SPH Behind the Scenes

Our new video series, “SPH Behind the Scenes,” shines a spotlight on the people and places that make the U of M School of Public Health (SPH) such an amazing school. Join Interim Dean Tim Beebe as he tours some of the 30+ nationally and internationally recognized SPH centers in fall 2022.

Episode 2: Center for Healthy Aging & Innovation

Released Nov. 1, 2022

In this episode of SPH Behind the Scenes, Interim Dean Tim Beebe visits the SPH Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation (CHAI), a national leader in developing and improving ways for people to be happier and healthier as they age. 

CHAI is a hub for scholarly interaction and collaboration between academic researchers and community partners. Its experts are: making breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s care; improving quality of life and addressing racial disparities for people using long-term care; eliminating ageism; working on age-friendly initiatives that support the inclusion of older adults in society; and increasing collaboration with American Indian communities, Black, Indigenous, and communities of color, and sexual and gender minorities.

Featured in this episode:

Joe Gaugler, health policy and management professor and CHAI director; Tetyana Shippee, health policy and management associate professor and CHAI associate director of research; Rajean Moone, CHAI associate director of education; and Robbin Frazier, CHAI associate director of equity and community engagement.

Episode 1: Coordinating Centers for Biometric Research

Released Sep. 29, 2022

Housed in an unassuming building on University Ave. on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus in Minneapolis, the SPH Coordinating Centers for Biometric Research (CCBR) is one of the premier places in the world for designing and managing global drug and treatment trials.

CCBR has a nearly 50-year history of improving the way we approach life-threatening diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, influenza, Ebola, and now, COVID-19, and its work has saved millions of lives.

Featured in this episode:

Cavan Reilly, biostatistics professor and CCBR director; Jim Neaton, biostatistics professor; Jacquie Nordwall, statistician and INSIGHT protocol manager; and Erika Helgeson, biostatistics assistant professor

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