July 2012 Archives

Meet Lisa Johnson, senior operations and finance officer.

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In my role, I work to make the administrative activities within the University as easy as possible to navigate for those conducting clinical and translational research. This includes assisting with human resources, finances, the use or development of technology solutions, and the day-to-day supplies and devices needed for this work.

What does your typical work day at CTSI look like?
Often much of my day is spent in meetings learning about the activities of the various functions within CTSI, understanding how other departments and units outside of CTSI are accomplishing their operational and financial tasks and goals, or discussing possible solutions to make it easier to conduct clinical and translational research at the University of Minnesota.

What do you like to do when you're not at CTSI?
Much of my time away from CTSI is spend watching various sporting activities with my husband (both in person and on TV) as well as enjoying the company of our two dogs, Siggy and Grizzly.

What is your favorite or current read?
I actually haven't been in the habit of reading for many years but recently purchased a Nook and am looking forward to getting back into reading. Items on my reading list so far are several by Vince Flynn and John Grisham.

Favorite quote?
Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price. - Vince Lombardi

Researchers must consider the likelihood of encountering eligible subjects with limited English proficiency while working in culturally and ethnically diverse areas. The UMN community values and respects the cultural and ethnic diversity of our local and national community.

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regulations (45 CFR 46.116 and 45 CFR 46.117) and FDA regulations (21 CFR 50.25 and 21 CFR 50.27) require that informed consent information be presented in language understandable to the subject.

In order to help researchers meet these ethical standards, comply with regulations, and efficiently move forward with research, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute has compiled a list of helpful resources that can be used when working with non-English speaking participants.

Minnesota Department of Health Interpreters Database
Spoken languages only; No certifications; Self-qualifying

Minnesota Department of Education Interpreters Database

Kim Tong Translation Services

Fairview Interpreter Services

UMN Program in Translation and Interpreting
(Contract services)
Scott Homler, Program Director: homle003@umn.edu

Please join us on September 12 for the 2012 CTSI Research Conference: Translating Discoveries into Better Health.

  • Learn how translational science is improving the health of our communities.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of clinical and translational research teams at the University of Minnesota.
  • Find resources, services, tools, and expertise to support your research.
  • Connect with investigators and research teams from across the University.
  • Meet CTSI leaders and expert consultants

Conference Highlights

  • Opening remarks from University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy
  • Keynote address from Clay Johnston, MD, PhD, Director of the University of California, San Francisco Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Breakout sessions with practical advice for advancing your research career and conducting research with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Space is limited - register today!

Who should attend?
University of Minnesota faculty members, staff, and students interested in clinical and translational research

McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

The University of Minnesota joined the national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium in June 2011. Since then, CTSI has been hard at work building a new kind of infrastructure for research--one that is financially sustainable, flexible, operationally efficient, and always focused on the ultimate goal of better health.

CTSI's efforts were exemplified this year by giving scientists one-stop access to information through a new web portal, hiring a full-time Research Navigator, launching new consultative services, and strengthening community partnerships. Watch the year in review video to learn how CTSI is expanding University of Minnesota's extraordinary capacity to translate scientific breakthroughs into improved health.

Please join us on Tuesday, July 10 for a community discussion about the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. We will hear from opinion leaders and gather reactions and thoughts about how to collectively move forward to the benefit of Minnesotans. We will also gain a deeper understanding about Hennepin Health and hear about the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement's (ICSI) winning Triple Aim proposal.

Triple Aim Innovation in MN: post-Supreme Court ruling
Tuesday, July 10th 2012
1:00 - 4:30 pm

Normandale Community College
9700 France Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55431
Rooms A 2264-2566

There is no cost to attend, but you are kindly asked to register by July 6th.

Click here to view the full agenda and the report from the last meeting in the series on June 7th.

The University of Minnesota's Office of Community Engagement for Health (OCEH) - a Clinical and Translational Science Institute effort - has helped build mutual trust and respect between the University and the surrounding community since its founding in 2009.

Now, the OCEH has set its sights on a new level of community partnership with the new Triple Aim initiative.

The Triple Aim is a framework used nationally, focused on: 1) improving the patient experience; 2) improving the health of the populations; and 3) reducing the cost of care.

Working with organizations throughout Minnesota, the OCEH is facilitating the implementation of new health care innovations within and across Minnesota communities

"The Triple Aim is of utmost importance to the OCEH and broader University as a whole, and to achieve the effort we'll be working to engage and collaborate with organizations beyond just hospitals and clinics," said Sheila Riggs, D.D.S., D.M.Sc., director of OCEH. "Our current partners - organizations like the Courage Center and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota - are seeing first-hand what this collaboration can do for their organization and the patients they serve."

The Courage Center is a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that serves children and adults with brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism and disabilities experienced since birth.

"The OCEH is starting to change the conversation about what will be needed to really achieve the Triple Aim for the whole state, not just parts of Minnesota," said Jan Malcolm, chief executive officer of the Courage Center. "As a result, the dialogue has been more complete and more promising for addressing the whole picture of health, especially for the most vulnerable segments of the state's population."

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is the state's largest nonprofit social service organization focused on providing children, youth and families, people with disabilities and older adults the opportunity to live and work in the community with dignity, safety and hope.

"We had the opportunity to participate in the Triple Aim Innovation Conference, which allowed us to compare notes with other organizations seeking to re-design health care and human services for the future," said Jodi Harpstead, chief executive officer of the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. "We learned a lot and made connections that we're currently exploring to create new partnerships for our work that we believe will be models for the integration of healthcare and social services to improve quality and reduce cost."

The next meeting in the Triple Aim Innovation series will take place on Tuesday, July 10, 1-4:30 pm at Normandale Community College. Learn more and register.

For more information about the Triple Aim initiative and the OCEH, visit the CTSI website.