On September 7, 2017, the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, announced the school’s largest donation: $10 million from an anonymous donor to establish the World Class Native American Research Center of Excellence. The gift will fund the center’s mission of collaborating with American Indian and Alaska Native communities by creating a positive impact on their health through research, leadership, and education.
“Minnesota has some of the best health outcomes and yet we know that we have some of the largest health disparities,” says Paula Termuhlen, regional campus dean. “The idea of creating the research center around all things Native American in regard to health and science is something that we’re really excited about.”
Photo: Melissa Walls, associate professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus (courtesy Clint Austin, Duluth News Tribune)