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Advancing health and health care in Minnesota

The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs is the University’s front door for clinical work, research and training. We make it easy for the state, industry and community to partner with the University to advance health and wellbeing across the state.

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Access to Clinical Trials

We work with health care providers across the state who need access to cutting-edge research, including clinical trials.

Clinical Practice Partnerships

We work with partners inside and outside the University to create and foster interdisciplinary collaborations that strengthen clinical practice, pursue new knowledge, and advance patient care. We strengthen workforce skills among University clinical practice entities and health system partners to promote excellent patient care and outcomes, as well as develop and provide outstanding health care across the state.

Clinical Training Partnerships

We work closely with our clinical training partners to ensure our trainees acquire clinical skills and interprofessional competencies through robust clinical learning and simulation experiences.

Our clinical training partnerships across Minnesota, many of them in rural or underserved communities, serve as training sites for our thousands of health science learners. Our partnerships provide hands-on learning opportunities for our students and trainees and put us at the forefront of world-class research and innovative treatments.

Community-University Research Partnerships

Community groups — such as nonprofits, health care providers, and community advocates — can tackle the health issues they care about by partnering with the U of M on research.

OACA Interprofessional Intern Partners and Projects

Community partners are invited to request an interprofessional team of 2-3 interns to engage in a problem-based project. Projects are anticipated to occur over the course of each academic year between October and May, with potential for extension.  Contact: Sara North and Cheri Friedrich with questions and to help co-create project concepts.

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Allina Health

  1. Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families, and communities for all ages, across Minnesota. Interns will work on developing and conducting mental health/wellbeing trainings for employees and assist in evaluation.

Center for Interprofessional Health

  1. The Center for Interprofessional Health (CIH) Co-Lead Intern position serves 3 purposes: 1) Promotes advanced personal leadership development in an interprofessional context; 2) Provides mentorship to and leadership of incoming intern cohorts; 3) Contributes to the advancement of novel interprofessional initiatives in line with UMN Strategic Plan priorities through cross-sector collaboration approaches. Interns will collaborate with faculty, staff, students, and community partners to actively enhance interprofessional initiatives and support quality experiences for a variety of stakeholders.
  2. Interns will develop Care Corner network infrastructure to promote sustainability, accessibility, and quality of individual Care Corners and the Health Sciences Care Corner Network, which aims to have a sustainable and meaningful impact on food insecurity among health professional students. Interns will also develop community partnerships to 1) Pilot the Care Corner model in at least one non-profit community partner site, and 2) explore partnerships with multiple organizations to support infrastructure of the Care Corner network both off and on campus.

Community-University Health Care Center

  1. Improving interprofessional practice care model, a process that brings other clinics together that are doing similar work.
  2. Propose a mentor model with current interns supporting and orienting a new intern and getting them going. Existing interns will teach some of the skills they learned already as the organization works on new projects. Interns will develop templates for trending quantitative and qualitative patient satisfaction data at varying levels, map annual workflow for surveys, and develop structure for reports in the peer review process.


EA Therapeutic Health Project

  1. Interns will use existing historical EMR data to create a data story demonstrating the effectiveness of the services and programs at Exercisabilities. Utilizing existing data and associated research, they will identify and recommend effective outcome measurement tools related to the social determinants of health, readiness for change, health improvement, and quality of life. Interns will implement and evaluate the reproducibility of their data collection process in standard clinic practices.

GuidePoint Pharmacy

  1. By improving inter-professional communications at high risk times, such as transitions of care, we want to help minimize mental health disparities and improve patient outcomes. By utilizing a Primary Care Team based approach, we can implement tools like care plans to expand our outreach to vulnerable patient populations.The project will introduce and implement a communication platform that is easily utilized by the entire Primary Care Team - especially during crisis situations.


  1. Interns will compile and develop resources on Interprofessional education and teaming, create a resource webpage, and develop a teaming toolkit that builds off of the HealthPartners Teaming Framework. Toolkit items will be tested with longitudinal NP/PA students in spring of 2022.

Hennepin Pediatric Mobile Health

  1. Hennepin Pediatric Mobile Health provides pediatric healthcare to families who are hesitant and/or unable to come to clinics or hospitals in Hennepin County. Interns will work on designing, implementing and evaluating an annual community assessment to identify key community health concerns and questions related to pediatric preventative care. 

