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RWJF “Clinical Scholars” team invests in education to improve oral health for MN kids with special health care needs

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An interprofessional trio of University of Minnesota healthcare providers have been selected for a 3-year cohort of Clinical Scholars, a new national leadership program through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Through the program, the team will explore and work to address gaps in dental care for children with special health care needs in Minnesota.

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Collaborative study aims to reduce racial disparities in nursing homes, improve quality of life

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The University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health will lead a comprehensive study of racial disparities in nursing homes and how that relates to quality of life and quality of care.

The study expands on the team’s preliminary findings, which identified minority nursing home residents had markedly lower quality of life, despite accounting for a host of other factors.

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Building positive food relationships in indigenous populations through games

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You know what they say: you are what you eat. Our diets can be as important as our medications, making healthy eating choices and habits an essential part of our daily lives.

Getting this message across to youth, especially those within Indigenous communities, can be tricky. That’s why Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D., a post doctoral associate for the University of Minnesota’s Research for Indigenous Community Health Center (RICH) in the College of Pharmacy, has designed a board game to promote healthy food culture.

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U of M pharmacist helps prevent heroin addictions and deaths in northern Minnesota

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Heroin addictions have been rapidly increasing over the past decade. This has been especially problematic in northern Minnesota, where the number of people admitted for treatment and the number of deaths associated with heroin and opioids are higher than in any other part of the state.

According to College of Pharmacy assistant professor, Laura Palombi, Pharm.D., drug abuse deaths now surpass traffic deaths in Minnesota.

Palombi is on the front lines in northern Minnesota, working directly with the community to address heroin and opioid abuse in ways that make sense for specific communities.

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Sexual health for a lifetime requires communication

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Sexual health is often talked about as a physical state, focused on sexual functioning, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy prevention or achievement. So rarely is it talked about as part of a larger whole-health picture, but sexual health is truly part and parcel to whom we are as humans.

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UMN School of Dentistry students provide kids free dental care

More than 150 kids received free comprehensive dental care at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s dental clinic earlier this month on Give Kids a Smile Day.

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