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Transforming Rural Care Together

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Across our health sciences, we have decades of experience in equitably advancing rural health in Minnesota through interprofessional education, research, prevention and care, and community engagement. Together, we are uniquely positioned to address rural health for communities throughout the state and ensure that every Minnesotan has access to high-quality health care. 

Here are a few recent examples of U of M experts working across disciplines to improve rural health:

  • Agricultural Safety and Health: The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is a collaboration of diverse experts working together to improve the health and safety of agricultural workers through research, education, and prevention. They’ll offer live farm safety demonstrations at the upcoming Minnesota Farmfest.

  • Combating Neurodegenerative Disease: The multi-disciplinary Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach focuses on the biology and epidemiology of human and animal prion diseases and related disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, and chronic wasting disease in deer. The team travels throughout the state to educate the public about the impact prions can have on animal and human health.

  • Improving EMS Services: A new interprofessional group is addressing the crisis in rural EMS services and invites others who are interested in enhancing these services in rural Minnesota. Contact Lisa Rogers ([email protected]) to be added to a future virtual meeting.

  • Vaccine Hesitancy Reduction: The Extension Department of Families, Health and Wellbeing, in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy, Duluth, and the Minnesota Rural Health Association, is developing strategies to reduce vaccine hesitancy among adults recovering from substance use disorder.

    By bringing together experts from across the University, we can leverage our collective knowledge and experience to create innovative solutions tailored to the specific needs of rural communities and make a lasting impact throughout the state.

Driving Innovation & Discovery

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New RFP: Funding for Discovery Science Projects
The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology & Medical Genomics is now accepting funding proposals to support Discovery Science projects that address critical knowledge gaps in the biology of approaches to human health. Proposals that leverage interdisciplinary approaches and have the potential for high impact are encouraged. LOIs are due July 18.

Connected hands

Join the Opioid Advisory Task Force: Connect, Collaborate, and Contribute
Are you working on opioid and addiction-related topics and issues? Consider joining the Opioid Advisory Task Force. This is a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues across the University, share your insights, and learn about the innovative efforts underway to tackle the opioid crisis.

Advancing Interprofessional Education & Training

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Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration in Nature's Classroom
The Itasca Ecohealth IPE Experience is a transformative educational initiative that transcends traditional classroom boundaries. Since its inception two years ago, the experience has emerged as a beacon of interprofessional collaboration and immersive learning. Over the past academic year, 38 eager learners delved into the intricacies of ecohealth, forging connections with nature and each other.

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Community and Support for Student-Parents in Health Sciences

The Interprofessional Student-Parent Community through the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs aims to provide targeted support and programming that foster connections between student-parents and their families in the health sciences.

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OACA Interprofessional Internship Highlight: Pediatric Preventative Care with Hennepin Pediatric Mobile Health
Chenwei Yan, Rachel Schoneman, and Lyndel Sorenson are partnering with Hennepin Pediatric Mobile Health to design, implement, and evaluate an annual community assessment to identify community health concerns and questions related to pediatric preventative care.  

Mary Kate Leloux

More Than Medicine: Global Health in Local Contexts

Mary Kate Leloux participated in the Global Health in Local Contexts, a course offered by the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, because it aligned with her passion for global health. The course explores community health care, the social determinants of health and issues of equity and social justice. The course will be offered again this fall.

Colleagues in conversation

Invitation to be a Featured Guest Health Professional for IPE Sessions
The Center for Interprofessional Health invites you to join as a distinguished guest health professional and share your perspective and expertise on collaborative practice with two small, interprofessional student groups during this fall’s sessions of Better Together: Preparing for Collaborative Practice.

Partnering with Communities

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Cancer Survivorship Family Picnic

The Masonic Cancer Center Survivorship Picnic has been rescheduled to July 19. This family picnic is a casual gathering of all cancer survivors and their caregivers, family members, and loved ones. Stop by to enjoy food, treats, games, face painting, and other fun family activities.

U-Wide Events and Opportunities

Free wellbeing webinar

Navigating Aging and Serious Illness
Join the Bakken Center on July 9 for a webinar featuring practical techniques for navigating a loved one’s illness while still attending to one’s own wellbeing. The webinar will provide insights to facilitate coping as well as practical tools for reducing stress in the face of serious illness.

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Post-Doctoral Fellows And Early-Stage Investigators: Apply for C2DREAM
The C2DREAM Pilot Grant Program supports post-doctoral fellows and early-stage investigators addressing health disparities in cardiovascular diseases and related chronic conditions in Minnesota communities.

Be Part of a Volunteer Research Team at the State Fair
CTSI's Recruitment Team seeks volunteers for Aug. 26, 28 and 30 to help fairgoers participate in a survey that will provide valuable insight on the public's perceptions of research. Sign up by July 19.

Other News

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