School of Public Health Assistant Professor Tetyana Shippee has been named the collegiate recipient of the University of Minnesota Presidents’ Community-Engaged Scholar Award for the School of Public Health. The award honors research done in partnership with the community.
Shippee’s research focuses on aging, long-term care, health disparities, quality of life measures, and quality of care. Throughout her research career she has embedded herself in the community, even living in a retirement community as a graduate student.
Her recent work explores quality of life for long-term care facility residents and, through a close partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), she has helped create a tool to measure nursing home residents’ quality of life and family member satisfaction. She has also worked with DHS to make sure minority residents’ voices are heard during the organization’s annual quality of life survey.
Through this work, Shippee and her colleagues have found racial disparities in nursing home care and Shippee has been awarded a $1.8 million NIH grant to further study the topic.