Faculty & Staff

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Faculty

Keri Hager, Pharm.D., BCACP

Keri Hager

Title: Associate Professor

Why did you become a pharmacist?

To help people achieve their health goals and improve their quality of life by making sure they only take medicines that are truly indicated, effective, safe, and they can take as intended.

What drew you to the University of Minnesota?

I had wonderful experiences in my geological sciences undergraduate program at UMD and in my Pharm.D. program at the Twin Cities campus. I enjoyed the collaborative nature of those with whom I learned and worked, and the opportunities for growth in leadership, service, and research. After I was in practice in the Duluth-area for a few years, I was excited to join the faculty at the UMN College of Pharmacy, the #2 College of Pharmacy in the nation, to help further advance pharmacy practice and education to improve patient and population health.

What is something you wish you knew before starting your career?

I cannot think of anything specific! There are so many things that would have been helpful to make me more effective when establishing new clinical pharmacy services in primary care. However, now I just see that as part of the process of continuous learning.

What resource or service has been essential to your academic and professional success?  

Trusted colleagues and mentors in my community of practice and beyond - the people that ask the “tough questions” and share insights, and have helped pick me up and dust me off when things didn’t go well. These people are essential!                     

Why do believe interprofessionalism is an invaluable component of healthcare?

None of us know more than all of us collectively. In order to provide effective holistic and comprehensive care to people, we need folks with the complementary expertise to collaborate to best meet the needs of patients. The complementary expertise is not enough though - we need collaborative culture, excellent communication, shared values and goals, trusting relationships among us, and the systems in which we operate to support interprofessionalism to meet the public’s needs.

Sara North PT, DPT, M.ED.

Sara North

Title: Director of Educational Innovation, Assistant Professor

Program: Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Why did you become a physical therapist?

The complex problem-solving needed to address the functioning of the human body to optimize health and quality of life provides an engaging education and career. The increasing expansion and importance of collaboration across sectors to address health continues to invigorate me as well!

What drew you to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus?

The lived branding of “Driven to Discover” is visible throughout the campus, speaking to the innovation, passion, and drive that the university faculty, staff, leadership, and students possess. I wanted to become a part of such a vibrant, strong community!

What is something you wish you knew before starting your career?

As a practicing licensed Physical Therapist, I was not formally trained to enter the world of academia when I became faculty at my past institution. My career in education therefore began by learning on the go, so I do wish that I had better understood the structure and politics of higher education earlier in my journey.

What resource has been essential to your academic and professional success?  

Mentorship with experienced, respectful individuals in leadership to encourage and guide my many passions and open doors to unique opportunities has been the key factor and motivation for my continued drive and success.

Why do believe interprofessionalism is an invaluable component of healthcare?

We often do not believe that others can fully understand every aspect of our individual complexity, so  in return, we as healthcare providers cannot expect to fully understand our clients and communities. One person, one discipline, is not sufficient to  provide the breadth and understanding needed to truly address the whole being. Working interprofessionally allows the opportunity for innovation and large-scale improvement in care delivery, better equipping the nation’s providers to change the face of health for those we serve and pursue the Quadruple Aim of healthcare in the years to come.

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Staff

Michelle Johnson, MSW intern

Why did you become an MSW intern at ISPC? What drew you to CHIP/How did you hear about CHIP/Why did you want to become engaged with CHIP?

Being in the MSW program, we are required to do field practicum, and II knew I wanted to work with the student parent population. While searching for a field placement, I learned about CHIP and ISPC, and I knew I had to apply and land this opportunity. As a student parent, I understand the challenges, need for advocacy, and the importance of building relationships with other student parents.  

What drew you to the University of Minnesota? 

I wanted to attend a University that would embrace my curiosity to explore different fields, broaden my knowledge and challenge my critical thinking skills. I also completed my undergraduate degree here and fell in love with the campus and people, making it sense to stay. I met instructors, directors, and employees here at the University who have MSW degrees and licensed clinical social workers. After having conversations with them inspired me to be in the social work profession. When I learned that I could complete a dual-degree here at the UMN, I said, "yup, that's what I am doing!" So I am in the process of completing a dual-degree in social work and public health. 

What is something you wish you knew before starting your career?

Something I wish I knew before starting my career…I am not sure. I'm preparing mentally for how challenging working in the helping profession is, but I think nothing prepares you for the mental and physical toll one's body takes when working in high-stress jobs. So maybe, self-care and how important it is not just in a career but also in one's life in general. 

