Nursing students guide path for Ebola volunteers in Liberia

As health volunteers pack up and head to an Ebola clinic in a small Liberian village this month and next, a group of University of Minnesota nursing students are constructing maps of the place, which is practically invisible on Google and Bing maps from thousands of miles away.


Starting a fire, to improve health

“If a community wants to bring organizations together to carry out a project to improve health, what’s the most effective way to get action started?”


Forum brings Roseville closer to 'dementia-friendly' action plan

A Roseville group has begun shaping a plan to help the community become “dementia friendly,” following a public forum this fall where 53 people offered advice on what to do.


Reflections of New Minnesotans: "Ebola thrives within weak health care systems"

Julia and guests LaBelle Nambangi and Wynfred Russell discuss the local impacts of Ebola, as well as global efforts to battle the epidemic in West Africa. Nambangi is with the Minnesota Task Force Against Ebola. Russell, a health care advocate and the executive director of African Career, Education & Resource, Inc., recently returned from a week-long trip to Liberia. The purpose of his trip was to conduct a research assessment to inform the possible deployment of an Ebola response team. [Audio below]


Keith Edwards: Men can end rape

(Photo by Sabrina Kennelly) Keith Edwards presents at Hamline University during his Men Ending Rape event.

For Hamline University alumni Keith Edwards, rape wasn’t always a concrete definition. While at Hamline as an RA, he kept hearing stories from women of men hurting them. At first he resisted that rape was really a problem, but now Dr. Edwards is a national speaker when it comes to ending it.


VIDEO: Rally at Minnesota state capitol urges nurses to file OSHA complaints over Ebola unpreparedness

(Still from video below)

The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) held a rally and candlelight vigil at the Minnesota Capitol to draw attention to the lack of uniform and adequate safety procedures for dangerous viruses like Ebola at hospitals around the state.


Union accuses AT&T of violating new Minnesota sick leave law

(Still from video below, by Bill Sorem)

A new Minnesota law explicitly says companies must let employees use sick time to care for ill relatives. Yet AT&T is telling some of its longest tenured employees that they can’t do that since their union contract gives them unlimited sick days.


Medical marijuana office head Michelle Larson juggles work, doctoral studies

The task of running Minnesota’s new Office of Medical Cannabis falls to a University of Minnesota student.


OPINION | Facing dementia, keeping the spirit alive: A niece chronicles her uncle's journey with dementia

When I think of my uncle, I am struck by the dichotomy between the end of his life and the middle, and how different they were.


FEAST fosters local growers, sustainable food

Locally grown and locally sourced foods are making a real comeback, not only at co-op groceries but on chefs' menus, in public school lunches and at mainstream grocery stores.

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