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Clinical Connections: Minnesota on a Global Stage


As a land-grant University, we talk a lot about our responsibility to Minnesota and our communities within the state, but we are part of the larger global community as well. The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) focuses on global health efforts through programs in Uganda, Mfangano Island in Kenya, Thailand, China, and India, among other places. CGHSR trains students on the worldwide implications of climate change and health, and in disaster response through the Humanitarian Crisis Simulation. It provides a home and grants resources for global research efforts as well. By developing health solutions unique to specific locations, we not only improve health there, but improve our understanding of how to help our local communities.

The CGHSR has many strengths, among them its truly interdisciplinary nature, its ability to develop relationships with other people and cultures, and the depth of its mission of social responsibility.

On November 18, the CGHSR presents its 3rd Annual Quie and Peterson Global Health Lecture at the Weisman Art Museum with keynote speaker Dr. Dennis Carroll formerly of USAID Global Health. His topic is “The future is coming! Are we prepared? Six mega-trends and their implications for global health in the 21st century.” It can be difficult to find time in a busy schedule for a lecture, but an opportunity of this magnitude is truly not to be missed. We will all be impacted by the global changes ahead, and this is a chance to learn first-hand how we can best strategize our future efforts. Sometimes it is a more efficient use of our time to hear from an expert than to have to try to gain this knowledge individually. Please follow the link and RSVP if you are able to attend.
Thank you,

Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH
Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility
Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
VP for Clinical Affairs 

Paying it Forward: Lessons from the Minnesota Project

The Minnesota ProjectThe University has a long history of partnering with countries around the world, but not many Minnesotans know about the Minnesota Project. The six-year program lasted from 1955 to 1961. It was a partnership with Seoul National University that influenced modern medicine in South Korea.

How does the University continue a legacy of global partnership? The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) is invested in a mutual exchange of knowledge, where people learn from each other and take the time to build relationships. Rather than extractive research or short-term aid, the center pushes for creating something far more sustainable. They partner with Kabul University of Medical Sciences in Afghanistan to improve clinical, educational, professional and leadership skills for health sciences faculty. CGHSR also partners with the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) to build capacity around performing health screening and health assessments for U.S. bound refugees.

Serving the Community

Dr. Tolar at Many Faces of Community VP Jakub Tolar spoke at the Many Faces of Community Health, a two-day conference on improving care and health equity in underserved populations and among those living in poverty. “The University of Minnesota is charged with the responsibility of serving our state and serving the people who live here. I am a huge fan of the Community-University Health Care Center. They are a model for patient-oriented care delivered within the community,” he said.

Do you have a BOLD idea for how to serve your community? Funding from the BOLD Ideas grant program is helping CUHCC gather and ennoble community influencers, those with lived experiences, and University departments, to envision and plan a compendium of environmental and policy approaches to address healthcare, housing and optimal healing for individuals and families.

Upcoming “Clinical Affairs and U”

cup of coffee Thursday, Dec. 12, 2:00-2:30 p.m., R475B ChRC

Why should you attend? Our equivalent of “office hours,” these 30-minute open invitation sessions are opportunities to bring up any questions, ideas, or topics related to clinical affairs here at the University. Each session will feature a different local coffee shop, so come prepared to enjoy a good cup of coffee along with great conversation!




FREE Webinar: Cultivating Gratitude

SunsetJoin the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing for an introduction on cultivating gratitude on Nov. 19. Practicing gratitude not only makes you feel good–it also has a positive impact on your relationships and sense of wellbeing. Research indicates that gratitude may lower blood pressure, improve immune function, reduce cardiac inflammation, increase happiness, and decrease depression.

What will I learn if I attend this webinar? In this session led by Bakken Center Mindfulness and Wellbeing Instructor Mariann Johnson, you will explore ways to cultivate gratitude and learn simple techniques for practicing gratitude in your everyday life, at work and at home.

M Simulation Prepares Students for the Real World

simulation activity with studentsM Simulation offers an HHD2 Transfusion Medicine program for students to work in teams of five while interacting with a SimMan 3G who presents as a patient with various symptoms. This is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Surgery, Anesthesiology and Transfusion Medicine. It is an opportunity for students to be in the driver’s seat with regards to stabilizing their patients and teaches them to have a wider focus through open and effective communication with their team.

What opportunities does M Simulation offer for me? The team at M Simulation have unique professional experiences and training to complement your clinical and professional expertise. They welcome collaboration with faculty and health care providers to develop simulations that are customized to meet specific educational needs.

Global Health Case Competition

Global Health Case CompetitionThe Global Health Case Competition on Feb. 21 is hosted by the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. It is a unique opportunity for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students from multiple schools and disciplines to come together to develop innovative solutions for 21st century global health issues. They are seeking faculty, staff, post-docs, and residents interested in coaching a team in January.

Where can I learn more? Visit the Global Health Case Competition webpage.



BOLD Idea: Learning Health Care Network to Connect Rural Minnesota

farmTo bridge the health disparity gap between rural and urban Minnesotans, colleagues from the Medical School Duluth campus, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and Clinical and Translational Science Institute are working with rural communities to develop a learning health care network to address the lack of access to research and education in greater Minnesota.

What’s next for the learning health care network? Their six-month deliverables include: identifying and cataloging existing state networks for potential collaboration; conducting listening sessions/engagement activities at four northern and four southern rural healthcare sites; developing a strategic plan using information from the listening sessions to identify funding opportunities and sustainability for the network.

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