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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.

“The first thing that happens is your whole marriage flashes in front of your eyes and you think, ‘Oh, this is how it’s going to end.’” That was Maria Erickson’s reaction in 2018 when she learned that her husband, Chad, had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most common – and deadliest – form of brain cancer in adults.

The project will create an interprofessional team that involves cardiothoracic surgery, infectious disease, addiction medicine, nurse management, and social work, as well as a Peer Support Specialist from the Native American Community Clinic.

A recent multi-collaboration study published in the Journal of Family Medicine shows that U.S. medical schools overestimate the number of graduates who will enter the primary care workforce.  

Karen Armbrust, MD, PhD, in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, received a grant from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Research to Prevent blindness to study scleritis, a rare, yet painful and potentially vision-threatening, condition.

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