Community Engagement

The Community Assessment of Military Transitions study, led by Sarah Beeler, PhD, in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health, is examining service member and military family experiences during the post-deployment transition to address mental health and build a stronger community support system.

Assistant Professor and Director for the Center of American Indian and Minority Health, Mary Owen, MD will be a featured speaker for this October 9 installment of the Ethics Grand Rounds Series on changing the narrative about Native American healthcare.

The Family Medicine Student Interest Group, at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus was recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians as the 2020 Program of Excellence for exemplary efforts to grow and support interest in family medicine practice.

Faculty members, Emily Onello, MD, and James Boulger, PhD, publish a special report, examining the adaptation of an experiential rural family medicine curriculum to virtual learning in response to COVID-19 limitations. 

Dr. Jon Hallberg, in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, partnered with Twin Cities Public Television to produce “Hippocrates Cafe: Reflections on the Pandemic,” an hour-long episode dedicated to healthcare and frontline workers that is designed to educate, entertain and inspire viewers during the pandemic.

Faculty member and Anthropologist of Law, Michele Statz, PhD, and Regional Dean, Paula Termuhlen, MD, co-authored a commentary in the American Journal of Public Health, stating that the most common type of legal problem for poor rural residents is healthcare access.

Created by the DFMCH and named for former Department Head Dr. Macaran Baird, the fund will serve to assist the University in recruiting, supporting, and retaining outstanding faculty members who specialize in family medicine, primary care, and healthcare delivery.

A U of M team led by Michele Allen, MD, MS, and Maiyia Kasouaher, PhD, in the Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research, will test different communication strategies, in different languages, to improve communication with at-risk Somali, Latino and Hmong communities in the Twin Cities area.

Richard Melvin, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, received funding from the Minnesota Sea Grant Program to monitor surface water near eight Duluth beaches for the presence of SARS-CoV-2.

Assistant professor, Motohiro Nakajima, PhD, leads a team studying the psychosocial factors and cultural beliefs that block East African men who immigrated to the U.S. from seeking the cancer screenings they need to prevent the disease.