What a year it has been. Our work together has helped alter the course of the pandemic in this state. We have demonstrated how quickly we can adapt, reconfigure, and reprioritize to meet the needs of our communities.
The cracks in our health care system are showing. COVID-19 has impacted all of us, but it has highlighted the disparities of health and care in Minnesota’s BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and immigrant communities.
As we have moved through the pandemic, we have seen many examples of how health (and health care) are impacted by public policy. In Minnesota, we have also seen that our policy makers have reached out to experts, many of them from this University, to gather the data that shapes that policy.
Prior to COVID-19, the most life-changing event I remember is September 11, 2001. Looking back over the past 19 years, it is interesting to realize all the things we take for granted today that we had no idea would become part of our lives on September 10 of that year.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of celebrating the creation of a new center co-led by the University’s Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM). The center is funded by a $26 million grant from the National Science Foundation
Last week on the news, one of the people protesting George Floyd’s death approached a reporter who was broadcasting live. The reporter asked what he would like to say. The protestor pointed out that the people marching behind him were doing so peacefully. They were not there to riot or loot or burn. What the group wanted, he said, was to be heard.