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: 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: 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: Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare Podcasts
The UMN Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) produces podcasts on a variety of child welfare topics. Each podcast includes an interview on a focused topic. Previous topics have included: meditation, resilience, foster care, COVID-19, addiction and more. Most of the podcasts are 30-45 minutes, with a few podcasts that are an hour […]
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: Guide to Early Childhood Development and COVID-19
This guide, curated by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, focuses on resources and topics regarding COVID-19 and childhood development. Topics include: stress, resilience, how COVID-19 relates to childhood development, and how to support children/yourself through COVID-19 outbreaks.
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: Sexual Violence
This website provides videos, webinars, reports, charts, trainings, and external resources regarding sexual violence. It includes information for individuals working with women, men, and people with disabilities who have experienced sexual violence. Additionally, one video is geared towards survivors.
Resource: Bullying Prevention and Response Training Module
Do you want to learn how to recognize, intervene, and prevent bullying? Check out this module, designed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It highlights the impact of bullying on health and how bullying can lead to internalizing, psychosomatic, and academic problems. Throughout the module, users check their knowledge on topics through quizzes. The […]
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, […]