The University Partnership for Underserved Children (UPUC) program is built on OUHSC and ISMU experiences in interdisciplinary education and engages the partners in a dialogue about education for serving underserved populations. Through the phase I Contact Project, OUHSC and ISMU executed an intent to collaborate agreement, completed a formative evaluation of existing resources and educational needs in Russia and the U.S., and developed this phase II Linkage Project proposal. The Linkage Project further develops the partnership between ISMU and OUHSC to exchange faculty members, develop a curriculum for an innovative interdisciplinary training program at ISMU, create a multidisciplinary professional network that will have a shared vision for serving underserved children, and conduct joint training seminars in Oklahoma and Irkutsk. UPUC is of mutual benefit to enhance graduate education in medicine and related disciplines in the U.S. and Russia for serving underserved children and their families through sharing concepts and best practices, extending knowledge on child maltreatment and trauma, and broadening our understanding of the issues faced by underserved children in other cultures.

Program Director at OUHSC: Barbara L. Bonner, PhD

CHF/Jean Gumerson Endowed Chair

Director, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect

Professor of Pediatrics

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC)



Project Director at ISMU: Tamara S. Krupskaya, MD, PhD

Vice-Rector for International and Foreign Student Relations, M.D., PhD

Irkutsk State Medical University (ISMU)

Contact UPP_ISMU

New Views on Diversity Flyer

Siberia in Russia and Oklahoma in the U.S.:

What do we have in common?

August 28, 2015

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

*This project is made possible by the support of Eurasia Foundation the University Partnership Program, (UPP) and is funded by a grant from the United States Department of State Contact Grant Awards W15-1007 and  W15-1017 to Barbara Bonner, PhD at OUHSC and Tamara Krupskaya, MD, PhD at ISMU. The content, opinions, and conclusions of the projects are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Eurasia Foundation and the United States Department of State and the universities.