March 2011 Archives

6/21-6/23/2011 - North Shore H.O.T. Camp

Northeast MN AHEC invites 8th -12th grade students to take part in the 2011 North Shore Health Occupations Today(H.O.T.) Camp June 21 through June 23, 2011.

This 3-day program is for students who have an interest in a health career. Attendees will get a chance to meet professionals, tour health care facilities, and engage in hands-on activities.
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Explore careers such as:
-Emergency Medicine
-Athletic Training
-Physical Therapy
-Massage Therapy & many more!

Applications must be received by June 3rd, 2011. For more information, please contact Brittany Chopp at 218-312-3010.

6/15-6/17/2011 - Camps to Careers, Focus on Health Care

Central MN AHEC is hosting Camps to Careers, Focus on Health Care, a program for students in grades 9 to 12 with interest in health care.

Camps to Careers, Focus on Health Care(C2C) is an exciting opportunity for students to explore and prepare for exciting, high-wage, high-demand careers in the health care field.
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Students can 'try on' careers through interactive, hands-on projects. Participants will also receive resources and guidance to take the next steps in their career development.

CCH will be held on the University of Minnesota Morris campus and will feature a variety of experts from the health care field.

In addition, students will stay on campus for the two nights of camp, and get the experience of living on a university campus.

Registration forms are now being accepted.
The priority registration deadline is May 15, 2011.

Cost: $50 per participant which includes dorm room, meals, and activities.

When: June 15, 16, 17, 2011

Questions? Contact Central MN AHEC Regional Specialist Lori Larson at 218-736-1690.

The cost for this camp is subsidized by Minnesota's Pathways to Employment Initiative.

6/13-6/15/2011 - Moose Lake H.O.T. Camp

Northeast MN AHEC invites 8th -12th grade students to take part in the 2011 Moose Lake Health Occupations(H.O.T.) Camp June 13 through June 15, 2011.

This 3-day program is for students who have an interest in a health career. Attendees will get a chance to meet professionals, tour health care facilities, and engage in hands-on activities.

Explore careers such as:
-Emergency Medicine
-Massage Therapy
-Clinical Laboratory Science
-Public Health
-Dental Hygiene & many more!

Applications are due May 27th, 2011.
For more information, please contact Brittany Chopp at 218-312-3010.


The Center on Aging and Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center are pleased to welcome J. Andrew Billings, MD, co-director of Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, as keynote speaker to the June 1, 2011, Summer Institute.

The 2011 Summer Institute: Understanding Palliative Care Across Settings, will provide an opportunity for health professionals, clinicians, administrators, educators,

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Please see the 2001 Summer Institute Brochure for additional information and registration details.

5/3-5/6/2011 - 34th NRHA Annual Rural Health Conference

NationalRuralHealthAssociation.gifThe National Rural Health Association will hold the 34th Annual Rural Health Conference in Austin, Texas, May 3-6, 2011.

The Minnesota Rural Health Association is offering their membership the opportunity to participate in a cyber conference on palliative care that will describe working models and future opportunities to offer these services in rural Minnesota. mnruralhealth.jpg

Date: Friday, April 29,2011
Time: 12 Noon-1 P.M.
Topic: Palliative Care: Opportunities and Successes in Rural Minnesota

Palliative care aims to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life for people with advanced illness and their families. It is offered at the same time as all other medical treatments a person may be receiving (intended to provide comfort and relieve pain and other symptoms of chronically ill and dying patients).

Since 2008, Stratis Health, with the assistance from the Fairview Health Services' Palliative Care Program, has led palliative care initiatives with 16 rural Minnesota communities to assist in the development of community-based palliative care services.

In September 2010, the Northeast Minnesota AHEC was awarded a three-year $600,000 grant through the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration CFDA: 93.912 for the Rural Health Workforce Development Program. The project title is Palliative Care Initiative (Pall CI).

The goal of the Northeast Minnesota AHEC's Pall CI is to train, support, recruit, and retain primary care and allied health care professionals who have a commitment to providing palliative care in the Northeast Minnesota AHEC's mnHEALTHnet Network.

Learn about the findings from this work, additional opportunities for community support for developing rural palliative care services

Janelle Shearer, RN, BSN, MA: Janelle is a program manager with Stratis Health and is currently leading the Stratis Health Rural Palliative Care Projects.

Brendan L. Ashby, MBA, MPH, CHES, FACHE: Brendan is the executive director of the Northeast Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

If you have interest in participating in this cyber conference, please contact Judith Neppel RN, MSA, Executive Director, Minnesota Rural Health Association to register.

Accelerating the Future: The Changing Face of Health in America
An event of the School of Public Health Continuing Education Roundtable

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Coffman Memorial Union

Objectives for the event:

1. Explore strategies that target the underlying causes of health disparities in minority, immigrant, and low income populations.

2. Examine policy level strategies to reduce health disparities. We will specifically focus on the intersection of immigration and health care reform in reducing health disparities.

3. Examine institutional and other level strategies to reduce health disparities. We will focus on strategies at the institutional (i.e. health care system) and other levels to reduce cancer disparities.

An agenda and registration information can be found on the University of Minnesota School of Public Health website.


Save the Date for an interprofessional event, From Stigma to Care, for medical, pharmacy and RN students.

This educational event will take place on Monday, April 18th, 2011 from 10am to 3pm at Lakeland Mental Health in Fergus Falls.

Additional details will be provided when students RSVP.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 11, 2011 to Laurissa Stigen at Central MN AHEC, or 218-736-1601.

4/11-4/14/2011 - National AHEC Organization Spring Meeting


National AHEC Organization Spring Meeting will take place April 11-14, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia.

This conference is designed for Area Health Education Center regional directors and program directors from across the country to connect with colleagues, learn about opportunities for outside collaboration and grant writing, and spend a day on Capitol Hill.

On Friday, April 8th, 2011, nursing students from central Minnesota are invited to participate in the Students Investing in Nursing's Future-Geriatrics (SIN-G) Event at Alexandria Technical College.

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Central MN AHEC is hosting the event along with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and West Central Initiative. This event is supported through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Partners Investing in Nursing's Future
(PIN) program, and local matching funds.

You are welcome to review the agenda and contact Laurissa Stigen, Director of Central MN AHEC, for more information.

University of Minnesota School of Public Health Student Research Day
Monday, April 4, 2011
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall

All are welcome to join School of Public Health students and learn about their research interests. A list of students presenting posters and their topics is available online.

SPH Student Research Day is a time to:

* Honor and celebrate the research endeavors of public health students.
* Show others the kind of research activities possible in public health by students.
* Encourage students to consider further research in their public health careers.
* Give all SPH students the experience of developing and presenting a poster.

The Health Careers Center at the University of Minnesota is hosting a Collaborative Health Care Event on March 31.

The goal of the event is for pre-health professionals to learn to develop strategies to work collaboratively. Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer, a world expert in health care systems, will begin the night speaking about team-based implications of health care reform.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
6:00 - 8:00pm
Science Teaching & Student Services Building
Room 412
222 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Please contact the Health Careers Center with questions and RSVP online.

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