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Josie Syverson, MD, a 2013 alumna from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, reflects on clinical changes in rural medicine and the power of community both in school and during her career.

Words matter and play an important role in shaping our worldview. As we move toward antiracist action in our department and in our lives, we need to be clear about racial terminology and the history behind it.

Jené Carter, MD, is a second-year family medicine resident at the United Family Medicine residency program through Allina in St. Paul. Dr. Carter learned of our July 2020 special edition of Family Medicine Monthly through St. John's resident Dr. Ramla Kasozi and contributed this piece to our antiracism-devoted special issue.

Ramla Namisango Kasozi, MD, MPH, a third-year resident at St. John's and Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) resident director, and Denis Douglas Asiimwe, MD, a hospitalist at Phelps Health in Rolla, Missouri, co-authored this article for the July 2020 issue of Family Medicine Monthly.

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is centering in Justice and Equity. Each of us has a role in Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work, although we may need to awaken that power in ourselves and each other.

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.

Drs. Claudia Fox and Aaron Kelly, both co-directors for the Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine, recognize that underserved communities show disproportionate rates in the prevalence of obesity. Their research focuses on these disparities, hoping to close that gap.

Current medical student Michael Hagstrom shares his journey to U of M Medical School

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for U.S. adolescents. A 2019 study done by New York University showed that between 1992 and 2017, nearly one in five adolescents reported they were thinking about suicide. These grim statistics are part of what inspired Assistant Professor Karina Quevedo, PhD, to use her research to better inform treatments that might help teens who attempt suicide.

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