20 Years of HERO

Celebrating 20 Years of Resilience and Dedication: A Tribute to HERO and the Medical Reserve Corps

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

This month marks a significant milestone in our journey of service, resilience, and unwavering commitment to the health and safety of our state of Minnesota. As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Health Emergency Response Office (HERO) and the invaluable contributions of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), we are filled with profound gratitude and admiration for the incredible work accomplished over the years.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, HERO was at the center of coordinating the efforts of people across the University to serve the evolving needs of all five campuses and our community. MRC members were deployed a record 32 times. Their swift action and strategic coordination ensured that our state remained resilient in the face of adversity, safeguarding the health and wellbeing of countless Minnesotans.

We are immensely grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of our faculty, staff and student volunteers who step forward to lend their expertise and support during challenging times. Their efforts make a profound impact on the lives of individuals and families across our state, reinforcing the importance of community resilience and solidarity in times of crisis. Our volunteers embody the true spirit of service, bringing hope and compassion to those they help.

Please join me in celebrating the two decade legacy of HERO and the MRC, and in thanking them for their unwavering commitment to service and their invaluable contributions to the state of Minnesota.


Students: What do you enjoy most about interprofessional activities?

Driving Innovation & Discovery

Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building

Doors Open Minneapolis
Join the Masonic Cancer Center May 18 and 19 for a special behind-the-scenes peek at what they do. Explore hands-on exhibits, meet researchers and hear about their studies, tour labs, and get yourself screened to win a gift. Registration is not required.


CUHCC health care
Integrating primary care, dental care, mental health, and social support, the U’s Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) is a vibrant place of health and healing. Read about how CUHCC worked to implement a unique holistic wellness approach over the years and meets the needs of diverse communities.
data innovation concept

Identifying Child Maltreatment Causes Using Causal Data Science
A new, federally-funded research center collaboration between teams at the U of M and New York University is investigating the use of causal modeling to identify the factors that lead to child maltreatment and its consequences—such as depression, suicidal behavior, or posttraumatic stress—and to identify targeted interventions that can reduce children’s risk for these devastating outcomes.


child with health care provider

Child Health Collaborative Grant
Improve health outcomes for Minnesota children and adolescents with support from the Child Health Collaborative Grant. Since 2014, funding has been awarded to support child health research partnerships among researchers from the community and the U of M. Apply for funding by June 3.


Advancing Interprofessional Education & Training

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Free Teaching Materials on Introductory Aging Content
There are approximately one million older adults in Minnesota, and that number is growing rapidly. Soon the number of adults over age 65 in our state will exceed the number of children. Minnesota's future health professionals need to be prepared. Find free educational materials in MN GWEP’s geriatric education toolkits. These toolkits are designed to provide educators with interprofessional resources for teaching introductory aging content.


Claire Nash, Nhi Lang, and Margaret Perry

OACA Interprofessional Internship Highlight: Enhancing Data Collection at EA Therapeutic Health
Claire Nash, BS, and Nhi Lang, BS, from the Medical School, and Margaret Perry, BA, from the School of Nursing, are working with EA Therapeutic Health to extrapolate outcome measure data to determine the effectiveness of treatments. They are using this data to educate insurance companies on the positive outcomes that EA Therapeutics provides for patients' quality of life and community wellness.


students with back packs

Leadership Journeys: Fireside Chat with Ana Núñez, MD, FACP
These fireside chats bring together U of M health sciences students with experts for candid conversation on leadership, career pathways, sources of joy, and strategies to rejuvenate.


Partnering with Communities

conference with attendees

Caring For People With Memory Loss
Join experts on June 1 in an informative discussion related to memory loss, caregiving tips, and what you can do to help. The goal of this conference is to provide information, support, and education for adult children, spouses, parents, health and community care providers, and others concerned with caring for people with memory loss. This conference is free and open to the public.


Academic Health in Action


U-Wide Events and Opportunities

When Law, Ethics & Medicine Collide: Considering Medical Aid in Dying

When Law, Ethics & Medicine Collide: Considering Medical Aid in Dying
Join the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences on May 1 for a webinar featuring a panel discussion on the law, ethics, and clinical realities of medical aid in dying, in both the U.S. and Canada.

Withdrawing and Withholding: Distinctions and Controversies in End of Life Care

Withdrawing and Withholding: Distinctions and Controversies in End of Life Care
Explore the ethical nuances of withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatments with experts from the Center for Bioethics. This talk on May 21 will discuss case studies related to artificial nutrition and hydration, cardiac implantable devices, and mechanical ventilation.


May 21-22 Telehealth Everywhere 2024
Join The Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center for this annual regional telehealth conference focused on delivering information and experiences that will help drive your telehealth program forward into the future while also providing foundational information for beginners.

JUNE 11: C2DREAM 3rd Annual Health Equity Conference
This year’s conference will focus on creating a space where lived experiences on heart health social (in)justices can be openly shared and discussed among community and academic audiences.

Other News

Nurse supporting patient
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.
Dr. Weaver teaching a Stop the Bleed Station
Lauren Weaver, MD, is M Simulation’s newest surgical simulation fellow.