Tou Thao and his family and Robert Straka are seated at a table looking at the camera and smiling.

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 Nebraska-…
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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. 

Grants awarded to four community-University research teams

Four collaborative teams of Minnesota-based community organizations and University of Minnesota researchers have received funding for their research. They’re the inaugural recipients of the Community Partnership Grant and will receive up…
Jeanna Kujava, Jodi Tervo Roberts, Erin Schwab

Announcing the Project REACH 2022–23 cohort

Three community leaders from rural Minnesota have been selected as the 2022-2023 cohort for Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health), a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Program through the Office…
A young mother holding her infant child, standing in front of a tree-lined path outdoors. Both mother and child are smiling and the mother is facing the camera.

Youth-led solutions for teen parents and parents-to-be experiencing homelessness

A youth shelter and University of Minnesota researchers teamed up to address the unmet needs of pregnant or parenting teens who are also facing homelessness. This vulnerable group often slips through the cracks of social services, finding…
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Four University-community grantee teams will address local health equity

The Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) office welcomes four new collaborative teams as recipients of the Community Health Collaborative Pilot grant. 
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Coaching transforms researchers and institutions

Coaching has proven to be a powerful — if unexpected — force for advancing translational science. It’s certainly helped catalyze the success of the early-career researchers at the University of Minnesota. Ever since CTSI began coaching…

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