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Student Spotlight Series: How Did Hannah McNamee Further her Interests in Reproductive Health and Family Support in the Dominican Republic?

This piece is part of a five part series of Student Spotlights highlighting the applied practice experience of four students in the Dominican Republic during the Summer of 2018. The other four parts of the series include an interview by Elizabeth Stanczyk and experience reflections from Shelby Panttaja, Elizabeth Stanczyk, and Keelin Roche. #UMNMCH student Hannah McNamee […]


Student Spotlight: How Did Kristen Wanta’s RAship Prepare Her for the Real-life Experiences of a Career in Public Health?

A Center for MCH Interview with MCH Student Kristen Wanta Center Research Assistant, Elizabeth Stanczyk, had the opportunity to interview former colleague Kristen Wanta on her experiences as a student and Research Assistant in the University of Minnesota’s (UMN) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program, in which she had the opportunity to present her work at […]


Resource: Learning Module–Building on Campaigns with Conversations

The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) has developed a series of learning modules designed for professionals who interact with families on topics of safe sleep and breastfeeding to supporting caregivers to help overcome barriers to safe sleep and breastfeeding. It is part of a greater trend in public health promotion—utilizing […]


Resource: 10-Step Guidance for Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding all babies for the first 2 years would save the lives of more than 820,000 children under the age of 5 annually! Breastfeeding also has multiple benefits for the mothers. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have issued a 10-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and […]


Resource: CDC Milestone Tracker Mobile App

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a FREE mobile app that allows new parents to assess the progress of their newborn. The Milestone Tracker App illustrates milestone checklists between the ages of 2 months and 5 years, provides tips for encouraging development, and prepares reminders for appointments and developmental screening. Photos […]


Resource: Gender Policy Report on Breastfeeding

Shortly after giving birth, many employed women return to the workplace while still in the process of breastfeeding.  The Surgeon General and National Institutes of Health have called for a more supportive work environment that arranges accommodations for mothers returning after leave.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, provides a section that […]


Student Spotlight: How Did Sonja Ausen Anifrani Use Technology to Improve Maternal Health in Uganda?

#UMNMCH Student, Sonja Ausen Anifrani (MPH 2018), talks about why she chose the University of Minnesota and her field experience abroad in Kampala, Uganda. View all of our Student Spotlights to learn more about the Maternal and Child Health Program at the University of Minnesota.   Read Student Spotlight Archives Interested in learning more about getting a degree […]


Resource: March of Dimes IMPLICIT Interconception Care Toolkit

March of Dimes works to support healthy mothers and families throughout communities.  In collaboration with the Family Medicine Education Consortium, the organization has launched the IMPLICIT (Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants Using Continuous Improvement) Toolkit.  The Toolkit focuses on interconception care (ICC) and is aimed to be used by medical and/or public […]


Resource: Family Voices IMPACT Project Website

The Family Voices IMPACT Project has launched a new website to help families find health and wellness information they can trust, understand, and use in their day-to-day lives. Funded through a grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau, the IMPACT Project focuses on maternal and child health policies and programs for the benefit of all children […]


Resource: Toolkit for Improving Perinatal Safety

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed the Safety Program for Perinatal Care (SPPC) toolkit in order to improve the patient safety culture of labor and delivery units, and to decrease maternal and neonatal adverse events resulting from poor communication and system failures. The SPPC is organized around three program pillars, which include teamwork […]


Resource: Strategies to Limit Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Young Children

Between birth and the age of 5 years old, many stages occur in a child’s development, including the initiation of eating and drinking habits.  As research increases, the impact of sugar on brain development has become more relevant.  In the summer of 2017, theNational Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board gathered in […]


Resource: Title V Integration Toolkit

Various states and programs have successfully used Title V data to adapt their approaches to improving the outcomes of children and families.  In order to spotlight this progress and provide examples for other states and programs, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in collaboration with AEM corporation, created the Title V Integration […]


Resource: National Performance Measure 5 Safe Sleep–Evidence Review Brief and Full Report

Safe Sleep is one of fifteen MCH National Performance Measures (NPMs) for the State Title V Block Grant program. The goal is to increase the number of infants placed to sleep on their backs. Infant sleep position is a serious public health concern as it is strongly related to sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), including […]


Resource: Star Legacy Foundation–Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resources

Every year, October 15th is recognized as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is on this day, and always we are thankful for organizations such as the Star Legacy Foundation. The Star Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to reducing pregnancy loss and neonatal death and improving care for families who experience such […]


Resource: Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Title V–Building Better Systems Issue Brief

This issue brief provides insight into the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant developmental screening activities across the country. It aims to inform public health professionals, partners and stakeholders of different developmental screening-related strategies that could be applied in communities, and to provide connections to states highlighted for their work on this topic. […]