Hope Network Project

  1. Interns will work with the Steve Rummler HOPE Network to raise awareness and increase understanding of fentanyl use and overdose, particularly as it pertains to Black communities, who are disproprotionately impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Office of Academic Clinical Affairs

  1. Development of student-driven IPE experiences within currently scheduled Greater MN placements.
  2. Development of student-driven IPE experiences within currently scheduled hospital-based placements.

Mano a Mano Project

  1. Interns will explore and analyze the physical therapy profession and practice in Bolivia. With a thorough comprehension of the discipline and context, they will develop education materials about necessary equipment to be used by professionals in the setting and disseminate to stakeholders to support needs.

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MHealth Fairview

  1. Clinical Quality Improvement (QI)/Process Improvement (PI) Project Submission & Central Repository.
  2. Improving interprofessional practice care model, a process that brings other clinics together that are doing similar work.


Mobile Health Initiative

  1. The Mobile Health Initiative offers support to increase access to healthcare services and improve health outcomes for underserved communities in the Twin Cities metro area. Interns will create evidenced-based resource guides related to stress and anxiety self management and mindfulness practices, to be shared with providers to use with patients/clients and directly with patients/clients attending mobile health events. 

Morris Challenge Project

  1. The UMN Morris Challenge promotes sustainability, practical solutions, and community cooperation to engage communities to improve health and quality of life. Interns will support the Challenge Director in garnering data, community interest, expertise, and delivery approaches to engage populations in active change. Interns will support the conceptualization and launch of interprofessional community health intiatives in west central Minnesota based on the needs of the populations involved.
  2. Interns will support the Challenge Director in identifying opportunities for high school students in West Central Minnesota to connect with, learn from, and shadow health professionals in their communities. Interns will actively engage with community stakeholders to promote community-based planning and development.


Mower County / Mayo Clinic

  1. The Mower County / Mayo project is focused on implementation and use of FindHelp, a community resource that traditional health system providers, community agency staff, and patients can use to access resources to aid in improving their overall wellbeing, especially as it relates to different social determinants of health.

National Center of Interprofessional Practice & Education

  1. Launching the Patient, Family, Community, Caregiver Initiative.
  2. To support the advancement of two of the strategic imperatives that are closely aligned: racism within health care teams and the engagement of individuals, families and communities in the Nexus. These themes will be a focus of the Nexus Summit, held in September and October, and specific project goals will come out of action planning associated with that meeting. Interns will develop and refine the patient, family and community curated resource collection, curate a special collection focused on aspects of racism and caste within health care teams, and develop practical tools and resources to promote awareness and engagement of key topics, issues and opportunities.

Neighborhood Health Source Project

  1. Interns will identify infrastructure support and create a model for a financially sustainable mobile clinic in the metro area. The goals of this model will be to provide preventative care to uninsured children and more specifically, to improve immunization rates for Latinix and African American children in Hennepin and Anoka Counties.

Veterans Administration

  1. A tiered huddle system was recently implemented, designed to manage the safety and risk concerns from employees. The hope is to expand these huddles across the organization. An intern team would help to develop and implement tools to scale up this work, including development of an objective method to monitor the lifecycle of the tiered huddle system and monitor team alignment.

Wayside Recovery Addiction Center

  1. Wayside Recovery Addiction Center provides mental health & addiction treatment for women, children, and families in the Twin Cities metro area. Interns will create a reference guide of resources and develop curriculum and provide psychoeducation to clients on various primary care topics.

Welia Health

  1. Welia Health recently shifted to a private not-for-profit 501c3 organization. Interns in this project will conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment consistent with the expectations of Section 501(r)(3), facilitate discussions surrounding implementation strategies to meet identified community health needs, and present their report to senior leadership and governing board.

Wilderness Health

  1. Wilderness Health is a collaborative of independent providers working together to improve health care in Northeast MN and Northwest WI, aiming to lead the transformation for rural health care systems. Interns will work on developing strategies related to the sustainability of telehealth in the service area of Wilderness Health, with attention to public policy, insurance reimbursement systems, regulatory environments, and hospital/clinic policies, procedures, and workflows.