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Little Eyes, Big Eyes Awareness Campaign

Spread the Word! The Minnesota Vision Health Task Force has created awareness campaign materials to share and promote vision health for Minnesota Native American communities through: Find more vision health resources for… (coming soon) Host a Screening Event: The Little Eyes, Big Eyes Project aids Native-serving health clinics and community organizations to increase vision screenings […]

State Laws on Adequate Nutrition for People Who Are Pregnant While Incarcerated

A State Policy Brief from the National University-Based Collaborative on Justice-Involved Women & Children (JIWC) March 2024 Executive Summary: No federal statutes cover prenatal nutrition for incarcerated pregnant people and fewer than one-third of U.S. states have passed laws requiring health-promoting nutrition policies for pregnant people who are incarcerated. Of the 16 states that have […]

State Laws on Substance Use Treatment for Incarcerated Pregnant and Postpartum People

A State Policy Brief from the National University-Based Collaborative on Justice-Involved Women & Children (JIWC) December 2023 Executive Summary: In the U.S., over 60% of incarcerated pregnant people are in custody for non-violent drug offenses. Only 7 states had statutes related to treatment of substance use disorders in pregnant incarcerated populations despite the evidence that […]

Student Spotlight: How is Ruth Arévalo’s Interest in Health Equity and Storytelling/Data Visualization Inspiring the Direction of Their Masters Program?

#UMNMCH student Ruth Arévalo (they/she) (MPH 2024) wrote this reflection on how their community work, nursing career, and deployment have contributed to their career in Maternal and Child Health.  Path to The UMN MPH MCH Program Before coming to the UMN MPH MCH program, I worked for 10 years in the fast-paced environment of the […]

Want to Expand Your MCH Education? Opportunities are Available with MCH Navigator

The MCH Navigator has created the Learning Program resource as they recognize that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to learning, so it offers a growing selection of learning programs to match participants’ educational needs and time requirements. Participants have access to both (1) focused and fast micro-learning (and micro-reflection) programs for when they need to […]

What are Perinatal Quality Collaboratives?

Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) are state or multistate networks of teams working to improve the quality of care for mothers and babies. PQC members identify healthcare processes that need to be improved and use the best available methods to make changes as quickly as possible. PQCs have contributed to  Want to learn more about PQCs? […]

HEAR HER Campaign

CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health is committed to healthy pregnancies and deliveries for every woman. The Hear Her campaign supports CDC’s efforts to prevent pregnancy-related deaths by sharing potentially life-saving messages about urgent warning signs. Women know their bodies better than anyone and can often tell when something doesn’t feel right. The campaign seeks to […]

AIM’s Patient Safety Bundles 

The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) has created multiple Patient Safety Bundles to improve the process of care and patient outcomes related to preventable severe maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. The Patient Safety Bundles “are clinical condition-specific and follow an evidence-based, 5R structure, that when performed collectively and reliably have […]

Native American and Alaska Indian Heritage Month

Educate yourself and others during Native American and Alaska Indian Heritage Month (November). Learn about the land that you inhabit through the Native Land Digital tool, and educate yourself and others by looking into these resources:  Maternal and Child Health-Related Resources:  Article: American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Children Are Overrepresented in Foster Care in […]

New Video Available: Introduction to Coding Techniques

In October 2022, the Bright Spots Mini-Lab hosted Introduction to Coding Techniques with Prof. Johnny Saldaña. The two-hour workshop covered the fundamentals of qualitative coding and specifically explored coding with NVivo. If you missed this event, the webinar was recorded and shared on our Youtube Channel.  The Mini-Lab event was sponsored by the MCHB-funded UMN […]

October eNewsletters Available

Our newest Healthy Generations eNewsletter for October was sent out last week. The Healthy Generation eNewsletter is a monthly emailed newsletter that shares broad Maternal and Child Health (MCH) topics including information about local and national events, training, resources, and research. The enewsletter is designed for Public Health and Healthcare professionals interested in MCH as […]

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In 1989, October was named National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) or domestic violence is very common among all people regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, and also those with disabilities. Research gathered by the CDC shared that “about 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in […]

Website Launch: Our Bodies Ourselves Today at Suffolk University

Our Bodies Ourselves Today has recently launched its new website to uphold the legacy of Our Bodies Ourselves books which began in May 1969 by a group of women in Boston who wanted to gain a better understanding of their bodies, sexualities, and relationships. The original 1970 publication was a 193-page book on stapled newsprint […]