Top 10 Stories of 2021

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Here are our top 10 most-read stories from the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs in 2021.

10. Hannah MacDougall Named Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Fellow 

After growing up in rural Wisconsin and attending college in rural Minnesota, Hannah MacDougall was eager to study and positively impact health in rural areas.

Hannah MacDougal

9. M Simulation Partners with Howard University to Further DEI Efforts in Standardized Patient Training 

M Simulation is collaborating with Howard University to implement and study the effectiveness of a multi-site DEI training program for standardized patients.

person in dental chair

8. Maternal Emergencies Without A Safety Net 

The Monitoring Maternal Emergency Navigation and Triage on Mfangano Study uses an innovative adaptive design to measure delays and barriers faced by mothers and newborns seeking emergency care.


7. Leveraging Technology to Improve Health

Professor David Haynes of the University’s Institute for Health Informatics uses big data to analyze geographic information and spatial data to advance health and address health disparities.


6. Serving Migrant Agricultural Workers in Minnesota 

The University’s Mobile Health Initiative partnered with community-based organizations in southern Minnesota to provide health care services and COVID vaccinations for migrant agricultural workers and their families.

mobile health initiative volunteers

5. Resources for the Caregiver: Dementia Outreach and Education 

As the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia as of 2020. 

Older man suffering from headache, sitting on bed with his spouse

4. New Leadership for the U’s Mobile Health Endeavors 

Opeyemi Adesida’s interest in mobile health stems back to her time spent as a physician in Nigeria, where she worked with state free health missions on mobile pop-up clinics and events focused on providing preventive care and screening to vulnerable populations.

Medical equipment

3. Virtual CPR training: A critical, life-saving alternative during COVID-19 

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the staff at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Resuscitation Medicine quickly realized that CPR training came to a hard stop—and they knew they needed to find an alternative to the vital face-to-face trainings.

CPR demonstration

2. The Upper Midwest Nursing Home COVID-19 ECHO Collaborative Advances Preparedness, Safety and Infection Control During COVID-19 

To address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on nursing homes in Minnesota and the region, the University of Minnesota and Hennepin Healthcare formed the Upper Midwest Nursing Home COVID-19 ECHO Collaborative.

elderly person wearing mask

1. The Ethics of Vaccine Distribution 

Dr. Debra DeBruin’s Q&A on the ethics of vaccine distribution explores how a framework for prioritized vaccine allocation is decided and what Minnesotans should know about COVID-19 vaccine guidelines.

COVID vaccine vials

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