On the docket: Better health for Minnesotans

The University of Minnesota plays a vital role in the well-being of our state’s residents. It educates the next generation of health professionals, provides care across Minnesota, and conducts critical research to advance new treatments and cures.

To succeed in that role, the University has requested $25.5 million from the state Legislature for the next biennium to fund Healthy Minnesota, a partnership with the state to strengthen Minnesota’s health care delivery and workforce.

It has also requested $30 million for Medical School Investment, an initiative to improve the Medical School’s ranking in National Institutes of Health funding from 30th to 20th in the next five to eight years.

Together, the initiatives will:

  • Address projected workforce shortages by incorporating new models of care, expanding workforce pipeline programs, and increasing scholarships for students who choose to practice in underserved communities.

  • Develop new community-based models of health promotion and care (including a statewide network of interdisciplinary primary care teaching clinics) to better serve Greater Minnesota and underserved areas.

  • Create “medical discovery teams” to conduct research related to the state’s most pressing health concerns.

  • Accelerate research to treat, cure, and manage chronic diseases and conditions.

Learn more and find updates at http://govrelations.umn.edu/biennial-budget.html.

Published on May 18, 2015