What resource or service has been essential to your academic and professional success?  

Resources that have been essential to my academic and professional success are the Student Parent Help Center here at the University and being part of CHIP. I have learned more about student groups and what I need to help others reach their goals, whether for fun events or educational programming. 

Why do believe interprofessionalism is an invaluable component of healthcare? 

Interprofessionalism is an invaluable component of healthcare because multiple healthcare providers from different backgrounds work together to deliver the highest quality care. I genuinely believe that collaborative practice can help with providing efficiency and effectiveness while maximizing resources. 

Eugene Vang, Student Staff

When is your expected graduation date?

My expected graduation date is the summer of 2023.

What is your major?

Dental Hygiene 

How long have you been at CHIP?

I've been at CHIP since fall 2020!

What do you do as a student staff at CHIP?

As a student staff member, I am responsible for maintaining a safe and clean lounge space, educating and enhancing student's experiences by offering several opportunities involving activities, and I work on special projects!

What is your favorite part about working at CHIP?

My favorite part about working at CHIP is that I can experience working with many different individuals who are all great! As well as being able to express my creativity. 

What are your post-graduate plans?

My post-graduate plans are to pass my board exams, start working, get experience in my field, and possibly move to another state! 

What do you like to do in your free time?

Because I hardly ever get to relax and watch Netflix, I love to do that in my free time and clean!

Joel Navam, Student Engagement Coordinator

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What activities at CHIP do you support?

Primarily, I work with various student organizations and initiatives that promote interprofessional opportunities for health professional students. For example, I provide communication, feedback, and support for groups like CLARION, NELA (Nutritional Experiential Learning and Advocacy), and IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement). I also collaborate with student staff to maintain our social media presence on Instagram. Lastly, I am also thinking about alumni engagement on LinkedIn for CHIP's 50 anniversary this upcoming fall. 

What drew you to the University of Minnesota?

I have wanted to work at the University of Minnesota for the past 4 - 5 years, and I'm so happy to finally be here. I am drawn to the University of Minnesota because it is a community that feels representative of the vast, unique, and complex world we live in. While we have much to work on, I appreciate the values of inclusivity and accessibility here—where a variety of folks from a variety of backgrounds can live, learn, and grow together. 

What is something you wish you knew before starting your career?

I started my career in higher education student affairs about three years ago. I wish I would have known that this work is more fulfilling and effective when done in partnership with other people—through collaboration and teamwork rather than individual merit. In some ways, I'm glad I had to learn that the hard way (because I'll never forget!), but it might have been helpful to know sooner. 

What drew you to CHIP/How did you hear about CHIP/Why did you want to become engaged with CHIP?

I was drawn to CHIP mostly because I was excited to work with health professional students in Duluth, Rochester, and the Twin Cities. I have found that they are highly driven to make the world a better place by committing to rigorous schooling in order to make a positive difference—that drive inspires me. Moreover, it is exciting to see those same students value collaboration across professions during co-curricular activities in school and post-graduation in the workforce.

Michael Dahl, Americorps Vista (2020-2021)

Why did you choose the U and CHIP as your VISTA site?

I actually had no intention of applying to be an Americorps VISTA prior to last May. I graduated in May 2020 from the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and was planning on applying to medical school. However, our community was rocked following the murder of George Floyd and I found myself working with my peers and members of the community to provide aid to those most affected by this event. I watched as protests erupted across the country and we saw greater calls for equity on a nationwide scale. I reflected on my own experience growing up in Minnesota, as well as how current events were shaping our country's cry for a better future and I came to the realization that there was much that I could do with what skills I have. I recognized that there is much injustice in our country, and I wanted a tangible way to serve the community I cared for with the knowledge I had from my studies at the U and also working in healthcare. When I saw the Americorp VISTA position posting pop up in an email I just knew that this position would be the perfect fit for me. It is an opportunity to support underrepresented students in health professional programs while simultaneously challenging me to grow and learn more about the big issues that affect the BIPOC community. 

What are your career goals?

I hope to see myself applying to medical school next May and then continuing my lifelong commitment to learning and helping others. My career goals are to work in medicine as a physician, and then eventually turn my attention towards public health policy. I recognize that in order to enact positive, tangible change that I must learn from others who have experienced life in this country in ways that I have not. I hope to someday address barriers to care that our communities face in an administrative capacity.

