Bright Spots Mini-Lab

Mini-Lab activities help build the qualitative and mixed methods skills of students and public health practitioners.

Mini-Lab activities foster research and evaluation collaborations to find solutions to MCH public health needs by identifying and employing culturally-responsive, asset-based strategies rooted in the perspectives and experiences of individuals, families and communities.

Spring 2023 Sessions:

  • Parenting Practices and Childhood Obesity: A Positive Deviance Approach with Dr. Junia de Brito
    • Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 11am-12pm CST
    • As we further explore the positive deviance research approach with Dr. de Brito, attendees at this workshop will learn how to
      1. Describe the prevalence of childhood obesity in the U.S and which populations are disproportionately affected by childhood obesity;
      2. Explain the relationship between parent feeding practices and weight outcomes in children;
      3. Define the positive deviance approach to childhood obesity;
      4. Describe how the positive deviance approach to childhood obesity can be used in epidemiological investigations.
    • Dr. Junia de Brito is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. de Brito is a social-behavioral epidemiologist, with interdisciplinary training in nutrition and dietetics, maternal and child health, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Her research is focused on investigating the interplay of structural and social determinants of health and health-related behaviors that contribute to obesity and cardiometabolic health disparities among children of racialized and other marginalized groups.
    • RSVP Here
    • To learn more about Dr. de Brito’s work before the workshop, check out the following publication:
  • Introduction to Digital Storytelling with Allison Myers from the StoryCenter
    • Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 11am-1pm CST
    • Personal narratives are powerful tools for researchers and practitioners alike. They can be used to educate, influence, train, advocate, and reflect in the public health field. Harnessing the power of these narratives is an important skill. This session on digital storytelling from the StoryCenter will be a brief introduction to the process of gathering and presenting personal narratives for public health use. As a leader in the global storytelling movement, the StoryCenter has decades of experience helping organizations and individuals bolster their storytelling skills and we are excited to feature them at the Mini-Lab.
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Past Fall 2022 Sessions:

  • Introduction to Coding Techniques with Prof. Johnny Saldaña on Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 11am-1pm CST
  • Positive Deviance with Dr. Alex Foster on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 11am-1pm CST