L.I.F.E. for Rural and Underserved Communities: Sharing Strengths, Building Workforce Equity and Shaping Future Professionals

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm CT

12:00-12:30 pm CT | Optional Post-Conference Networking Session


The theme L.I.F.E. for Rural and Underserved Communities: Sharing Strengths, Building Workforce Equity and Shaping Future Professionals was developed based on past participants’ feedback to continue weaving the L.I.F.E. (Leadership, Interdisciplinary, Family-centered and Equity) Framework model, presented last year by Dr. Sharon Milberger (MI-LEND), into the Conference.

Attendees also emphasized their desire to focus Conference content on designing MCH pathways/pipelines and addressing workforce issues in Regions V and VII.

Who Should Attend?

Faculty, staff, students/trainees, doctoral students, post-doc fellows, clinicians and family members (LEND) affiliated with any of the MCHB-funded programs in Regions V or VII can attend.

All attendees must register by Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5:00 pm CT. If you are requesting any accommodations, we ask that you please register by April 22, 2022 so we can plan accordingly.

Conference Info 

Video abstract submission instructions are live! The Conference agenda, presenter bios, networking session info and more details are coming soon.

Registration Details

The registration form will collect your RSVP for both the Conference and the Networking Session (should you choose to attend). Upon registration, you will have the option to download your responses.

Zoom links will be emailed to registrants from mch@umn.edu closer to the Conference date. Please add mch@umn.edu to your contacts/address book, and be sure to check your spam and trash folders.

Your 2022 Conference Hosts

Representing the MCHB training grants at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities:

Planning Committee  

Thank you to the planning committee for their help making the Spring 2022 Conference happen:

  • Kruti Acharya, University of Illinois LEND
  • Katie Arlinghaus, University of Minnesota Nutrition
  • Sara Benning, University of Minnesota COE
  • Zobeida Bonilla, University of Minnesota COE
  • Rebecca Dosch Brown, University of Minnesota LEND
  • Kellie Ellerbusch, University of Nebraska LEND
  • Kristin Flott, University of Nebraska LEND
  • Gabriella Masini, University of Illinois COE
  • Graciela Sharif, University of Nebraska LEND
  • Rebecca Shlafer, University of Minnesota LEAH, COE
  • Jamie Stang, University of Minnesota Nutrition, COE

2023 Conference Host

The University of Nebraska’s LEND Program will host the 2023 Regions V and VII Conference.


Sara Benning: mch@umn.edu

Partial funding for this Conference was provided by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota. The Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant numbers T76MC00005-64-00. This information or content and conclusions of related outreach products are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.