What activities at CHIP do you support?

Recently I have been working on CHIP's BeWell initiative to support our health professional students during this time of high stress and unprecedented challenges. I have also been pairing with the PHSRC to work on their Health Pathways Program Initiative which seeks to support underrepresented and low-income student bodies during their undergraduate education to further diversify and grow our health professionals programs. Another big project that I have been contributing to in CHIP is our upcoming Health Profesional Student Leadership Conference! The topic for the conference is Navigating, Challenging, and Empowering: Leadership for Health Equity and Racial Justice. I hope to see plenty of you there! 

What is your favorite thing to do while staying safe at home during these times?

Recently I've been making adjustments to my lifestyle to focus on self-care and wellness. I have been running lately, so technically not in my home, but I am doing my best to stay healthy. On top of that, I have been cooking a lot more and have been experimenting with new recipes and cooking methods. Other ways I kill time is by watching the NBA finals, complaining about the Minnesota Vikings, and playing video games with friends like Among Us and Jackbox Games.

Chloe Goodman, Americorps Vista (2019-2020)

Chloe Goodman

Why did you choose the U and CHIP as your VISTA site?

I chose the University of Minnesota and the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs as my VISTA site because I am from Minnesota and have always been a fan of the U of M. I was also interested in the work done by the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs for students.

What are your career goals?

I would like to get my masters in public health or healthcare administration. After completing my masters, I would like  to work for a hospital or healthcare center to help provide healthcare resources to underserved communities. 

What activities at CHIP do you support?

Currently, I am working with the Interprofessional Student Parent Community planning the student lunches, creating an advisory board and a module for staff and faculty focusing on working with student parents. I am working with the Community University Healthcare Center expanding our partnership, planning the wellness fair and building engagement opportunities for students at the healthcare center and in the surrounding community. Also, I am supporting the Health Professional Student Leadership conference hosted by the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs  that will take place this November. 

What is your favorite place on campus and why? 

My favorite place on campus is Northrop Memorial Auditorium because of how beautiful the building is both on the outside and inside.

Susana Carlos, Americorps Vista (2018-2019)

Susana Carlos

Why did you want to become engaged with CHIP?

I became involved with CHIP through my service project and I am excited that healthcare professional students have such a wonderful resource to enhance their education to incorporate the issues that they are passionate about! I am new to the U, so am I looking forward to engaging with students this year and learning from their experiences.

What resource has been essential to your academic and professional success in your program?

As a recent graduate of UCLA, I found that my career goals formed from involvement in co-curricular activities and I strongly emphasize the importance of becoming involved with causes that you are passionate about. I was a member of a student wellness organization, Sexperts, that led peer-to-peer based sexual health education and group discussions. While my background is in Psychology and Cognitive Science, I recognized an opportunity to translate the skills that I have learned from my experiences as a health educator to support my vision of making great changes in the world.

What are your career goals after finishing your degree?

After my service year, I plan to pursue my Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Community-Based Services. I then plan to go on to remove barriers that restrict the implementation of a consistent and medically-accurate national sexual health education in the United States.

What is the value of Interprofessional work?

Collaboration across disciplines fosters creative solutions and novel approaches to the world’s most pressing issues. By incorporating interprofessional perspectives, academic and professional teams pool their skills, knowledge, and resources to become stronger and more effective at reaching their common goals.

What is your favorite place on campus for food, to relax?

I really enjoy walking along East River Drive, taking in the views of the Mississippi River as well as all of the wildlife active in the summer!

Stephanie Lee, MSW, LISW

Stephanie Lee

Title

Student Parent Counselor, MSW, LISW

Program/School/Department

I work one day a week with CHIP's Interprofessional Student Parent Community (ISPC) and four days a week at the Student Parent HELP Center (SPHC) in Appleby Hall.

Why did you become a Student Parent Counselor?

I have many friends and family members who went to school while they were parents, including my own brother. Some had support, while others did not. I have seen firsthand the difference these services can make in helping students complete their degrees. It is an honor to support student parents here at the U and I am daily inspired by the hard work they do to give their families a bright future!

What drew you to the University of Minnesota?

I see the University as playing a key role in our state, and our region. I wanted to work for a place that is dedicated to raising up the next generation of Minnesotans by providing quality education that helps students achieve their dreams.

What is something you wish you knew before starting your career?

