MCH Student eNewsletter

July 2019

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Hello everyone, hope you are all enjoying your summers!

This will be the last newsletter before we start up in the Fall for the next school year. Keep your eyes on your inbox, though: around August 1st, we'll be sending you info about paid opportunities available only to MCH students!

On behalf of the Center for Leadership Education in MCH,

Abhi Ramesh

We Want Your Feedback!

Input on Timing of Fall MCH Alumni Panel

Last October we convened a panel of MCH alumna (watch the video here) and have plans to do so again. We hope to not only record it, but also to stream it for MCH distance learners and others who can’t attend in-person. When is a good time of the semester to have a panel? What are your preferences around timing? Weigh in here and we'll do our best with scheduling.

The survey closes on Friday, August 23.

Advice for Incoming MCHers

Now that you’ve had a year (or more!) as an MCH student under your belt, what advice or words of encouragement would you give incoming MCHers to help them get excited, organized or prepared for what’s ahead? What do you wish someone had told you? Do you have any tips about moving to MN from out of state, connecting with other distance learners or other suggestions?

Leave your comments in this form and we’ll include in the Fall welcome newsletter!

The survey closes on Friday, August 23.

Center Announcements

1. Minnesota Women’s Health Report Card: A Snapshot of Minnesotan Women’s Health (2016-2017)

There are many local and national data sources that can be accessed to learn about the status of women’s health in Minnesota. However, there is no source that provides Minnesotans with a comprehensive review of the specific indicators of and barriers to women’s health. In order to paint a broad picture of how Minnesota’s women are faring, we have worked with the Minnesota Department of Health to comb through the data and compile the Minnesota Women’s Health Report Card (MN-WHRC), which provides citizens, public health professionals, policymakers and others with a short, visual synopsis that highlights key areas of women’s health.

Thank you and congrats to recent MCH graduate Delali Degbey (MPH '19) who took the lead in putting the #MHWRC18 together!

–Download the Report Card (PDF)
–Visit the MN-WHRC webpage

2. New MCH Trainee Blog Post!

The post features Channon M.L Campbell, a recent MCH graduate from University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health. She discusses her experiences attending the Global Reproductive & Sexual Health Summer Institute and how critical thinking (MCH competency #4) played a role in her MCH journey! Check out her post here.

3. Save the Date for the September Reproductive Health Update and Adolescent Sexual Health Summit!

The conferences take place on September 9 (Adolescent Sexual Health Summit) and September 10 (Reproductive and Sexual Health Update) on the St. Paul Campus.

What have MCHers said about these conferences?

“I thought it was a great experience to be able to hear about unique topics in public health that you might not get in the classroom (ex. masculinity in health, trafficking...), and to also be able to network with other professionals who are working in the MCH field!”

“The [Reproductive Health Update] Conference was an engaging opportunity to learn about health equity and access through the lens of reproductive justice...It was also a great space to make connections with professionals in service organizations and within the Department of Public Health. If you enjoy learning new things and networking, this is a great way to do it!”

These events are co-sponsored by the Center.

Look for more info and registration details on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram accounts.

4. New PHR Feature: MCHer Jessie Austin

The Public Health Review (PHR) is a graduate student-led, online, peer reviewed, open access public health journal that is published by the University of Minnesota Libraries. MCH student Jessie Austin is the spotlight author for the recent March 2019 issue. Congrats, Jessie!

-View her piece here


5. Public Health Review (PHR) Publication Party

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 | 2:30 - 4:30 PM CST

Join PHR in celebrating the second issue of the year. RSVP to this event here.

6. Title V Community Forums

The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Title V MCH Needs Assessment team is hosting community forums to assure community input in establishing its statewide priorities. The in-person events are being held like an open house. You are free to come at any time but MDH will be providing a brief introduction in the first 15 minutes for those that are interested.

Attend in person at locations across Minnesota or via webcast (scroll down).

-View the schedule here

7. U of M Farmers Market

The U of M Farmers Market returns to campus every Wednesday from 11 am-2 pm on the Gateway Plaza, just outside McNamara Alumni Center, through September 25. The market features Twin Cities-area vendors who travel two hours or less to sell a variety of fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables.


8. It's time to #GopherSummer

While the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities is a hive of activity and enlightenment from September through May, it takes on a different vibe during the summer. Traffic dwindles, parking spots abound,and the campus becomes a hot spot for fun and relaxation. Explore this sampling of places to go and things to do.

9. Updates on Immigration Changes

Multiple units and departments at the University are working to use their knowledge and expertise to aid immigrants in our local community and at the border. Learn more about your rights when interacting with law enforcement and available resources.

Competency Corner

10. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Competency #6)

Every month we’ll send you information on MCH Navigator trainings organized around the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. Each competency sits within one of three larger foci areas: self, others and the community. This month we will focus on Negotiation which is a cooperative process where participants try to find a solution that meets the legitimate interests of involved parties; it is a discussion intended to produce an agreement.

-Learn more and test your knowledge of competency #6


11. Researcher Position Available

The project, housed at the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, is seeking a creative applied researcher for the position of Research and Outreach Manager of the Child Opportunity Index.

-Learn more about this position here

12. MDH Community Initiatives Student Worker Position

MDH has a student position available. All graduate students seeking an MPH are encouraged to apply. -View this opening (Job ID: 34034)


The School of Public Health Career and Professional Development Center has provided some information and tips on ‘How to Create an Individual Development Plan.’

-View the pro-tip here

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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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