Center Projects

Minnesota Northstar GWEP

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

The University of Minnesota received a five-year, $3.74 million award of federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). The Minnesota Northstar GWEP is led by an inter-professional team, including the the School of Nursing. 

Elderly woman with walker

Defeating Urinary Incontinence with Exercise Training (DUET)

Dr. Kristine Talley wants to know if urinary incontinence can be improved in frail community-dwelling older women by strengthening their pelvic floor and improving their mobility. In her recent pilot study, older women who did pelvic floor muscle exercises, twice-weekly strength training classes, and scheduled walking reduced their daily incontinent episodes by fifty percent.

Two people walking outdoors

A Community-based Exercise Program to Improve Walking Outcomes in Peripheral Artery Disease: The GAIT Trial

Dr. Ryan J. Mays is creating community-based exercise programs to improve walking ability and quality of life in people with peripheral artery disease. His exercise program uses an innovative approach of detailed training, monitoring, and coaching (TMC) that reflects patients’ perspectives.

patient in MRI

Exploring Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Post Stroke Depression

Dr. Hadidi’s research focuses on using problem-solving therapy, to improve cognition and depressive symptoms in older stroke survivors. She uses brain imaging to explore the impact of problem solving therapy on the activation of neural pathways for cognition and depression.

Older adults exercising

Aerobic Exercise for Older Adults with Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. Fang Yu wants to know if exercise can delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. She has conducted several studies to develop and test a cycling intervention that has shown promising improvements in cognition. Currently, she is conducting a clinical trial to examine the effects of aerobic exercise on cognition and brain structure in community-dwelling older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.

Clinical Teaching in Nursing Homes 

Clinical Teaching in Nursing Homes

Clinical Teaching in Nursing Homes is an interactive web-based resource designed for nursing faculty to create innovative effective clinical experiences for students in nursing homes. 


Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis Assessment Tool

Professor Donna Bliss developed a graphical tool that provides color representations of varying severities of incontinence-associated skin damage on different colors of skin. The laminated tool identifies the different regions where damage often occurs and provides detailed images of each severity level. This tool is the only one of its kind to have undergone psychometric testing by nurses.

PAD Prairie initiative patient

PAD PRAIRIE Initiative

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is partnering with Lake Region Healthcare and Otter Tail County Public Health Department in Fergus Falls, Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, and other rural communities to improve the health and mobility of older adults with peripheral artery disease (PAD) through the PAD PRAIRIE Initiative directed by Professor Diane J. Treat-Jacobson.