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Searching for Bigfoot in Traill County

Categories: News

The Traill District Health Unit provides adventure through a new outdoor wellness program America’s national parks offer some of the most breathtaking, remote, and sometimes alien landscapes in the world. Yellowstone National Park, for example, is famous for its geysers and geothermal attractions. Perhaps a little closer to home, Theodore Roosevelt National Park presents picturesque […]

ITRRC to host Jessica Ullrich’s presentation on Indigenous connectedness for wellness on March 13

Categories: Events, Research

For its next Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) Colloquium Series, the Indigenous Trauma and Resilience Research Center (ITRRC) will present “How Indigenous Connectedness can Support Relational Wellbeing” by Jessica Saniguq Ullrich, Ph.D., M.S.W., a Tribal citizen of Nome Eskimo Community, descendant of the Native Village of Wales, and an Assistant Professor for Washington State […]

SMHS Walking Moai group to meet Wednesdays this summer

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This summer, the SMHS Walking Moai group will meet every Wednesday, 10 a.m., at the SMHS front door for a 15- to 20-minute walk outside (inside during inclement weather). Contact Ashley Bayne ( with any questions. Everyone is welcome, including students and community members! Participants will receive GF Blue Zones Project shoelaces. *What is a Moai (moh-eye)? […]

McLean named Associate Dean for Wellness at UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Andrew J. McLean, M.D., M.P.H., clinical professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS), has been named the School’s Associate Dean for Wellness. This appointment follows a trend at the School and across the nation to dedicate more resources to student, staff, […]

Brynn Luger to discuss wellness among Indigenous counselors on Jan. 20

Categories: Events, Research

The Department of Indigenous Health is inviting everyone to a presentation by faculty candidate Dr. Brynn Luger on Friday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. The presentation will be streamed via Zoom at: Dr. Luger’s presentation is entitled “Helping the Helpers: Examining the Health and Wellness of Native American Counselors.” Dr. Brynn Luger (Lakota Sioux) has […]

The spiritual side of healthcare

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The need for and challenge of providing “spiritual” guidance in the health setting. Although the effects of spirituality in healthcare are often debated, the concept has historically been incorporated into healing by shamans and other health practitioners for centuries. More recently, research has delved into the subject, searching for definitive proof of the benefits, or […]

Zelko Leon reflects on the profession for Psychiatry Grand Rounds on July 20

Categories: Education

Zelko Leon, M.D., will present “Reflections of a psychiatrist” from 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the UND Southeast Campus auditorium in Fargo. This presentation will be broadcast via Zoom/video conferencing. Dr. Zelko Leon is clinical professor at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences and a psychiatrist at […]

Department of Physical Therapy seeks participants for cancer-exercise study

Categories: Research

UND’s Department of Physical Therapy is seeking participants for a research study related to exercise following treatment for cancer. Potential participants are invited to be in this research study looking to determine the effect of physical therapy on fatigue, balance, depression, and overall quality of life for individuals with a history of cancer. The purpose […]

New issue of North Dakota Medicine available now

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The holiday 2021 issue of North Dakota Medicine magazine is available now in both a paper and digital format! This edition is chock-full of compelling articles, including stories on: The UND General Surgery Residency’s new resident wellness program A brief update on OT student Briana Kent’s Hurricane Ida fundraiser ‘Flipping’ anatomy and physiology with Biomedical Sciences assistant […]

Learning Community Wellness Challenge participants log 1,841 miles in 19 days

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The UND SMHS Learning Communities Higher Council was created last year with the intention of providing an additional avenue for students from different health professions to work together to build community within UND SMHS and give back to the surrounding community. Each learning community has two representatives (16 students), and each region (two LCs) has […]

Melissa Naslund to serve as “western” wellness advocate for SMHS students

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The UND Departments of Family & Community Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science are excited to announce the hiring of Dr. Melissa Naslund as “western” wellness advocate for UND medical students. Dr. Naslund, a Ph.D.-level mental health professional and director of behavioral science at the UND Center for Family Medicine in Minot, will provide health […]

McLean and Montgomery to present on mental wellbeing and COVID on Nov. 9

Categories: Events

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a strain on all of us, not only physically and socially, but financially, professionally, and personally. As such, several reports suggest that mental illness has been increasing rapidly over the past eight months. But guidance, support, and help are available. From noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, Dr. Andrew […]

Zoom water cooler again on Sept. 25!

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The SMHS is hosting its SECOND Zoom to the Water Cooler event online for any and all faculty and staff interested on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at 3 p.m. (CST). This month’s topic:  fitness and wellness with special guest UND WorkWell Coordinator Andria Spaeth. Here’s the process: On Friday, Sept. 25, follow the Zoom link provided below A brief description of the event […]

Nominations sought for Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Awards

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Nominations are being sought for the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Awards. The awards recognize the achievements of an individual and an organization who have worked to improve health and wellness through lowered rates of disease and disability by developing and delivering effective health promotion and prevention initiatives. Named for former University of […]