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JIWC Community Spotlight: The Lotus Alliance

The Lotus Alliance is a prison doula project in Columbia, South Carolina. The project’s co-directors, Kaylin Smith and Sadie Whitehead, work in coalition with other doulas, medical students, and doctors to provide support in the Camille Graham Correctional Institution throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Sadie and Kaylin were instrumental in pushing forward an anti-shackling bill […]

New MDH Directories for Organizations Serving Diverse Communities Available

The Refugee and International Health (RIH) program and the Infectious Disease Equity and Engagement (IDEE) unit at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced that the Directories for Organizations Serving Diverse Communities have been updated. The Directories are now formatted in a searchable database that MDH can update regularly. Currently there are three directories available for individuals […]

Strengthen the Evidence for MCH Programs

The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) Newsletter of May 2022 announced the release of the national and agency-specific ESM reviews that examine general trends across the 756 Evidence-Based/Informed Strategy Measure (ESM) detail sheets and action plans from all 59 states and jurisdictions for the 2022 Application/2020 Annual Report of the Title V MCH Services […]

MDH COVID-19 Stories: Celebrating Pride during COVID-19

During COVID-19, staff from across the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have been reassigned to help with the public health response. The featured stories of the COVID-19 Stories of Community Outreach and Partnership highlight efforts of MDH staff in collaboration with community partners during the COVID-19 response. In Partnering with the LGBTQ+ Community: Celebrating Pride […]

Information About the Infant Formula Supply Shortage

Communities nationwide are experiencing infant formula shortages after a large recall in February. This shortage has left many parents and caregivers concerned about how they will feed their babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a tip sheet for caregivers struggling to find formula for infants or medically fragile children. Key information from […]

New Mental Health Resource Guide

As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, the Public Health Communications Collaborative has developed a new directory of resources to help you communicate about this important public health issue all year. These spotlights resources are guides for public health and health professionals, parents and caregivers, employers and employees, youth, and anyone who is looking for […]

CDC Reports COVID-19 Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.  

Recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series reports CDC’s National Vital Statistics System to look at death rates in the United States and find that differences in death rates still remain between certain racial and ethnic minority groups.  The first report provides an overview of provisional U.S. mortality data for 2021, including a comparison […]

New Evaluation Tool in Child Welfare

The Youth Connections Scale (YCS) is a tool to be used by professional to guide case planning and strengthen youth connections and relational permanence. YCS was developed in order to fill a need in child welfare: To evaluate and measure the increased efforts of agencies to improve the relational permanence of youth in foster care. […]

Supporting Families Impacted by Maternal Incarceration

October 27, 2021 Amy Ard, Executive Director of Motherhood Beyond Bars and Vanessa Garrett, Reentry and Reunification Program Manager, discuss ways to provide direct services, education, and emotional support to families caring for infants of incarcerated mothers. This is the second of a four-part webinar series organized by the National University Collaborative on the Health […]