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PRESS 2016

April, 2017
  • Eunice Areba and Myriam Forster received a Grant-in-Aid award for their project: Promoting Effective Coping among Immigrant and Refugee Adolescents. This community engaged project is a collaboration with the Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC) to examine the prevalence and correlates of substance use involvement, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and coping skills that counteract the negative effects of sociocultural stressors on Hispanic and Somali youth.
  • Eunice Areba won the People's Choice award for her poster "Suicidality: The School Context as a Protective Factor for Ethic Minority Adolescents" at the School of Nursing's Research Day.
  • Gabriela Lazalde won the Best Culminating Project Presentation for her Health Policy & Management MPH project, "Parent Perceptions of Dentists as HPV Vaccinators".
  • Renee Sieving received the School of Nursing Award for Community-Engaged Scholarship.
  • Leslie Kummer tied for 1st at the annual PRESS event for her poster presentation in the Fellow category on “Interpersonal and Structural Determinants of Breastfeeding in the United States” - Research Sponsor: Iris Borowsky
  • Jennifer Doty received 2nd at the annual PRESS event for her poster presentation in the Postdoctoral Fellow category on "Sexual Harrasment Involvement: Connections Matter" - Research Sponsor: Iris Borowsky
  • April Wilhelm tied for 3rd at the annual PRESS event for her poster presentation in the Postdoctoral Fellow category on "Mental Health in Somali Youth: The Role of Protective Factors in Preventing Depressive Symptoms, Suicidality, and Self-Injury" - Research Sponsor: Annie-Laurie McRee
  • Christopher Mehus tied for 3rd at the annual PRESS event for his poster presentation in the Postdoctoral Fellow category on"Testing the Social Interaction Learning Model with Adolescent Substance Use Outcomes in a Prospective Australian Sample" - Research Sponsor - Barbara McMorris
  • Gabriela Lazalde won the People's Choice Award at the School of Public Health Research Day.
  • Leslie Kummer received the J.B. Hawley Research Award for her proposed qualitative research project with MDH/WIC. The project is entitled, "Mobile Health Communication in the Minnesota WIC Peer Breastfeeding Support Program: Perceived Benefits and Barriers."
March, 2017
  • Christen Pentek, LEAH Social Work Fellow, received news that her abstract, When Children Have Rights: Minnesota Secondary Students’ Perceptions of School Police Officers, was accepted for an oral presentation at the International Consortium for Social Development in July 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia!
  • Rebecca Shlafer received the terrific news that her grant proposal, Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Doula Care for Incarcerated Pregnant Women, was selected for funding for a Pediatrics "R" Award. 
  • Andy Barnes and Emily Borman-Shoap, were named "Rising Stars” by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine 
  • Congratulations to all of you who presented your research at the SAHM Annual Meeting in New Orleans last week – an impressive showing once again from UMN DOGPAH
  • A very special congratulations to Lyn Bearinger who received the SAHM Lifetime Achievement Award!
February, 2017
  • Rebecca Shlafer is the faculty recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Health Equity Research Award. She received the award at the 2017 Program in Health Disparities Research Power of Partnerships Awards Dinner & Poster Session.
January, 2017
  • Rebecca Shlafer received a grant from Otto Bremer Trust to improve the mental and physical health outcomes of incarcerated pregnant women and mothers in the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Prison Doula Project.
  • Jen Doty just received word that she received a grant from the Family Process Institute in support of her Early Career Research for “Development of a Parenting Mobile Application with Biofeedback for Latino Parents.”
  • Jenny Oliphant completed her service on the Minnesota Department of Health's Stillbirth Workgroup.  The group was charged with conducting a review of the current methods of data collection on stillbirths, prenatal protocols to prevent stillbirths, available supports for families who have experienced a stillbirth, and providing recommendations to the state's Maternal and Child Health Task Force.  The workgroup was at the request of the state legislature.  Findings were delivered to the Commissioner of Health on Dec. 9th.
  • Marla Eisenberg received the Department of Pediatrics Excellence in Child Health Advocacy award
  • Emily Borman-Shoap received the Department of Pediatrics Excellence in Teaching award
  • Michael Resnick received the Department of Pediatrics Outstanding Mentor award
October, 2016
  • Emily Borman-Shoap, Andy Barnes, and Betsy Murray were recognized as Minnesota Monthly’s Best Doctors 2016
  • Rebecca Shlafer (KL2 Scholar) and Diego Garcia-Huidobro (Translational Research Development Program Scholar) received CTSI travel awards for their outstanding posters and presentations last month.
  • Abi Gadea and Paul Snyder were accepted into the academic year cohort of the Office of Equity and Diversity's LEAD Program.  Abi and Paul are 2 of 28 persons from across the University who will spend the next year exploring the connection between leadership and social justice. For more information on the LEAD program, click here
  • Paul Snyder was also invited to serve on Commissioner Cassellius' ESSA School Improvement Advisory Committee. ESSA stands for Every Student Succeeds Act - the successor legislation to No Child Left Behind. Signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, ESSA provides states with an opportunity to strengthen our efforts to build a world-class system of public schools where all children succeed.
September, 2016
  • Peter Scal was selected for the Clinical Scholars National Leadership Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This award recognizes that our interdisciplinary team crossed professional boundaries and committed to working together to build a culture of health for children with special health care needs across Minnesota.
  • Dianne Neumark-Stzainer was accepted to participate in the 2016-2017 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. This is an intensive 1-year fellowship of leadership training aimed at expanding the national pool of highly qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, and public health.
  • Rebecca Shlafer added another degree to her accomplishments, an MPH. Last month she successfully defended her thesis, Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children: State and National Comparisons.
  • Diego Garcia-Huidobro, fellow in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, was selected for the American Journal of Public Health 2016 Editor's Choice Awards as one of the Best Reviewers of the Year. The November issue of AJPH will feature a column discussing his service as a peer reviewer.
  • Diego Garcia-Huidobro also earned another degree earlier this month, a PhD in Family Social Science. His doctoral dissertation is, From Mothering-Programs to Parenting-Programs: A Mixed-Methods Inquiry to Engage Fathers in Parent Education.
August, 2016
  • Andy Barnes was chosen to be part of the Child Health Research Acceleration thru Multi-site Planning (CHAMP) program. Read more here.
  • Marla Eisenberg  just received an NIH R21 Award, “Health needs of gender variant youth.” The research team includes Amy Gower and Barb McMorris.
July, 2016
May, 2016
  • Laurel Davis, fellow in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, appeared on WCCO Radio on May 15. She shared information on parental incarceration and talked about a CTSI-funded research project that she conducted with Rebecca Shlafer. Listen here.
  • Andy Barnes is the recipient of the University of Minnesota Foundation grant for a study entitled, "Cumulative Risk and Protective Influences, Gene Expression, and
    Developmental Competence in Childhood." The grant will allow Andy and his team to expand the genetic analyses on their 2015 State Fair cohort of 300 children, and to conduct a
    study this summer of 300 additional patients in our Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Autism Clinics to continue to develop and validate some brief measures of risk and
    protective factors that were piloted in the State Fair study.
April, 2016
  • Michael Resnick gave the Max Seeham Lecture on Social Pediatrics at the Topics & Advances in Pediatrics, held June 2nd and 3rd at the Wilf Family Center.
  • Christopher Mehus, fellow in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, is working to address secondary traumatic stress among interpreters. See more here.
March, 2016
  • Diego Garcia-Huidobro, fellow in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, is the recipient of the Cecil J. Watson Award, given each year for the most outstanding research by a physician in graduate training in any clinical department of the Medical School.
  • Research by Rebecca Shlafer and Laurel Davis led Washington County jail to implement changes that will soften the shock for visiting children. See story here.
February, 2016
  • Diego Garcia-Huidobro, fellow in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, is this year's recipient of the Joanna Simer Research Fellowship.
  • Chris Mehus, Child & Adolescent Primary Care Research Fellow, was selected for funding under the Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award Program for Evidence Based Health Supervision Using Bright Futures.

