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Resource: The State of Babies Yearbook 2021

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 […]


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: 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!


Faculty Spotlight: Susan Mason, PhD, MPH

Dr. Susan Mason, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. A social epidemiologist, her research focuses on the public health impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), like trauma, neglect and abuse. Susan teaches PUBH 6341: Epidemiologic Methods I. 1. What inspired you to study public health? I have […]


Resource: Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children in Illinois

This resource, provided by Chapin Hall, shares a variety of information on incarcerated women including: demographic information, descriptions of parenting prior to and during incarceration, information on pregnancy and birth programs, mental health service needs, and more! This resource is comprehensive and a great reference for incarceration facilities, as well as organizations that serve incarcerated […]


Resource: Trading Sex and Sexual Exploitation among High School Students

In 2019, the Minnesota Student Survey included a new question (see image above) for 9th and 11th graders, asking them if they ever traded sex. This resource shares the demographics of individuals who traded sex including gender identity and race. Additionally, this resource shares how the Safe Harbor Law applies to those who are sexually […]


Resource: MN Rural Care Chartbook

The Minnesota Department of Health compiled a chartbook focusing on rural health in MN.  This chartbook defines rural in MN, provides demographic information about rural residents, shares insurance coverage for rural residents, gives statistics on primary and specialty care access for rural residents, shares information on trauma care availability (including driving time), discusses opioid rates, […]


Student Spotlight: How Does Rae O’Leary (MPH ‘19) Hope to Use her MCH Training to Minimize Health Inequities among Indigenous Communities?

An Interview with MCH Student Rae O’Leary Center Research Assistant, Elizabeth Stanczyk (MPH ’19), had the opportunity to interview her colleague, Rae O’Leary, on her research and ground work in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) with Indigenous communities. Read the interview below. Q: Could you tell us about your background and how you ended up […]


Resource: National Survey of Children’s Health October 2018 Fact Sheet

The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), is funded and directed by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Data from the 2017 NSCH is now available.  A brief overview of the 2017 NSCH, and new estimates of key child health indicators, are found in the NSCH Fact Sheet. This voluntary […]


Resource: The State of Obesity of Children in the United States

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has created a visual representation tool for the State of Obesity of Children in the United States.  The website has pulled data from the 2016-2017 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) to demonstrate how obesity impacts various states and communities differently. The obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17 […]


Resource: Measuring Hispanic Families and Households

It is essential that national surveys are representative of the country and demonstrate the needs of all communities. The National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families created this interactive data tool, which helps users understand the extent to which 22 large, mostly national surveys are equipped to measure Hispanic families and households. The tool […]


Resource: 2018 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report

This report, created by the University of Minnesota’s Healthy Youth Development – Prevention Research Center (HYD-PRC),  details the sexual health of Minnesota’s youth. Teen pregnancy and birth rates are at historic lows, with the teen pregnancy rate among 15-19 year olds having declined nearly 71% from 1990 to 2016 and the teen birth rate having declined 65% […]


Resource: HRSA 2017 Health Equity Report

Persistent and emerging patterns of health disparities exist throughout the United States at the national, state, and local level.  The Office of Health Equity, a sector of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),  created the 2017 Health Equity Report, which presents a comprehensive assessment of programs aimed to reduce those disparities and promote health equity. The report addresses […]


Resource: National Research Center on Hisp

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families recognizes the difficulties in finding  the appropriate data set to use in research.  In order to organize the data sets in a functional manner, the Center has created an interactive toolkit. The Center reviewed numerous data sets for the toolkit to consist of the following topics:  Unpacking […]


Resource: 2018 Interoperability Standards Advisory

As technology continues to emerge in the world, the need for standards and regulations of health technology use continues to increase. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the 2018 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) to address these current issues.  The Oxford Dictionary defines interoperability as “the ability of computer systems […]