The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is known nationally for great health care.
But when it comes to health disparities, Minnesota still has some growing to do. Minnesota ranked 15th nationally in health equity in The Commonwealth Fund’s latest 2014 State Scorecard.
So, Health Talk is taking a moment out, in tandem with National Health Center Week, to shine a light on one of the University of Minnesota’s own affordable and accessible health care providers. Located in south Minneapolis, the U of M Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) is on the frontline of public health care. Their work reduces health disparities, improves lives and saves costs by encouraging regular health care visits for patients, thus providing preventative care and fewer hospital and emergency room visits.
Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund dollars begin supporting the development of a raptor-oriented, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-focused curriculum for 7th and 8th graders today.
In 2005, the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry partnered with People Incorporated Mental Health Services and other service providers to address this issue. Together, they created two Safe Haven shelters to help those who are homeless and suffering with mental illness on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Minnesota is among the top cattle-producing states in the nation. From red meat to milk cows, cattle are an intrinsic part of the Minnesota economy.
But in July 2005, disease was detected in cattle in northwest Minnesota.
Bovine tuberculosis – an infectious disease weakening the immune system – threatened Minnesota’s cattle population for the next six years.
João Ribeiro Lima, a doctoral candidate in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and his advisor Scott Wells, D.V.M., Ph.D., set out to investigate how to stem the spread of future outbreaks.
From prescription drug abuse to “skittles parties” and medication missteps, the growing need for education about proper prescription drug use is here to stay.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs trail only marijuana and alcohol as the most frequently abused substances by people 14 and older. Teens and pre-teens nationwide are seeing more pills pop up, too, as the number of medications prescribed increases.
As the opportunities to misuse medicine grow, an education in the dangers of taking too many pills, not the right kind of pills, someone else’s pills, and counterfeit medication found online has become an important part of growing up healthy.
Programs like the University of Minnesota’s branch of AWARxE are providing just that kind of information to Minnesota’s preteens.