Research Projects

ACT Trial

The purpose of the study is to test how a 6-month exercise and cognitive training program affects cognition and brain function in people with mild cognitive impairment over 1.5 years.

Child Health and Food in the Summer (CHeFS)

Working with local school districts and organizations to conduct a study about children's health and summer meal programs. 

Culturally Responsive Nursing Care for American Indian Elders

This interactive resource provides learners with culturally relevant knowledge and examples in American Indian elder culture and introduces strategies to appropriately address cross-cultural issues in clinical settings.


This study examines the efficacy of a remote health monitoring system called the "eNeighbor" for people with memory loss.


The purpose of the study is to test how a 3-month exercise and virtual reality cognitive training program affects cognition and fitness in people who want to improve their memory.


The purpose of our study is to increase our understanding of the effects of aerobic arm or treadmill exercise on leg pain, walking capability, and quality of life in people with claudication.

Families Preventing Diabetes Together

A program for the whole family to promote cooking skills, healthful eating and family meals.


This study examines how a six-month exercise program affects symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and brain function over a year.

Food at Home Study

The purpose of this study is to better understand how home food environments are related to the health of both people who speak Spanish or English at home. This information can be used to design programs and messages to help families have healthier home food environments.

Get a Head Start on Asthma

A useful resource for parents and teachers of preschool children with asthma.

Healthy Engaged Lifestyle to Prevent Stroke (HELPS)

Learn about stroke and key risk factors for stroke in three modules: Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, and Blood Cholesterol. 


The goal of this program is to help families eat healthy foods and eat meals together.

Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis Assessment Tool

A graphical tool that provides color representations of varying severities of incontinence-associated skin damage on different colors of skin.

Indian Family Stories

The goal of the Indian Family Stories Project has been to listen and learn from families who care for American Indian children with special health care needs in order to improve the quality of health care they receive.

Integrative Mental Healthcare

These modules explore how Integrative mental health considers the needs of the whole person.

Knee Osteoarthritis

The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of participation in an 8-week yoga program with general aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises in older adults with knee OA.

Minnesota Youth Sex Trading (MYST) Project

The Minnesota Youth Sex Trading (MYST) project uses actionable research to identify prevention opportunities, guide systems change, and promote wellness among youth. 

Mobile Market Study

The Twin Cities Mobile Market is a grocery store on wheels that visits local communities and offers low-cost, healthy foods. Our team wants to know if the Mobile Market changes the foods people eat and buy and if being close to a Mobile Market stop changes their worries about having enough food.


The purpose of this study is to examine the influence of a physical activity and sleep tracking device on levels of physical activity and sleep among individuals eligible for cardiac rehabilitation.

PAD Prairie

The goals of this partnership are to promote community awareness of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), facilitate screening and identification of PAD and to provide supervised exercise therapy for individuals with PAD in rural Minnesota communities.


Project PECAY will guide the development of a program that promotes healthy adolescent coping and behavioral health amongst Latinx and Somali teens.

Preparing Heart and Mind

Supporting parents during an uncertain time - when there are concerns about a baby’s health before and after birth. The care program includes a mobile app designed for a pregnant person and their caregiving partner (for example, a spouse, partner, or grandparent).


Prime Time is an 18-month youth development program designed to prevent early pregnancy among vulnerable teens. Prime Time combines one-on-one case management and peer educator group sessions, delivered in tandem.


Balance and leg-strengthening exercises, as well as walking, are important for health and wellness. Although these activities are simple and safe, including them in everyday life is challenging-- for so many different reasons. The Ready→Steady Wellness Program is a research project designed to assess different ways to help people to increase and maintain their level of physical activity.


SNAPSHOT stands for Students, Nurses and Parents Seeking Healthy Options Together. The SNAPSHOT team works together with the goal of helping kids make healthy choices when it comes to what they eat, how to be active and how much time to spend using screens, like watching TV and playing video games.


The overall objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a tele-health care coordination and case management nursing intervention for children with complex special health care needs.

Yoga for Parkinson's Disease

The study’s purpose is to assess the effect of yoga on measures of oxidative stress; motor function; and non-motor function in individuals with Parkinson’s disease

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