Bright Spots Mini-Lab

The Mini-Lab is a collaboration between the MCHB-funded Leadership Education and Training (LET) Program in MCH Nutrition and the Center. 

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.

Stay tuned for future Learning Lab sessions!

Fall 2024

Tips for Storytelling in Public Health (Parts 1 & 2) with Dr. Richard Krueger

Session 1 – How to Tell a Compelling Story | Thursday, September 19th, 2024 from 11am-1pm CT

In our first session, we will examine the characteristics of effective stories for use in public health. Participants will be encouraged to develop a story on a public health theme.

Session 2 – Tell Your Story | Thursday, October 31st, 2024 from 11am-1pm CT

In our second session, participants are invited to share their stories. Five $50 prizes will be raffled to randomly selected presenters. Stories must be submitted in advance, read aloud in 4 minutes or less, and relate to one of the themes.
Share your story or just join and listen!

Spring 2025

How to turn qualitative insights into compelling multimedia presentations–Quickly with Rich Thau | Thursday, January 30th, 2025 from 11:30am-1pm CT

In this session, participants will learn how to quickly produce accurate multimedia presentations of qualitative research results following the completion of online focus groups. In preparation for the session, we recommend watching two videos to give you an idea of the work Engagious does:

Past Spring 2024 Sessions:

  • Introductory NVivo Workshop with Michael Beckstrand on Thursday, March 21st from 11am-1pm CT
  • Template Analysis as a Method for Rapid Qualitative Inquiry in Public Health Research (Part 2) with Patrick Brady and Dr. Grace Ryan on Thursday, February 8th from 11am-1pm CT

Past Fall 2023 Sessions:

  • Template Analysis as a Method for Rapid Qualitative Inquiry in Public Health Research with Patrick Brady and Dr. Grace Ryan on Thursday, October 12th from 11:30am-1pm CT
  • How to Conduct Online Focus Groups with Dr. Richard Krueger on Thursday, December 7th from 11am-1pm CT

Past Spring 2023 Sessions:

  • Parenting Practices and Childhood Obesity: A Positive Deviance Approach with Dr. Junia de Brito on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 11am-12pm CT
  • The Power of First Person Storytelling in Public Health with Allison Myers from the StoryCenter  on Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 11am-1pm CT

Past Fall 2022 Sessions:

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