Some of the coolest opportunities and best career fits are ones we discover along the way. Before I started working for student-parents, I didn't realize that resources like ours existed or that a career could focus specifically around the student-parent popluation. Now I hope to work with this amazing group of people for many years to come.

What resources or services are available to student parents on campus? 

The ISPC is a community of student parents on campus that hosts events and monthly lunches as a way for student parents to support each other. As a Student Parent Counselor, I am available for intakes and other meetings to help students learn about resources and get screened for grants that help cover childcare expenses.

What drew you to CHIP/How did you hear about CHIP/Why did you want to become engaged with CHIP?

ISPC was started by a student parent in medical school who wanted a community specific to the student-parents in health professional fields. I was inspired by her vision, and enjoyed collaborating with the CHIP staff in hosting our first Parent-to-Parent event in 2018. I have always appreciated the intentional collaboration within CHIP and the value CHIP places on learning from each other to improve the quality of healthcare.

 

Jewels Lindholm, MSW, LGSW

Jewels Lindholm

Title: Program Coordinator & Family Clinician at the First Episode of Psychosis- Strengths Program

Organization: University of Minnesota Psychiatry Clinic

Why did you become a social worker?

I became a social worker because of how closely my personal values align to the profession. I am passionate about being an advocate and helping those who are most at-risk and disenfranchised. I enjoy helping people through a difficult situation and to find their worth and potential when they are feeling stuck.

What drew you to the University of Minnesota? 

I was drawn to the University of Minnesota to work with specialty populations, and to be apart of an organization that is well known in advancing and providing treatment that may be unavailable through care as usual in the community. Being involved in a teaching clinic meant that I would be welcomed to join various learning opportunities to enrich my clinical practice, and provide educational experiences to students learning about mental health treatment.  

What is something you wish you knew before starting your career?

Something I wish I knew before starting my career as a mental health social worker is that though this line of work can be extremely rewarding, it can be equally emotionally difficult. I have learned a lot about myself, the importance of self-care, and finding time for self-reflection during challenging times.

What resource or service was essential to your academic and professional success?  

Finding others who have similar passions and values about the population we work with has been essential to my professional success. Along with finding mentorship and good supervision as I continue to grow and learn.  

Why do believe interprofessionalism is an invaluable component of healthcare? 

The MHealth First Episode of Psychosis-Strengths Program demonstrates a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) model reflective of Interprofessional Collaboration and Education (IPC/E). Services are recovery-oriented and highlight shared decision-making to engage young people and their support network. Beginning with the evaluation, the team views the patient as the central member of our efforts. Coordinated specialty care for first episode of psychosis programs provide the best outcomes for patients and have been shown to improve their functional and clinical outcomes.  Learning how to work effectively and collaboratively in an interprofessional team alongside the patient and their natural supports is an approach that patients appreciate, and one that effectively educates and involves learners.

Amanda Moses, MSW

Amanda Moses

What is your relation to CHIP and what projects/ activities do you support at CHIP?

I am an MSW intern at CHIP, and support the Interprofessional Student Parent Community (ISPC) hosted at CHIP by planning family events, student parent and caregiver lunches and events and sending a bi-weekly newsletter. I also support the lactation space at the HSEC building in the new CHIP space and am working on some advocacy projects for student parents and caregivers on campus.

What are your career goals?

My career goals are to provide mental health services to the BIPOC community, specifically Black birthing people and caregivers. I'm also interested in the macro level of social work and policy as well as higher education.

What drew you to CHIP/How did you hear about CHIP/Why did you want to become engaged with CHIP?

I was drawn to CHIP because I'm a firm believer in community, and resourcing yourself as a parent or caregiver. As a student parent myself, to see others facing similar challenges and leaning on each other for support and ideas at the ISPC is very fulfilling. CHIP models itself as a program for students, by students who are invested in an engaged interprofessional future for the health fields which is a huge draw for me.

What drew you to the University of Minnesota?

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, and was drawn to the School of Social Work because of their commitment to continued learning and adapting according to cultural, community and student needs. I feel very supported by faculty and instructors at the University and value the learning environment I'm in.

What is your favorite thing to do while staying safe at home during these times?

My favorite activity while staying at home is cooking! I love putting a meal together for my family. My 9 year old stepdaughter is a total foodie but my 2 year old could live on noodles so it's a balancing act but we've had a lot of fun trying new things. We're also looking forward to driving around to see some great holiday lights!