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Cooperstown, NY – Bassett Healthcare Network announced today that Bassett Research Institute (BRI) has hosted a week-long symposium to build upon the successes of its partnership with Umeå University’s Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.

Umeå University is one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher education, with over 34,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff. Umeå is recognized internationally for its leadership in research and excellence in education.

“The work our BRI researchers do with our Umeå colleagues has an enormous impact on health in our surrounding communities, and around the world,” said Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “We are excited to welcome our colleagues from Umeå and extend our thanks to the entire faculty of the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health for working closely with our researchers. We look forward to continuing and growing this very important partnership.”

Julie Sorensen, PhD

“This has been a long, fruitful collaboration and Bassett has reaped substantial benefit from the mentorship and support from the researchers at the Global Health Department of Umeå University. We are very pleased to have this opportunity to recognize their generosity and this very productive alliance as we plan for growth and continuing success,” said Julie Sorensen, PhD, Director, The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) and The Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

Bassett Research Institute conducts research to understand and improve the health and well-being of individuals and rural populations. BRI develops strategies to improve healthcare delivery, prevent illness, and manage chronic disease.

For over three decades, the Bassett–Umeå team has addressed rural health issues including: rural cardiac disease prevention programs, promotion of farm tractor rollover protective devices, and rural obesity and factors that promote a healthy weight in at-risk populations within Bassett’s service region. “In each case,” continued Sorensen, “resources and expertise from Umea have contributed to making Bassett’s patients and target populations safer and healthier.”

Symposium participants discussed the primary components leading to the success of the prior collaboration and identified further opportunities for solidifying and expanding the partnership between Bassett and Umeå University. Their planning aims to increase research innovation, education opportunities, and productive exchange on how to improve health and healthcare delivery in the coming decade.

Since the 1990s, Bassett Healthcare Network has partnered with Umeå University’s Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, which is an international, multidisciplinary research and teaching environment located within Umeå University’s Faculty of Medicine. Founded in 1986, the department draws people from all over the world with a shared mission to contribute to equitable and sustainable improvements in health and welfare across the globe.

Over this period there have been 37 shared scientific publications, several grant-funded research projects, and four PhDs awarded to Bassett Research Institute staff members by Umeå. The Umeå International School of Public Health is structured to educate foreign students, with intensive on-site instruction interspersed with remote work, enabling students to progress without interrupting their regular jobs. Umeå has offered this to BRI researchers tuition-free.

Melissa Scribani, recently awarded a PhD from Umeå, states:

“This collaboration, with its rich history and numerous scientific achievements, has been a pillar of Bassett Research Institute's success for many years. It also provides exciting opportunities for the future as we work together to enhance the health of our respective rural communities.”

More information about Bassett Research Institute is available here.

About Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, more than 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Bassett Healthcare Network is an equal opportunity provider and employer.