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Community Driven Engagement

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

You are invited! This fall’s virtual Mini Medical School will highlight Food, Nutrition & the Effects of Substances on Health. This free series will dive into the connections between food and nutrition as well as the health of our planet. I invite you to participate and help promote this and other efforts to take our expertise outside of the walls of our institution to those we serve.

For the past 24 years, Mini Medical School has been developed for and sustained by community members. It’s not only a chance for community members to learn about different health topics and experience what it’s like to be a health sciences student at the University, it’s an opportunity for us to showcase how we are working together to address critical health issues. We ask what topics people want to hear about most and connect University experts from across the health sciences and beyond to share our research and discoveries, tying in timely subjects affecting people today.

Sharing resources like our popular community outreach and education program Mini Medical School matters—it is a way to connect with Minnesotans and provide useful information on health issues affecting communities. We look forward to seeing you there.

Driving Innovation & Discovery

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Write Winning NIH Grants Workshop
Hosted by the Clinical Translational Science Institute, this annual seminar provides insights into proposal-writing for NIH grants and national funding agencies. Designed for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and community research in clinical, translational, or health equity fields, this virtual seminar offers practical and conceptual guidance. Early bird registration closes on Oct. 15.


Improving the Confidence of Health Professionals in the Use of PGx in Patient Care
The College of Pharmacy will host the nation's first Project ECHO program focused on pharmacogenomics-informed clinical treatment. Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is not yet used clinically in most health care organizations, and active integration of PGx into practices is especially a need in rural areas and those primarily caring for underserved groups. PGx ECHO meets monthly. Current programming is free and open to licensed health care professionals involved in direct patient care with a priority for those in rural and underserved areas.

Advancing Professional Educational and Training

IPE Internship Program

Meet the OACA Interprofessional Internship Program 2023-24 Cohort
Meet the 16 students from across the health sciences who have been accepted and matched with core projects co-created with clinical and community partners in Minnesota. The themes of this year’s program focus on strengthening rural and mobile health services, mitigating sequelae of substance use, and supporting our health care workforce.

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Ongoing Engagement for Health Professionals Interested in Interprofessional Education, Practice or Research
With a successful inaugural year of its Affiliate Faculty program, the Center for Interprofessional Health now offers a Senior Affiliate Faculty Program in which participants can deepen their engagement in interprofessional education, practice, and research. Six members from the inaugural cohort of the Affiliate Faculty program have continued as Senior Affiliate Faculty members for the 2023-24 academic year. They will participate in new or continued contributions to interprofessional teaching, innovations, practice, and research initiatives; mentor faculty and students in the interprofessional space; and lead opportunities aligned with faculty goals.

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Register Now for the Local and National CLARION Case Competitions
CLARION promotes leadership and communications skills, prepares students for interprofessional practice and problem-solving, and provides students with a unique way to address health care issues through a student-driven lens. Registration is now open.

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A Unique Opportunity to Solve Global Health Issues
The Global Health Case Competition unites graduate and undergraduate students across disciplines to tackle contemporary global health issues. Hosted by the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, teams of four to six students from three or more U of M schools collaborate to develop innovative solutions. Join the info session on Oct. 18 to learn about the 2024 competition. 

Partnering With Communities

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Celebrating 30 Years of the First Medical Legal Partnership in the U.S.
Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) and Stinson LLP recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of their ongoing partnership. Since 1993, Stinson has provided free legal services for CUHCC patients, many of whom face multiple barriers to optimum health and wellbeing, through the Deinard Legal Clinic. The partnership between Stinson and CUHCC was the very first medical legal partnership in the United States, and kicked off a nationwide movement for health care legal partnerships.

University-Wide Events and Opportunities

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What Matters? – The Foundation of Age Friendly Health Systems
Learn about Age-Friendly Health Systems, and how to build a care plan based on patient/caregiver values and preferences on Oct. 18.

Ethics Grand Rounds

Ethics Grand Rounds: Immigration & Health Equity
Explore the impact of immigration policies on public health, addressing ethical challenges and advocating for health equity for immigrants on Oct. 27.

Oct. 17: 15th Annual David A. Rothenberger Lecture
Learn about the intersection of health care and the impact on economic prosperity.

Oct. 17: The Healing Power of Sound with Marc Anderson
Explore some of the ways that sound can heal.

Oct. 18: From ECMO to Ironman: A COVID Recovery Journey
Hear about the first COVID-19 critical case in Minnesota to survive with ECMO life support.

Oct. 25: Mini Medical School
Explore food, nutrition, and the effects of substances on health during the free, Fall virtual series.

Oct. 25: UMNPrepared: Active Threat Awareness and Response Training
Learn how to respond in an active shooter or active threat situation.

Oct. 30: 11th Annual Cancer Research Symposium
Celebrate research accomplishments and to develop new ideas and collaborations.

Other News

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