UofM Deans Expand Collaboration with Chinese University

October 17, 2017 - Drs. Lin Zhan and Richard Bloomer traveled to China recently as featured speakers at the second International Forum on Health Education and Promotion held at Sanda University in Shanghai. Zhan, dean of the Loewenberg College of Nursing, delivered the talk "Health Promotion: Concepts & Practice in Nursing." She focused her presentation on building a culture of health for all and used the ACES Project and Let's Talk Health project as examples. Bloomer, dean of the School of Health Studies, shared recent research in his talk "Impact of Dietary Intake on Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease."

As China experiences a rise in obesity and type II diabetes, Bloomer discussed the role of nutrition in preventing the development of the disease.

Both talks highlighted the role that clinicians play in sharing health-specific information with patients and clients in an attempt to improve health outcomes. The forum was held as part of Sanda's 25th anniversary celebration and was attended by several Chinese dignitaries and other VIPs from around the world. Zhan and Bloomer worked with Sanda's chief administrators to solidify collaboration opportunities to include graduate student enrollment, as well as faculty exchange and study abroad programs for faculty and students from both universities. The initial exchange is scheduled to begin in 2018.

"Dean Bloomer and I are both excited about the opportunities this collaboration brings to UofM students and faculty," said Zhan.

Gabrielle Maxey