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Addressing ageism and racism in MN senior living

Ageism and Racism in Minnesota August 6, 2020

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Maternal health and resources significant predictors of daughters’ self-rated health

Jan 7, 2016


Lead researcher Tetyana Shippee, Ph.D., an assistant professor of health policy & management at University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health focuses on social gerontology and health disparities. Her research was motivated by her desire to examine the intergenerational transmission of health over time and how this process may differ by race/ethnicity.

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Recommendations to eliminate COVID-19 racial and ethnic disparities in long-term care facilities

June 2, 2020

Across the U.S., COVID-19 deaths have disproportionately clustered in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. In Minnesota, less than 1% of people live in long-term care facilities, but as of May 27, more than 12% of the state’s COVID-19 cases — and 80% of deaths from the virus — were among residents in such facilities. Additionally, a recent analysis from The New York Times showed that nationally, nursing homes with a significant number of black and Latino residents have been twice as likely to have positive COVID-19 cases as those where the population is overwhelmingly white.

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Nursing home residents from communities of color experience a lower quality of life. COVID-19 could make it worse.

Charlie Plain | June 9, 2020

A new study from the School of Public Health has identified differences in quality of life (QOL) between white and racial/ethnic minority residents living in nursing homes in Minnesota. Compared to white residents in nursing homes, racial/ethnic minority residents have a significantly lower QOL, regardless of the ratio of minority residents at the facility. The findings reveal the need to improve the care of racial/ethnic minority residents — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Minnesota set out to improve its assisted-living care. Here's a look at how it's going

In a survey for report card development, quality of life, staffing and safety lead the concerns.

John Lundy | 8:00 am, Feb. 11, 2020

DULUTH -- Work to design a “report card” for assisted-living facilities in Minnesota is entering its third phase with a target of having the online tool fully in place by the end of summer 2022.

Along the way, Minnesota is advancing from the back of the pack in its regulation of the facilities to at or near the top, says one of the report card’s designers

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Research underway to improve quality of HCBS for people with dementia

Joe Jancsurak | November 9, 2020

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health has launched a research project to understand the scope of home- and community-based services for people with dementia, factors that influence satisfaction with HCBS, and how such care varies.

Funded by a four-year, $2-million grant from the National Institute on Aging, data for the study are being supplied through a first-of-its-kind partnership with ADvancing States and Health Services Research Institute, which represents 56 state and territorial agencies on aging and disabilities and long-term services and supports directors. 


Visitors Returning To Some Long-Term Care Facilities After A Challenging Year

Dean Knetter | March 22, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is recommending that in-person visits can resume at nursing homes and long-term care facilities. We look back at the toll of the last year on the elderly, how care facilities responded, and the benefits of being able to see friends and family in person.


Kealey Bultena


Tetyana Shippee


Dean Knetter

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Shippee Highlights SPH Aging Work at UN Conference

Charlie Plain | November 2, 2017

People in the U.S. and Europe are living longer than ever thanks to advances in public health, medicine, and other factors. However, along with increased lifespan has come added pressures on the national health care, social, and economic systems that care for older people. To help address the problems, the School of Public Health (SPH) represented the U.S. at a United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Europe conference looking at the key issues on Sept. 20 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The overall goal of the conference was to update the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, a document UN member countries use to craft sustainable policies that support and protect older adults.

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