In the News

What happens to kids whose parents are incarcerated, featuring Rebecca Shlafer, April 2017

Minnesota medical professionals work to close health gaps for LGBT patientsfeaturing Marla Eisenberg, February 2017

Beverages Shown on TV Shows May Adversely Impact Youth Healthfeaturing Marla Eisenberg, February 2017

Expert Perspective: 1-in-4 U.S. men has HPV strains linked to cancerfeaturing Annie-Laurie McRee, January 2017

Strong provider recommendation can make significant difference in HPV vaccination rates, featuring Annie-Laurie McRee, August 2016

Shackles off: Care for Minnesota's pregnant inmates is improving, featuring Rebecca Shlafer, August 2016

Children of the penal system learn hope on the dance floor, featuring Rebecca Shlafer, June 2015

The successes of the Minnesota Prison Doula Project, featuring Rebecca Shlafer, April 2015

Adrian Peterson case brings corporal punishment back into the spotlight, featuring Iris Borowsky, September 2014

State takes a gentler approach to pregnant women behind bars, featuring Rebecca Shlafer, August 2014

Calm Hearts, Bad Behavior, featuring Amy Gower, August 2014

Gay Teen Boys More Likely to Use Muscle-Building Steroids: Survey, featuring Marla Eisenberg, February 2014

Pregnant prison inmates find support during birth, featuring Rebecca Shlafer, December 2013

Broken Bonds, featuring Rebecca Shlafer, November 2013

Preventing Youth Violence, featuring Iris Borowsky, October 2013 

Telling partner to diet may trigger unhealthy eating habits, featuring Marla Eisenberg, September 2013

A Little Love Goes a Long Way, featuring Iris Borowsky, June 2013

Teen bullying linked to suicide factors, featuring Iris Borowsky, June 2013