Health systems consistently ask that our graduates arrive for work understanding the different roles in the care team and how to work together in a coordinated unit. That’s why we educate and train our health professional students together and prepare them for team-based care by removing silos and creating opportunities for collaboration among learners from across the health sciences.
One year ago we opened the Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) to students, staff, and faculty from all of our health sciences schools. HSEC deliberately creates space for interactions among students from other disciplines as they learn and socialize with each other. HSEC also provides interactive classrooms, simulation facilities, and library resources that offer active, evidence-based learning.
Because, as Ms. Taubenheim says, “we were designed to live in community with others,” HSEC embodies the commitment by the University and the state of Minnesota to health care education and improving care for people everywhere.
Advancing Interprofessional Education & Training
New: Center for Interprofessional Health
The Center for Interprofessional Health (CIH) is the new home for advancing health sciences interprofessional education and clinical training at the University of Minnesota. Its mission is to spark innovation in interprofessional education, practice, research, and collaboration. CIH also supports the diverse needs of health professions schools, colleges, and programs systemwide in preparing a collaborative, practice-ready workforce to serve Minnesota and beyond.
Partnering With Communities
Few people could have predicted the world would be approaching the second year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, but here we are with the rollout of effective vaccines, new and more aggressive variants, and still many unknowns about what lies ahead. How do we persevere while maintaining health and wellness in the changing tide of a pandemic? Mini Medical School: Health and Wellness During a Pandemic is an exploratory journey of real-time updates on COVID-19, variants, and vaccines, the state of other diseases and infections during the pandemic, and mental health in this “new normal.” Registration is now open.
Driving Innovation & Discovery
Small Grants Available For Community-Engaged Researchers
Clinical & Translational Science Institute’s small grant programs ($2,000, and $5,000) are designed for University and community partners to jump-start their projects that promote health equity for their communities, with help from UMN researchers and resources. Examples of potential projects include convening community experts and leaders to develop research agendas; gathering data, implementing a new program, or measuring results; and creating forums for community input and engagement.
U-Wide Events and Opportunities
CMDC Hackathon: Cybersecurity Threats in a Hospital Setting
The University’s Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity and the Medical Industry Leadership Institute are hosting a hackathon for graduate, professional, and undergraduate students in a variety of fields including engineering, computer science, social sciences and health sciences. Registration closes Oct. 8.
Inspiring Change by Living Sustainably: A School of Nursing Planetary Health Webinar
Join the School of Nursing on Oct. 19 for a planetary health webinar featuring Zöe Pettitis, a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota and an environmental activist currently living in Portland, Oregon.
Public Safety at the University
Campus safety is important and remains a priority for all of us in the health sciences. President Gabel’s Campus Safety Initiative speaks to the comprehensive approach the University is taking, including patrols, the Rave Guardian virtual escort and SAFE walk services. Find more safety tips and resources.