Telling the story of America’s babies is more important than ever. The State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 shows us that, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the littlest among us did not have the supports they needed to thrive. As a result, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the conditions that contribute to babies’ development and families’ stability. Black and Brown babies and babies […]
Author: Emily Reimer
Technical Assistance (TA) Corner: March 2021
Child Obesity Prevention Efforts: Solutions from Families and Communities March is National Nutrition Month, which focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The Center provides TA on many topics, including nutrition. The Bright Spots Mini-Lab Positive Deviance Project is one example that is bringing collaborative […]
Resource: Recording of Racial Disparities at Every Stage of COVID-19: Infections, Hospitalizations, Death Rates… and Now the Vaccine
This 90-minute webinar shares how racial disparities and health inequities have multiplied the effects of COVID-19 including: infection rates, hospitalizations, and deaths. Additionally, the webinar panelists address the challenges facing COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration.
Resource: The Brain Architects: Connecting Health & Learning (Part II)
Check out this The Brain Architects podcast episode titled: Connecting Health & Learning (Part II). The podcast guests discuss policies relevant to prenatal to three and how these policies can improve social determinants like poverty, community violence, and racism.
Resource: Why Do We Focus on the Prenatal-to-3 Age Period?: Understanding the Importance of the Earliest Years
This research brief provides information on why the prenatal to 3 year period is sensitive. It specifies what conditions enhance family health during this period and how parents/guardians can be supported. Finally, it describes institutional changes that can improve child care.
Resource: What’s It Like Videos
The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) created 3 short “What’s It Like” videos focusing on adolescent perspectives. Topics include: physical activity, healthy relationships, and positive youth development. Watch them here!
Resource: Seminar on Disrespect and Abuse During Pregnancy Care
The Maternal Health Task Force in conjunction with Dr. Ana Langer, Professor of the Practice of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dr. Eugene Declercq, Professor of Community Health at Boston University School of Public Health spoke to disrespect and abuse during pregnancy in this seminar recording.
Resource: Bedtime Routines That Work!
Positive Parenting posted a video clip and narrative about bedtime routines that are scientifically backed. The routines include: 1) giving children a healthy snack, 2) hygiene practices, and 3) reading, singing, and physical contact before bed. Learn more about bedtime routines and their impact from this resource!
Resource: The Brain Architects Podcast – Connecting Health & Learning Part I
This episode of The Brain Architects podcast addresses how early childhood development and lifelong health are intertwined. It specifically explains how biological systems respond to stress and how stress effects the prenatal period, and early years of life.
Resource: Maternal Health Page Hosted by the Office of Women’s Health
The HHS Office on Women’s Health has launched the Maternal Health site on Womenshealth.gov! It highlights resources such as the HHS Maternal Health Action Plan, the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve Maternal Health, and two innovative competitions to address maternal health disparities.
Resource: MN Association for Children’s Mental Health Caregiver Resources Page
The MN Association for Children’s Mental Health has created a Caregiver Resources page. It was developed for parents, caregivers, and family members to support children’s and their own mental health. Resources include: factsheets and videos and topics include: attachment, childhood development, and trauma. More topics will be added over time!
Resource: Preparing A 2-Week Emergency Food Supply
Have you ever wondered how to prepare for an emergency? This resource, shares exactly how to plan 2 weeks of emergency meals. It explains where to store certain items, lists a 2 week menu and shopping list, and shares recipes.
Resource: Guide to Child and Teen Checkups/Preventive Health Care for Justice Involved Youth
This guide, published by MDH, shares the challenges that justice involved youth face in receiving preventative care. The opportunities and resources to fill this gap in care are documented in this guide, including specific recommendations.
Resource: When The Headlines Won’t Stop, Here’s How To Cope With Anxiety
This resource shares three ways to cope with anxiety related to headlines. Although it mentions COVID-19 and election headlines, the techniques can be used regardless of headline topic. Additionally, this resource uses imagery and words, so it can be readily shared with a variety of individuals.