Global Health Day 2024

Advancing Equity in Global Health

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is bringing back its annual Global Health Day, an event that celebrates the global health work of University of Minnesota students and faculty. 

As we approach Global Health Day, we are filled with a profound sense of purpose and commitment to advancing health equity and wellbeing worldwide. This annual event serves as a powerful reminder of our collective responsibility to address the most pressing health challenges facing communities across the globe with both cultural humility and empathy.

Through interdisciplinary approaches and cross-cultural understanding, we can create meaningful change and improve health outcomes for populations in our communities and far away.

I invite you to attend the Global Health Day event on April 18. This year’s theme will focus on sharing perspectives and solutions to advance equity in global health. The event will feature a student poster showcase, which gives students the chance to display their work in global health, and a panel discussion on the basic considerations of equity in global health that will provide strategies for students, researchers and physicians for how to evaluate whether they’re being socially responsible global health practitioners.

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Driving Innovation & Discovery

Masonic Cancer Center

Masonic Cancer Center Secures $20.4 Million Grant Renewal
After a competitive and rigorous process, the Masonic Cancer Center is thrilled to announce that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has renewed its designation as a comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers play a vital role in advancing NCI’s goal of reducing morbidity and mortality from cancer. In addition to the designation, the Masonic Cancer Center has been awarded $20.4 million over the next five years.


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2023 Clinical Training Sites of Excellence Awards
The Clinical Training Sites of Excellence program recognizes community and clinical training partners for exceptional support to University health sciences learners. This year’s awardees include:
  • Annex Teen Clinic
  • Banfield Pet Hospital
  • Essentia Health
  • Fairview Hospital, Clinic, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Services
  • Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC)
  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
  • SMB Disability Solutions
  • University of Minnesota Physicians - Women’s Health
  • University of Minnesota Physicians - Behavioral Health
  • Vail Place
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Spring 2024 RapidEval Call For Proposals
Test your idea for improving health care delivery with dedicated support from research experts through the RapidEval Program from the Center for Learning Health System Sciences. The program offers a unique opportunity for investigators to be supported in generating new evidence on health care practices. Applications for the program are due by April 30.


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Turning Science Into Health - Overcoming Barriers In Translation 2024
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute is seeking to promote projects that will contribute to a more efficient translation of scientific discoveries, ultimately benefiting a greater number of people in a shorter time frame. Have an idea for improving the way scientific discoveries are translated from idea to real-world impact? Apply for funding for your project by April 24.


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Innovation Impact Case Award
This award recognizes research that has led to a significant impact outside of academia and has made a meaningful difference in the community. Two awards of $10,000 will be given to two outstanding individuals or teams that demonstrate the impact and innovation of their research. Apply for this award by May 6.


Advancing Interprofessional Education and Delivery

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Build Your Interprofessional Skills through the WILD Series
Join the Center for Interprofessional Health and your colleagues in the upcoming WILD (Workplace Interprofessional Learning & Development) Series preceptor development offering focused on communication. Participants will build interprofessional skills, identify ways to promote success and establish personal goals for promoting interprofessional collaboration in a clinical learning environment.


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Check Out Collaboration Insights: A Health Professions Blog for Effective Collaboration
Read Collaboration Insight’s new blog post written by dentistry student Adebayo Ibikunleis and medical student Sara Busche about navigating bias in health care. This student-led health professions blog is a hub for information on interprofessional collaboration and education. Learn more about how to become aware of biases in health care. 


Interprofessional Intership Program

Call for Interprofessional Internship Applications
The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs is proud to host an internship program that competitively identifies student interns and matches them to projects proposed by health care system partners. We invite student applications for an internship position during the 2024-2025 academic year. Selected students will be partnered on an interprofessional intern team with a partner organization to engage in a project focused on advancing health and education. Apply by June 2.



Faculty Inducted into National Academies of Practice
Four faculty were recently inducted into the National Academies of Practice. The prestigious honor acknowledges their outstanding achievements and recognizes them as leaders in their professions. This year’s inductees are:

  • Bradley Benson, MD, FACP, FAAP, professor, Medical School
  • Sherry Chesak, PhD, MS, RN, clinical professor, School of Nursing
  • Dorcas Kunkel, DNP, RN/PHN, CNE, CPHIMS, clinical associate professor, School of Nursing
  • Sara North, PT, DPT, MEd, PNAP, associate professor, Medical School

Partnering with Communities

Grace De Boom and Minda Liu

OACA Interprofessional Internship Highlight: Developing Mental Health Resources and Psychoeducation at Wayside Recovery Addiction Center
Grace De Boom, BS, from the School of Public Health, and Minda Liu, BA, MPH, from the Medical School, have been working with Wayside Recovery Addiction Center to create a reference guide of resources for women who have completed their time at Wayside and are ready to return to their homes. This guide is aiming to assist patients by being a resource on topics relating to self-care, parenting, medication management, health care access, and other resources in the community.


Academic Health in Action: Developing Brain Cancer Treatment


U-Wide Events and Opportunities

20th Anniversary

HERO and U of M Medical Reserve Corps 20th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate 20 years of the University's Medical Reserve Corps and campus health emergency response on April 10.


Ethics Grand Rounds

Ethics Grand Rounds
Explore the ethical considerations that arise from the intersection of the cultural landscape and child development in the context of gender affirming care in pediatric patients on April 12.


April 18: Music & Mindfulness
Discuss the power of combining music and mindfulness.

April 25: 2024 Convene Conference
Join the Carlson School of Management for the 2024 Convene Conference: Building the Vision for SmartTech* for Health.

April 30: Community of Practice and Learning: Death, Dying, and Disposition
This Community of Practice and Learning series consists of monthly 90-minute sessions focused on topical areas related to Death, Dying, and Disposition.

May 22-24 Spring Workshop on Generative AI
Join the UMN’s Data Science Initiative for three days of informative talks on Generative AI.


Other News

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The Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO has evolved to serve a diverse mix of clinical and operational leadership from Minnesota’s aging services…
Christina Daniel-McKee, Ana Garza, Jamie Riskedahl, Shawn Savolainen, Dan Wilson, Fatuma Youb
Six community leaders from rural Minnesota have been selected as the 2024-2025 cohort for Project REACH.
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Lauren Weaver, MD, is M Simulation’s newest surgical simulation fellow.