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Partnering with Rural Leaders

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Part of dismantling the ivory tower is going out into communities and building lasting relationships. We partner with community leaders through various programs and initiatives to build capacity for ensuring the health of their communities in the long term.

Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health) is one such example. Now in its third year, the program provides community leaders in rural Minnesota with year-long health policy and leadership training. Mentored by University faculty and staff, program participants identify local challenges, build leadership skills to address these challenges, and develop and share a policy proposal with relevant decision makers. Learn more about the new cohort for 2023-24 who aim to advance health equity, improve access to mental health services and resources, and address racial and cultural disparities for rural communities.

Another example is our efforts to advance rural health in Greater Minnesota. Led by Associate Vice President for Global and Rural Health Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH, we are partnering with community leaders and clinical partners to expand training options across the state, and developing strategies to address the needs of rural Minnesota and increase our ability to support the providers and teams who work there..

Partnering with rural leaders has
long-lasting and growing impact on the state of Minnesota. We’d love to hear how your work intersects with rural workforce development. Are there connections you want to make with rural community members? We recommend reaching out to the Rural Collective member list and building upon already established partnerships.

Driving Innovation & Discovery

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Request for Proposals: MN Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics

This state of Minnesota funded initiative provides support for innovative research conducted by collaborative teams from the U of M and Mayo Clinic. LOIs are due July 11.

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Mentoring Excellence Training Academy

Register by June 7 for the Summer 2023 Mentoring Excellence Training Academy (META).
Open to faculty investigators who hold appointments in any of the U of M's health sciences schools, META is an opportunity for professional development and improving research mentoring skills. Spots are limited.

Advancing Interprofessional Education & Training

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Join the Center for Interprofessional Health for the New WILD Series

The next WILD (Workplace Interprofessional Learning & Development) Series continuing education offering is focused on communication. Participants build interprofessional skills as a preceptor and health professional through five actionable weekly emails and a group debriefing session, which is a chance to learn with, from, and about colleagues from a myriad of health professions. Registration deadline is June 1.

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Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults

For older adults, opioid use disorder (OUD) is a growing problem. Medicare data suggests that, since 2013, the estimated rate of OUD in older adults has increased by more than 300% overall in the U.S. Working with the Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (MN-GWEP), Robert Levy, MD, authored MN GWEP’s recently launched Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults toolkit, which includes a free online interactive module for health professional students to learn how to recognize opioid use disorder and symptoms of withdrawal.

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Instructors: Include this Interprofessional Activity As You Plan Fall 2023 Classes

The Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition provides a learning opportunity for teams of undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines to gain simulated experience in creating a care plan for a complex older patient with multiple chronic health conditions. Consider offering optional credit or up to 12 clinical hours in your Fall 2023 course syllabus. Interprofessional teams are assigned a faculty or community expert coach and work together over four weeks to create and present an innovative 20-minute case presentation. The competition will be in late September through early November. The Competition is approved as part of the 1Health interprofessional education curriculum.

Ethical Issues in Pediatrics

Ethical Issues in Pediatrics

This on-campus course consists of robust classroom discussions using real pediatric cases and examines some of the most pressing ethical issues faced by clinical teams, patients and families, and ethics consultants. Fall registration is open.


U-Wide Events

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June 7: Bakken Center Mindfulness Programs Information Session
Get an introduction to mindfulness meditation and learn about the benefits of a mindfulness practice.


Goldy vs Cancer

June 8: Symposium on Viruses and Cancer
This symposium from the Institute for Molecular Virology will highlight current research in cancer virology and virus-mediated cancer therapy (e.g., viral vectors, oncolytics).

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