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Global Health is Local Health

VP Jakub Tolar
September 25, 2020

This year we have been strongly reminded that our world is deeply connected. What happens in the corner of one continent impacts communities across the globe. Whether it is COVID-19, reckoning with racial injustice, or climate change, we see that health disparities are intersectional and the health of the collective is dependent on our individual actions.

The University has an experienced resource in working towards health equity in the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR). Led by Dr. Shailey Prasad, CGHSR is marking its tenth anniversary of working to improve health around the world in a sustainable and socially responsible way. Please check out their incredible line-up of events to learn more about how local health is inextricably tied to global health, a subject that has never been more relevant than today:

As excellently demonstrated by CGHSR, true partnership in global health efforts is collaborative and requires a long standing commitment. Congratulations on 10 years of impactful work!

Thank you,

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


Student Clinical Internship Opportunity

The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs is proud to announce our inaugural internship program. We invite applications for an internship position during the 2020-2021 academic year; selected interns will be partnered with a clinical health care system and undertake a project focused on advancing interprofessional practice and education within the system. Application deadline: September 30.<

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2020 IEM Annual Conference

The Institute for Engineering in Medicine is hosting their 2020 IEM Annual Conference and Poster Session on September 29 via Zoom. The conference will begin with welcome remarks by Jakub Tolar (Dean, Medical School) and Mos Kaveh (Dean, College of Science & Engineering) followed by overviews of IEM from IEM leadership. The conference will continue with keynote talks by two distinguished speakers, John W. Osborn, Ph.D., and Beth Pruitt, Ph.D. The purpose of the poster session is to seed new connections across IEM that bring faculty labs together in unexpected ways and to empower our Junior Investigators to generate ideas and form teams to pursue them.

 virology training symposium

Save the date: Wisc-e-sota

The Institute for Molecular Virology will host their 8th annual University of Minnesota & University of Wisconsin virology training grant symposium Oct. 22-23. The virtual conference will feature talks and poster sessions by students, postdocs, and faculty.


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BeWell: A Wellbeing Resource for the Health Sciences Student Community

BeWELL is committed to providing space, activities, and programming to support the cultivation of community and wellbeing in interprofessional health students at the University. Faculty and staff, please share this resource with your students.

BeWELL strives to promote a sense of belonging, community and connectedness that is resonant with and accessible to students across programs, schools and identities and operates with a broad definition of wellbeing, encouraging students to define wellbeing in their own way. By broadly defining wellbeing, BeWELL encourages integration of wellbeing into students’ current activities, as opposed to adding to their to-do lists.

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COVID-19 Training for the Workplace In support of workplace health and safety and the guidelines of an executive order from the governor, the University has developed a short COVID-19 training model for all faculty, staff, and student workers (PDF). All University employees are expected to complete this training, as required by the governor’s order. Watch for an email from [email protected] with a link to the training.


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