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The Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences is based at the University Of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth Campus. The Department integrates social and behavioral medicine training for rural family practice and for American Indian/Alaska Native physicians, with research in rural and indigenous health, and community engaged service, to promote rural and indigenous health equity.

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 Motohiro Nakajima, Richard Hoffman, and Mustafa al'Absi recently attended the First European Khat Research Conference in Frankfurt am Main. Mustafa al'Absi co-chaired the conference. Richard Hoffman chaired a symposium entitled Co-morbidity: Health and Substance Abuse. In addition, he presented papers on the treatment of combined khat and tobacco dependence, and on verbal learning and delayed recall deficits associated with concurrent use of khat and tobacco. Motohiro Nakajima & Mustafa al’Absi presented on gender and khat and tobacco use, characteristics of concurrent users of khat and tobacco, and motives and beliefs associated with nonuse of these substances. 

Melissa Lewis was lead presenter this past month at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Annual Conference, where she presented on integrated health services for Indigenous patients, families, and communities. She also gave several presentations on military couples there and at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. Finally, she just published an article in Military Behavioral Health Journal providing recommendations for integrated care and couple-centered intervention, and a book chapter in Medical Family Therapy: Advanced Applications on health equity research.





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