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Improving global health through competition

The annual Global Health Case Competition helps students explore complex real-world global health challenges, such as refugee crises, sanitation, violence, sustainable development and infectious disease outbreaks, which are increasingly common in a world with more people, changing climates and drug-resistant viruses. Its success is now paving the way for similar competitions around the world.

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Public crises: Be prepared

Human crises both worldwide and close to home present a constant need for critical support by aid workers, medical staff and others headed to the scene to assist.  Because of this, it is crucial that people are adequately prepared and educated to provide effective, efficient care for those in need.

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Narrative medicine weaves storytelling into health care

Illness is collaborative. It’s not just a list of symptoms and a diagnosis, but a story.

That’s the philosophy behind a new educational initiative at the Community‐University Health Care Center (CUHCC). It’s called narrative medicine.

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Global is local: Viewing health issues at a community level

People often look at global health from a narrow perspective. “Global” is categorized by location – meaning, outside the U.S. and conjures up images of humanitarian responses to poverty and suffering somewhere else in the world.

But that shouldn’t be the approach, says Michael Westerhaus, M.D., an assistant professor in the Medical School and adjunct professor in the School of Public Health. Global and local health are very closely connected.

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Essential oils… You’re doing it wrong!

When it comes to essential oils, there’s no shortage of health claims – from weight loss to immune system fortification and renewed mental clarity. But one thing’s certain: you’re probably using them wrong.

Health Talk explored myths surrounding aromatherapy, essential oils safety and identified some do’s and don’ts for integrating them into your care.

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SPH study shows importance of caregiver’s role in fostering academic success among African American youth

New research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health finds academic success of African American youth is associated with their access to resources for resilience. African American children who perceive high support from their caregivers and utilize more adaptive coping strategies may perform better academically.

The study, led by School of Public Health graduate and predoctoral student, Ashley Chesmore, M.P.H., recruited 46 African American children aged 8-12 years. Data was collected by  Principal Investigator and associate professor, Sonya Brady, Ph.D., on the children’s resources for resilience such as coping skills and perceived support of caregivers. This data was combined with the children’s progress reports and recent standardized tests.

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