people in line at a food distribution event

Community Driven Care

VP Jakub Tolar

As a land-grant institution, we are charged with service to our state, but how do we provide this? How do we know, not just what we want to offer, but what our communities want and need? This is especially critical in a state as diverse as ours, and this is a question that we are all actively exploring.

In OACA, there are a number of excellent models demonstrating how to learn and get input from the people we are committed to serving. Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC), located in the heart of the Phillips neighborhood, is a multi-disciplinary clinic that offers a broad range of health care, as well as legal and other support. Their motto is: “Community-driven care.”

In Service to the Community


And their community includes patients from many different countries, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In addition to CUHCC’s collaborative whole-person, whole-family approach to care, their governing board is led by community representatives. Learn more about CUHCC’s board chair, Jewelean Jackson, and the way the community and clinic are working together to solve health care inequities and barriers to access.

Examples of these efforts include an outreach program providing mobile COVID-19 testingorganizing donations for its neighbors, and continuing a collaborative care program for the Indigenous community.

CUHCC demonstrates the importance of building meaningful relationships with communities and including them in decision-making. CUHCC's commitment to community driven care is a model we can all learn from.

Thank you,

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Vice President for Academic Clinical Affairs

Damien Fair

MIDB Co-Director Damien Fair Selected for Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

Damien Fair, PA-C, PhD, is one of two University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty named a fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation this year. Fair is a recipient of the "genius grant" that is given to faculty who illustrate originality and creative pursuits in their field of study. The Redleaf Endowed Director of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, Fair has extensive research expertise in brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience, and is renowned for his collaborative and engaging leadership.

Native America community leaders

Community Protectors

Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC), Native American Community Clinic (NACC), and Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) hosted a gratitude lunch for members of the American Indian Movement who watched over the Philips and Seward neighborhoods and protected neighborhood centers during the civil uprising in June.

Elderly woman

Transformation in Clinical Education: Telehealth in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The need for clinical education to train future health care professionals doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Learn how interprofessional collaboration was critical to the success of implementing telehealth as a new model for clinical education.


Elderly dental care

Geriatric Oral Health and COVID-19: Old Problems, New Challenges, Part 2: Case Studies

Join the Oral Health Interest Group of The Gerontological Society of America Oct. 16 for part 2 of the discussion, Geriatric Oral Health and COVID-19: Old Problems, New Challenges. Panelists will engage participants on how the interprofessional health care team can help older adults and care partners address geriatric oral health issues in the community and long-term care facilities, additional research opportunities that may emerge post-COVID-19, and real-world innovations for improving oral health care for older adults in the COVID-19 era and beyond.

charting the path to health equity

Charting the Path to Health Equity: A 20/20 Review of the Political Determinants of Health

Join the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility for their annual Quie & Peterson Global Health Lecture, which will be held virtually on Oct. 26. Featured speakers will highlight the ways in which political determinants of health have a far greater impact on our ability to achieve health equity than we may realize, and how the long lasting impact of decisions made by political leaders can influence the health of generations to come.

Abstract pentagons

Register for the 2020 Ovarian Cancer Midwest Focus Virtual Conference

The 2020 Ovarian Cancer Midwest Focus Conference (Nov. 5-6) will focus on basic science, translational and clinical topics on ovarian cancer, and will offer sessions on emerging topics including Early Detection, Immunotherapy, Novel Therapeutics, Metabolism, Preclinical Models of Ovarian Cancer, Personalized Medicine, Microenvironment, Epigenetics, PARP Inhibitors, Chemoresistance, Combination Therapy, Clinical Studies, Technology Commercialization, and Career Development (virtual lunch and learn).

cancer center survivorship research forum

Save the date: Cancer Center Survivorship Research Forum
Join the Masonic Cancer Center April 15-16, 2021 at the inaugural Cancer Center Survivorship Research Forum and explore the needs and care of cancer survivors, hear from expert clinicians and researchers, and network and collaborate in a hybrid format.

Other News

20 Years of HERO
We are filled with profound gratitude and admiration for the incredible work accomplished over the years.
Nhi Lang, Claire Nash, and Margaret Perry
They're working to extrapolate outcome measure data to determine the effectiveness of treatments.
Clinical care at CUHCC
Integrating primary care, dental care, mental health, and social support, the U’s Community-University Health Care Center is a vibrant…