Faculty Stories

May 17, 2019
A new episode of the Center's "Take 5 for Your Health and Wellbeing" podcast is out! In this episode, we sit down with Katie Schuver to discuss the topic of yoga as an integrative healing mechanism, as well as the different yoga course offerings here at the Center.
March 11, 2019
The third International Integrative Nursing Symposium is only two months away! If you're planning on attending, the podcast episodes below feature University of Minnesota wellbeing experts who will be presenting at the Symposium. Or if you're simply interested in learning more about integrative health and healing, these episodes of the Center's Take 5 for Your Health and Wellbeing podcast will help you learn more.
February 25, 2019
Roni L. Evans, Ph.D., D.C., M.S., research director of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program and an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health. The NACCIH serves as the principal advisory body to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the lead federal agency for research on complementary and integrative health.
January 14, 2019
At the start of each new year, I am tuned into the information shared about lifestyle changes in the news and other popular forms of communication. This year I was pleased with the tidbits of information I was hearing and seeing on Good Morning America, The Kelly and Ryan show, and The New York Times. I wanted to share some of the highlights that stood out to me. They are key strategies for making lifestyle changes that will last.
December 19, 2018
Water is fundamental to survival - it is one of the most important shared resources for and by all and relies on our collective care. Water is elemental. It is made up of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms bonded together. It comes in three forms (gas, solid and liquid) all mutually supporting the other. Expressed another way, it comes from the air (gas) and returns to the earth (solid) and in-between it drenches (liquid).
December 4, 2018
Written by Erik F. Storlie, Ph.D. “The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is compos sui if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence. But it is easier to define this ideal than to give practical instructions for bringing it about.” William James, Principles of Psychology (1890)
November 30, 2018
On the rivers, there is the pull of gravity drawing me downstream. It creates its own rhythms of standing waves and swirling eddies. Then there is the long, slow inhalation and exhalation of changing water levels.
November 29, 2018
Center friend, mentor, and namesake Earl Bakken passed away on Sunday, Oct. 21. Through articles and columns in past issues of Mandala, you have come to understand the Center’s deep connections with Earl and the many ways in which he has influenced our work to advance wellbeing for all. Since 2004, the Center has been hosting integrative healing and wellbeing courses in Hawaii. These include academic courses for graduate students, such as those in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching programs, and a two to three week rotation for medical students. Below, past students who attended these immersive learning experience share memories of meeting Earl. In 2017, the Center dedicated a special issue of Mandala to Earl. To view this magazine online, visit z.umn.edu/BakkenMandala
November 26, 2018
"When you look for the good in others, you also discover the good in yourself." Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer with a Monday Refresh on Kare 11.
July 31, 2018
"Patients and families are voicing a desire for (an integrative) approach to care, and there is increasing evidence that integrative approaches can improve clinical outcomes including symptom management. If embedded into the ongoing delivery of care, the implementation of integrative nursing is both feasible and sustainable. It requires investment in education and leadership, and perhaps most importantly, a culture change that embraces a whole-person, whole-system approach to patient care." - Center faculty Megan Voss, DNP, and Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, in a new paper published in MDPI.

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