communicating Science to Reduce Health Disparities in a World of Communication Inequalities

Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST

Communication inequalities are an enormous threat to health and well-being in the 21st Century for individuals, families, and communities. This lecture, sponsored by the UMN’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences, will illuminate the reality of communication inequalities and the serious health consequences. By focusing on the communication needs of the poor and underserved, this lecture will offer concrete and responsive strategies for reducing communication inequalities to advance individual and population health. CE credits are available.
-To register and learn more

10. Queer and Trans Black Indigenous People of Color Conference (POSTPONED)

Originally scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2020, this event has been postponed.

-To learn more

11. Webinar: Our Invisible Guardians Documentary—Exclusive Advance Screening

April 21, 2020 | 3:30 PM CST

Public health professionals have been working tirelessly for over a century to save our lives and improve our health. Following the screening, a panel of experts will discuss how to harness the power of storytelling to make an invisible field come to life. Remote viewing information is not yet available. Please check the event link for updates.

-To register and learn more

12. Webinar Series: Disability Equity by Design

Wednesdays May 6, May 13, and May 20, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

This three-part webinar series will explore concepts that shape the disability experience and practical applications to the online environment that contribute to equitable learning experiences. These webinars are presented by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) President-Elect, Amanda Kraus, and sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium. Webinars are designed to be taken in sequence but can be done individually.

-To register and learn more


13. Tool: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

The UMN's CIDRAP COVID-19 Resource Center provides a deep well of information for public health experts, business preparedness leaders, government officials, and the public. The website hosts a variety of tools, including maps, podcasts, and news resources. Users can also search for information by keyword.

14. Blog Post: Pregnancy and Heart Disease

Drs. Brett P. Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health and Dorothy Fink, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) discuss the Best Valentine’s Day Gift: Saving a Heart.

15. Brief: When Home Does Not Offer Shelter–Partner Violence in the Time of Pandemics

What if home is not a safe place under normal conditions, and is especially so during a pandemic? Our colleagues at the University of Illinois-Chicago Center of Excellence in MCH address the research and provide resources for those who may be experiencing intimate partner violence.

-To access the brief

16. Webpage: Mitigating the Implications of Coronavirus Pandemic on Families

The Research to Policy Collaboration is actively collecting and disseminating research-informed solutions about impacts of the COVID-19 on children and families to policymakers. Visit their COVID page and read their weekly newsletter for more information.

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