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Training Videos: Healthy Serve & Return Interactions

A series of five training videos to be used in training of child welfare workers about healthy serve and return interactions between parents and children were developed in partnership with the Institute of Child Development (ICD) and the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED). These in-depth videos demonstrate what “quality relationships” look like in […]

Why Breastfeed?

Download and share a PDF version of the below information.  Benefits for the Infant Breastfeeding is associated with decreased risks for common infant ailments—from colds to ear, nose, and throat infections to gastrointestinal infections—and to the development of chronic conditions later in life (1). Given the substantial body of evidence supporting the benefits of breast milk […]

11th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference: Updates on Women’s Cancer Research

Since its inception, the Center for Maternal and Child Public Health has been a co-sponsor of the Women’s Health Research Conference at the University of Minnesota.  It attracts a regional audience of public health, medicine, and nursing providers and students.  The conference will be held on Monday, September 29, 2014 in the McNamara Alumni Center, […]

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program

University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development Center for Early Education and Development, Irving B. Harris Foundation The University of Minnesota Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Certificate Program is announcing open enrollment for the IECMH certificate program.   The new IECMH cohort will begin in Fall, 2014.  The 2-year certificate offers an intensive, […]

Strong Foundations: Minnesota’s Birth to Three Institute for Healthy Development

The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health, the Center for Early Education and Development, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Education are excited to sponsor Strong Foundations: Minnesota’s Birth to Three Institute for Healthy Development. The purpose of this institute is […]

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

The March of Dimes has initiated a new project called Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait (HBWW). This public health campaign strives to prevent factors related to preterm birth, including social, medical and biological influences. Children born prematurely are more likely to have vision and hearing problems, lasting physical and mental disabilities, and learning delays […]

Healthy Homes: Lead Poisoning

Keeping the home healthy: an environmental health issue. But should it also be a concern for MCH? Where children spend time eating, drinking, playing, doing homework and sleeping, should the MCH field focus on how living spaces may influence health? Many of the hazards that affect a child’s life course may originate in the home […]

NCS Speakers’ Series Feeding Young Children: The Good, the Bad and the Picky

The National Children’s Study Speaker Series is sponsored by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health and the National Children’s Study – Ramsey County Location. On January 11, 2012, the series offered a talk on “Feeding Young Children: The Good, the Bad and the Picky” by Jamie Stang, PhD, MPH, RD, […]

New Research on Birth Spacing and Child Maltreatment

In connection to yesterday’s blog for increased visibility of child abuse in the U.S., newly published research in the Maternal and Child Health Journal assessing the relationship between birth spacing and child maltreatment may broaden our understanding of how to combat the problem. Rationale: An objective of Health People 2020 states that births should be […]

MCH Call to Action: Child Abuse

Child abuse and maltreatment is a silent and hidden morbidity and mortality issue today. A new report has shed light on this taboo subject, the dramatic statistics we have compared to other countries and the difference domestically between states. Currently, the child maltreatment death rate is 11 times higher than Italy’s and 3 times higher […]

Health Disparities and Children in Rural Areas

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released a report on U.S. rural children and their health, called The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation 2007. Compared to urban areas, children living in rural locations are more likely to face adverse health outcomes. The study uses parental responses from […]

Videos available from May 2011 Symposium on Children’s Mental Health

2011 Public Health Symposium on Early Childhood Mental Health Translating the science of early experiences into culturally informed policy and practice Keynote Speakers included: Robert Anda, MD, MS, Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention Atum Azzahir, Powderhorn/Phillips Cultural Wellness Center Diane Benjamin, MPH, FrameWorks Institute Ed Ehlinger, MD, MS, Commissioner of Health, Minnesota Megan Gunnar, […]

Fixing Fast Food

A fresh viewpoint on food and obesity in the United States by Mark Bittman of the NYTimes: Focusing on claims that fast food is cheaper than buying groceries, Bittman compares food prices via graphics and data. An interesting aspect of the article is that the author focuses on cultural changes in cooking. He argues […]

The ACA and U.S. Neonatal Mortality Rate

In light of the recent ambiguous rulings toward the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Circuit Courts, this contributor decided to write about implications for Maternal and Child Health. Neonatal mortality, defined as deaths <28 days of age per 1,000 live births, is the focus of a study published in August by […]

Public Health Symposium – May 2011

The Center for Leadership in Maternal and Child Public Health, in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Children’s Mental Health, the Human Capital Research Collaborative and the Minnesota Community Foundation Project for Babies, is pleased to announce the 2011 Public Health Symposium on Promoting Early Childhood Mental Health:  Translating the science of early experiences […]