Conference Video Abstracts

The following video abstracts have been selected for premiering at the 2022 Regions V and VII Conference of MCHB-funded training programs. All submitted videos, including those below, went live the morning of May 11th, 2022.

Using Formative Evaluation and the CASPER Toolkit to Effectively Develop a Survey on the Physical, Social, and Mental Health of Renters in Bloomington, Minnesota 

Description: This project involved the process of using formative evaluation and the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Toolkit to effectively develop a survey on the physical, social, and mental health of renters in Bloomington, Minnesota. The survey will be administered to randomly selected renters in the Bloomington community later in the year, after receiving final review of the materials and approval from the CDC. Materials were pre-tested by administering the survey to colleagues who are similar to the population that the survey will be administered to. Two rounds of expert reviews were completed to edit the survey for brevity and to ensure the questions produced the data needed to improve renters’ health. After each of the two rounds of evaluation, findings were presented to the research team at the Bloomington Public Health Division for additional edits. The next steps will include finalizing the materials after receiving feedback from the CDC, translating the materials, and eventually, administering the survey.

Presenter: Sydney Meyer

Author: Sydney Meyer, Katie Arlinghaus

Training Program: Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program, University of Minnesota 

Competencies: 4. Critical Thinking, 11. Working with Communities and Systems

Email: meye2292@umn.edu


Using the L.I.F.E. Framework to Develop MCH Leaders in a LEND Program

Description: The Maternal Child Health (MCH) Bureau created MCH Leadership Competencies to support current and future leaders by defining the knowledge and skills necessary to lead in this field. The MI-LEND training program developed the “L.I.F.E. Framework”, an acronym that stands for Leadership, Interdisciplinary, Family-Professional Partnerships, and Equity. This was created to codify the 12 MCH leadership competencies into an easy to remember and easy to apply structure. This presentation examines the impact of the L.I.F.E. framework on MI-LEND trainee leadership development. 

Presenter: Sharon Milberger

Authors: Sharon Milberger, Ke Zhang, Michael Bray, Jane Turner

Training Program: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND), Wayne State University

Competencies: 1. MCH Knowledge Base/Context, 2. Self-Reflection, 3. Ethics, 4. Critical Thinking, 5. Communication, 6. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, 9. Developing Others Through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring, 11. Working with Communities and Systems, 12. Policy

Email: smilberger@wayne.edu  

For more information: http://ddi.wayne.edu/milend 


4-H Inclusive Innovations Project 

Description: The 4-H Inclusive Innovations Project is a collaboration between Minnesota 4-H and Institute for Community Integration. Throughout 2021-2023 the organizations will work together to train 4-H youth and volunteers in Minnesota to support youth with disabilities and to engage new youth with disabilities and diverse youth with disabilities in Anoka and McCloud counties. Email: betolson@umn.edu

Presenter: Betsy Olson Minnaert

Authors: Erika Lamboglia (LEND fellow), Darcy Cole (Extension Educator, EE), Anna Gilbertson (EE), Sarah Hall, PhD, FAAIDD (Research Associate), Charity Funfe Tatah Mentan, PhD,MEd, MA, MPA, LLM (Research Associate), Betsy Olson Minnaert (EE)

Training Program: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND), University of Minnesota

Competencies: 9. Developing Others Through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring, 11. Working with Communities and Systems

Email: betolson@umn.edu For more info: Parent Interview Report


Assessing Title V Capacity for Health Equity Work in Minnesota 

Description: Leadership and staff of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant program at the Minnesota Department of Health are interested in assessing the capacity of the department to effectively implement and carry out health equity work. Two assessments have been conducted to measure this progress. This includes an analysis conducted by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs’ (AMCHP) Healthy Beginnings team and a survey that was administered by the Minnesota Department of Health’s Child and Family Health Division (CFH) to all CFH staff. The results from these assessments have been used to identify the next steps that can be implemented to advance Minnesota’s health equity work.

Presenter: Nicollette Moore

Authors: Nicollette Moore, Kaitlyn Traub

Training Program: Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, University of Minnesota 

Competencies: 5. Communication, 9. Developing Others Through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring, 11. Working with Communities and Systems

Email: moor2087@umn.edu  

For more information: Assessing Title V Capacity for Health Equity Work in Minnesota Handout.pdf


Vaccine Confidence Project

Description: The Vaccine Confidence Project engaged individuals and communities to facilitate COVID-19 vaccine conversations among members, identify barriers to vaccine accessibility, increase vaccine confidence and share credible COVID-19 vaccination information. This work will advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, the social and economic well-being of people with developmental disabilities, their families and support systems. It also responds to misinformation, translates knowledge into accessible formats and shares success stories and lessons learned.

Presenter: Raniya Yimam

Training Program: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND), University of Minnesota

Authors: Raniya Yimam, Brittany Miller

Competencies: 1. MCH Knowledge Base/Context, 9. Developing Others Through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring, 12. Policy

Email: yimam005@d.umn.edu



Other Video Abstracts

Please click on the below to access all of the fantastic video abstracts that were submitted.

Creating A Shared Research Agenda in MCH Across Region 7 Using An Equity Framework

Training Program: SLU COE

Authors: Sabel Bass MBChB, Ri’enna Boyd BS, Maya Tabet PhD MS, Zhengmin Qian MD, PhD, Pamela Xaverius, PhD MBA

Competencies: 1. MCH Knowledge Base/Context, 2. Self-Reflection, 3. Ethics, 4. Critical Thinking, 5. Communication, 9. Developing Others Through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring, 11. Working with Communities and Systems

Email: sabel.bass@slu.edu

Social Media Handles: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, MCH Instagram, LinkedIn #Region7CoE, #Region7TitleV, #SLUMCH, #EquityInMCH


Path PIWDD: Partnering to Transform Health Outcomes with Person with IDD

Training Program:

Authors: Annika Grassi, Belle Khuu, PhD, Milena Bates, William Dyke

Competencies: 1. MCH Knowledge Base/Context, 5. Communication, 9. Developing Others Through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring

Email: grass146@umn.edu

Social Media Handles: Rush University: Twitter, Facebook AUCD: Twitter #Disability #MedEd #DentalEd #NursingEd


Associations between formula exposure, housing instability, and postneonatal mortality among participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Training Program: UMN COE

Authors: Nichole Castillo, Marcia McCoy

Competencies: 1. MCH Knowledge Base/Context, 4. Critical Thinking, 5. Communication, 12. Policy

Email: trump007@umn.edu


Associations between formula exposure, housing instability, and postneonatal mortality among participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Training Program: UMN MCH Nutrition

Authors: Rita Stephenson

Competencies: 5. Communication, 9. Developing Others Through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring, 11. Working with Communities and Systems

Email: steph926@umn.edu