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At UMRA’s annual meeting on May 22 the membership elected the slate of candidates presented by the Nominating Committee for UMRA’s 2018–19 Board, including Bill Donohue as our new president-elect and Lynn Anderson our new secretary. In keeping with UMRA tradition, Jerry Rinehart, who served as president-elect for the past year, will lead the Board as president. During its meeting earlier in the afternoon, the Board approved increases in membership and luncheon/buffet fees for the coming year.

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Jun 4 2018

UMRA was pleased to host President Eric Kaler at its 2018 Annual Meeting on May 22. The president outlined major challenges facing the University, and provided updates on the University’s strategic plan and ambitious $4 billion capital campaign.

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Jun 2 2018

Prof. Joseph Gaugler, newly named to an endowed chair in the School of Public Health and the speaker for the workshop following UMRA’s April luncheon meeting, is profiled in a feature story in the Spring 2018 issue of Legacy, published by the U of M Foundation. The article highlights his pioneering work to help family members who provide care for people with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.   See the article.

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May 16 2018

Author delivers a riveting account of his parents’ determination to survive the chaotic events that took place during the reign of Robert Mugabe.

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May 1 2018

“Eighty-three percent of all help provided for persons with Alzheimer’s and related diseases comes from family members,” Joseph Gaugler, a gerontologist and professor of long-term care, noted in his presentation following UMRA’s April luncheon.

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May 1 2018

Prof. Erika Lee addressed the complicated nature of the United States’ approach to immigration and provided a “quick tour” of the country’s history of xenophobia, beginning in the mid 1700s.

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May 1 2018

Of the many places to find meditation classes in the Twin Cities, two that have attracted UMRA members are the University’s Center for Spirituality and Healing and the Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis.

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May 1 2018

The seven individuals up for election to UMRA's 2018–19 Board of Directors offer a wealth of experience from the University of Minnesota and beyond. 

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May 1 2018

Memory loss is frightening for all of us. The Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul offers programs to assist both clients suffering from memory loss and their caregivers. There are two ways you can help.

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May 1 2018

September Luncheon Meeting

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Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota's Commissioner of Health, will lead off our 2017-18 luncheon series with a timely discussion focusing on “Creating Health in our Community.”

Dr. Ehlinger will review major strides made to improve health over the years and identify recent changes in attitudes and policies that threaten this progress. Of particular interest to Dr. Ehlinger is the shifting narrative regarding health care in our nation.

“Creating health is not dependent just on personal choices; it requires systems and policies,” he says.

As commissioner, Dr. Ehlinger is responsible for directing the work of the Minnesota Department of Health - the state's lead public health agency. The department has approximately 1,400 employees in the Twin Cities area and seven offices in Greater Minnesota.

Many of us may remember Dr. Ehlinger from his days as director and chief health officer for the University’s Boynton Health Service, from 1995 to 2011.

Dr. Ehlinger’s previous experience includes serving as a director of Personal Health Services for the Minneapolis Health Department and working in the National Health Service Corps. Dr. Ehlinger is an adjunct professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the U of M School of Public Health.

Board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, he also holds a master’s degree in public health. Among his professional achievements, Dr. Ehlinger has been honored as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Bush Fellow. In addition, he has served as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials the Minnesota Public Health Association, the Twin Cities Medical Society, and the North Central College Health Association.

You may view his slides, or visit his blog for more details on his vision.

-  Gerald “Jerry” Rinehart, UMRA president-elect and Program Committee chair

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 11:30am
Conference Room ABC, Campus Club, Fourth Floor, Coffman Memorial Union
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August 31, 2017