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Advancing Healthy Aging Together

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

At the University of Minnesota, our community of leaders in aging science, practice, and policy are advancing initiatives that enhance the quality of life for older adults.

For example, the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (MN GWEP) provides interdisciplinary education and training designed to address the complex needs of our aging population, while our Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism is discovering ways to therapeutically target aging. Our focus on enhancing geriatric care is particularly impactful in rural and underserved areas to ensure that all older adults receive the high-quality care they deserve.

Through resources like these toolkits, we support health care providers and learners in delivering tailored, evidence-based care to diverse aging populations. A repository of educational resources is also available for anyone interested in improving care for older adults.

On June 24, we will celebrate the third annual Age-Friendly University Day. This hybrid event is open to all and promises to bring lively speakers and engaging conversations on aging and social connections.

Together, we have made significant strides in advancing healthy aging here in Minnesota and beyond. Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to making our University a leader in age-friendly education and care.

Driving Innovation & Discovery

Masonic Cancer Center

MCC Director Search Update
Applications for the next Director of the Masonic Cancer Center are now being accepted. The search is for a highly accomplished, strategic and visionary faculty leader who will advance excellence in research, innovative and multidisciplinary collaboration and partnership with the community we serve. The Director will propel the MCC towards becoming one of the top NCI-designated cancer centers in research and funding.


Mothers Leading Science

Request for Applications: Mothers Leading Science Program
Mothers Leading Science is a year-long transformational leadership development program for research-intensive faculty in the health sciences who are raising school-age or young children. Apply by Aug. 6.

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Apply Now for the Sustainable GeoCommunities Seed Grants 
The U of M is partnering with other universities around the world to launch Sustainable GeoCommunities, a community-based program that will use research to help local communities reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Research and Innovation Office will award four awards with budgets up to $100,000 a year. LOI are due Aug. 30.

Advancing Interprofessional Education & Training

 Kandeija Bagurusi and Connor Oetzmann

OACA Interprofessional Internship Highlight: Telehealth Sustainability at Wilderness Health
Kandeija Bagurusi, BS, from the Medical School, and Connor Oetzmann, MHA, from the School of Public Health, are working with Wilderness Health to create policy briefs to help policymakers create changes that will enhance access to quality health care for those living in rural areas.

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Providing the Highest Quality Care for Older Adults with HIV
The Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program offers the HIV & Aging toolkit, which includes a free online interactive module for health professional students to learn how to provide the highest quality care for older adults with HIV.


Partnering with Communities

Survivorship Picnic

Cancer Survivorship Family Picnic
Join the Masonic Cancer Center on June 21 to celebrate Survivorship Awareness Month. This family picnic is a casual gathering of all cancer survivors and their caregivers, family members, and loved ones. Stop by to enjoy food, treats, games, face painting, and other fun family activities.

U-Wide Events and Opportunities

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A Mindful Mondays Meetup: Qigong on the Lawn
The Bakken Center is excited to partner with the Office of Human Resources Wellbeing Program to bring you A Mindful Mondays Meetup: Qigong on the Lawn at the University of Minnesota’s Farmers Market on July 17.


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Teaching Enrichment Series
Faculty and instructors systemwide are invited to participate in these Aug. 13-29 synchronous webinars focused on practical instructional ideas and strategies to implement in fall courses. Session topics include using generative AI, setting up a Canvas gradebook, designing better discussions, and much more.

MCC at the Twin Cities Pride Festival
Join the Masonic Cancer Center June 29-30 at booths 463 and 464 (in the Orange Zone) to get insight into the work being done at MCC, participate in research, and free sunscreen.

Other News

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We are delighted to extend a heartfelt welcome to President Rebecca Cunningham.
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Communities of practice brings together individuals with shared interests or passions.
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