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Engaging collaborators across disciplines and partnering with local communities

The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs leads several initiatives to advance the University’s clinical mission by engaging collaborators across disciplines and partnering with local communities.

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BOLD Ideas

Our BOLD Ideas grant program encourages interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle the complex issues affecting community and individual health.

Brainstorming Sessions

Throughout the year, the OACA hosts a series of brainstorming meetings to bring together expertise from across the University to think through actionable ideas that can improve outcomes for patients, families, and communities.

Child and Adolescent Brain Health

OACA has partnered with world-leading expertise from across the University to create a brain health center that combines clinical and research programs in one place.

Funding Interdisciplinary Collaborations

OACA offers several grant programs to help faculty and others find new solutions to vexing healthcare issues to help create a Minnesota-wide impact that moves knowledge to patients, and advance interprofessional education and clinical care.

Geriatrics and Aging

OACA partners with MNGWEP and the UMN Consortium on Aging to aid in the training of geriatrics team care, and the collaboration across the University to advance aging science.

Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC)

The new HSEC facility has been built to better support interprofessional education and offer a better experience and environment for our health science students.

Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium (MMRC)

The MMRC is a community consortium with a mission to implement a rapid response medical strategy to provide Minnesota the highest survival in the world from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Mobile Health Initiative

OACA provides leadership of this health sciences-wide effort to provide urgently needed community care initiatives to reduce health disparities.

Opioid Advisory Task Force

OACA provides leadership of this University-wide group of faculty that is developing a comprehensive approach to fight opioid abuse and stop the spread of addiction.

Planetary Health and Sustainability

The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs is committed to driving sustainability action internally within the health sciences and externally through collaborations with our community and clinical partners.

Rural Health

OACA’s rural health initiative, is designed to positively impact in clear and measurable ways the health and wellbeing of people and communities in rural Minnesota.


OACA supports many efforts around telehealth. By providing services close to home for communities in need, telehealth has great potential as one tool to address health care disparities and resulting poor health outcomes.