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Announcing the Project REACH 2024-25 cohort

Six community leaders from rural Minnesota have been selected as the 2024-2025 cohort for Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health), a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Program through the Office…
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Training module on equity-grounded community-engaged research now available

People interested in forging high-impact community-academic research partnerships have a new, free training module designed to help them do just that. The module, “Building a foundation for community-engaged research,” focuses on what…
Angelica Koch

CTSI welcomes Dr. Angelica Koch, CEARCH Assistant Director

Angelica Koch, DrPH, has joined CTSI as Assistant Director of our Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) team. In this role, she’ll develop, lead, and sustain community-engaged research initiatives,…
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UMN hosts systemwide event on building effective University-community partnerships

Earlier this month, University of Minnesota practitioners, faculty, and researchers and community-serving organizations from four of the University’s five campuses gathered at an inaugural summer institute designed to help participants…
Project REACH 2023-24 cohort members

Project REACH 2023-24 cohort aims to advance health equity, access to mental health services, and address racial/cultural disparities for rural communities

Four community leaders from rural Minnesota have been selected as the 2023-2024 cohort for Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health), a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Program through the Office…
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A stronger dose of community engagement

While in CTSI's A-PReP program, scholar Tou Thao supported the research of Dr. Robert Straka in order to find unique genetic qualities of Hmong communities to help them receive better healthcare.
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Three University-community grantee teams to address local health equity

The Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) office has named three new collaborative teams as recipients of the Community Partnership Grant. 
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Radical listening to reduce stroke disparities

Black Americans are twice as likely to experience a stroke and face worse outcomes compared to their white peers. But a new project is working to change that.The CTSI-supported study aims to train “stroke champions” who can educate the…
Alexis Swendener

Alexis Swendener named Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral fellow

Alexis Swendener grew up on a cattle ranch in rural western Nebraska which motivated her to study and advocate for the health and wellbeing of rural communities. She graduated with her PhD in sociology from the University of…
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Reimagining how to engage immigrant communities on health issues

From the outside, it looked like a Zumba class. Smiling women in headscarves clapped and danced while upbeat music blared. Scattered among them were University of Minnesota researchers and community healthcare workers, jamming along. …