Dear members of the Academic Health Collaborative:
2016 was a significant year for health education at URI as we saw the creation of a new College (Health Sciences), the welcoming of two new leaders to the University (Deans Barbara Wolfe and Gary Liguori) and the launch of a new approach to health education, service and research (the Academic Health Collaborative). As you will note, the fall semester was an active one as grassroots efforts by health faculty, staff and students moved our ideas and innovations forward.
An important factor in our success in building our Collaborative will be the involvement of many across the health disciplines. The New Year will see stakeholders coalesce around a number of salient initiatives and we encourage your input and involvement. For those interested in interdisciplinary academics, we would all benefit from your engagement in building a Masters in Public/Population Health program, a Masters in Health Management, minors in Health Entrepreneurship or Health Communication or any number of J-term courses. Research opportunities abound as the Institute for Integrated Health and Innovation implements several important partnerships with Rhode Island health agencies and health systems and the recently awarded Advance-Clinical Translational Research grant. Faculty-directed service learning at facilities such as Clinic Esperanza in Providence, or on health mission trips abroad, offer our students wonderful interprofessional experiential perspectives.
The nexus for our Collaborative programs is our recently created Institute. I encourage you to contact Bryan Blissmer, director of the Institute for Integrated Health and Innovation, to find a place to engage your interests and talents! Your ideas, participation and leadership are critical to the success of all in the health family at URI, and to the health of the patients that we all ultimately serve.
Thank you all for your involvement and best wishes for 2017.