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The Northeast Minnesota AHEC and the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC) are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to a complimentary webinar.

Paul J. Osterbauer, D.C., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Northwestern Health Sciences University will present on Monday June 11, 2012 from 2:00-3:30pm.

Dr. Osterbauer's presentation will take an in-depth look at CAM Therapies and Older Adults.

This webinar is free of charge, but registration is required. Please register for this event at:


Summer Public Health Institute registration opens today for enrolled University of Minnesota students.

The University of Minnesota 11th annual Public Health Institute offers courses for everyone practicing in or studying public health or fields related to public health.

The Public Health Institute includes a collection of fast-paced and interactive courses in nine public health areas with an emphasis on theory-to-practice, with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs, and simulations.

The courses are available May 21-June 8, 2012.

5/21-6/28/2012 - Summer Public Health Institute


The University of Minnesota 11th annual Public Health Institute offers courses for everyone practicing in or studying public health or fields related to public health.

The Public Health Institute includes a collection of fast-paced and interactive courses in nine public health areas with an emphasis on theory-to-practice, with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs, and simulations.

The courses are available May 21-June 8, 2012.

Registration is open for professionals seeking Continuing Education Units. Registration for Graduate credit opens , enrolled University of Minnesota Students can register beginning April 10th and to the public on April 17.

Course topics include:
Culturally Responsive Public Health Practice
Environmental Health Sciences
Food Protection
Global Health
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Public Health Leadership and Management
Public Health Preparedness, Response and Recovery; Research Methods
Women and Child Health and Nutrition.

Graduate credit or noncredit continuing education hours are available.

HealthEquity.jpg2012 Health Equity Conference
April 23-24, 2012
Earle Brown Heritage Center

The agenda 2012 Health Equity Conference will focused on eliminating health disparities. The event will be co-hosted by the Center for Health Equity, Program in Health Disparities Research and the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations.

Information, registration and details on the call for abstracts (due February 15th) are available online.


The Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University Presents
The Fourth International Conference on Hmong Studies
March 30 - 31, 2012
To be held on the campus of Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

The Health Track of the conference includes topics on primary care and community health research in the Hmong community

Registration information is available online.

2/27/2012 - Diversity Matters: Urban Native American Health

Diversity.jpgDiversity Matters: Urban Native American Health
Hosted by University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Monday, February 27, 2012
11:30AM to !:30PM
Room 1-451 Moos Tower

Panelists include Lea Foushee, North American Water Office; Craig Hassel, University of Minnesota; and CoCo Villaluz, Clearway Minnesota.

Open to the public. Lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m. and will include gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options

2/15/2012 - UROC Collaboration Information Session


The University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center(UROC) is hosting their first Collaboration Information Session.

Collaboration Information Session
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
To RSVP, please send an email to or call 612-626-8762.

This event is open to the public and is an opportunity to learn about programs at UROC. As a developing organization, this will be an occasion where UROC can share the work that we are doing and offer an opportunity to foster new collaborations and partnerships.

The MN Urban AHEC is housed in UROC and a collaboration with the University of Minnesota and several other community organizations.

906.gifRamp-Up to Readiness is a school-wide guidance program for students in grade 6-12 that helps them master the knowledge, skills and habits for success in higher education. Ramp-Up to Readiness will help students advance toward reaching five goals by the end of the high school: academic readiness, admissions readiness, career readiness, financial readiness and personal and social readiness.

This free workshop is intended for superintendents, principals, counselors, instructors, and members of academic teams.

College Readiness Consortium Presents:
Ramp-Up to Readiness Workshop
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
10AM to 12PM

Bede Ballroom
University of Minnesota Crookston
2900 University Ave
225 Sargeant Student Center
Crookston, MN 56716

For more information, please contact Michelle Christopherson.

2/13/2012 - Medical School Admissions: The Basics

Medical School Admissions: The Basics

Monday February 13, 2012
3:00 - 4:30
2-530 Moos Tower
Presented by the Health Careers Center at the University of Minnesota
Register online.

An overview of the application process and selection criteria for students planning to apply to the University of Minnesota Medical School. This session will cover the basics of the application process with input from members of the Admissions Committee.

More information on planning for a health career program can be found on the MN AHEC website or you can consult with MN AHEC Network staff and the Health Careers Center.

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For more information, visit the Minneapolis American Indian Center website.


In the last 30 years since the first diagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS, the epidemic has changed and older adults are at greater risk than ever. On Wednesday, January 25th, the Administration on Aging (AoA) will hold a webinar on HIV/AIDS and aging to explore community programs and resources associated with positive aging and prevention.

The Graying of HIV/AIDS: Community Resources for the Aging Services Network

Wednesday, January 25, 2:00 -3:00 pm Eastern.


  • Dr. Charles Emlet, Professor of Social Work, University of Washington | Tacoma & affiliate faculty with the University of Washington Center for AIDS Research
  • Joan DeVaughn, Healthy Aging Project Director, Area Agency on Aging PSA9
  • Diana Travieso Palow, Chief, HIV Education Branch, Division of Training and Technical Assistance, HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA
  • Aisha Moore, Communications Director,
    Carol Crecy, Director, Office of Outreach and Consumer Information, AoA

Presentations will last 60 minutes with a question and answer session to follow; register online.

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the Federal agency responsible for advancing the concerns and interests of older people and their caregivers. AoA is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and is headed by the Assistant Secretary for Aging.

The MN AHEC Network works with the MN Area Geriatric Education Center, a partner HRSA program, to promote education for health professionals on geriatric care.

STEM PressKit_Official_Color_HR.jpgEducation: The Key to Minnesota's Economic Success
with Senator Al Franken

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
12:00 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.

Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance is hosting the talk as a kick off to a series of public talks by prominent government leaders as part of our ongoing commitment to fostering informed and substantive discussion on important matters of public policy.

Strength in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects is an important part of preparing students for continuing education in health professions. The MN AHEC Network can help Minnesotans access STEM resources.

11/19/2011 - University of Minnesota, Crookston Preview Day


New and prospective students are invited to visit the University of Minnesota, Crookston to learn more about the campus during Preview Day, on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The welcome and admissions presentations begin at 10 a.m..

Preview Day is designed to help students and their families as they make decisions about college. Students are encouraged to bring their families along for the in depth look at campus.

Students may register for Preview Day by visiting or by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569.

During Preview Days, students have the opportunity to interact with current students, faculty, and staff as they learn about the U of M, Crookston. Throughout the day the students will be able to receive detailed information about the various opportunities available on the Crookston campus, participate in a question and answer session, tour the beautiful campus, and enjoy lunch in Brown Dining Hall.

For more information, visit

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.

The MN AHEC Network partners with the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Northwest MN AHEC, based in Crookston, leads the way in engaging with University of Minnesota, Crookston students who have in interest in health sciences and health careers.

11/19-11/21/2011 - Collaborating Across Borders Conference


mnruralhealth.jpgThe Minnesota Rural Health Association, will host a cyber conference discussing the status of rural health in Minnesota. The event is being held in honor of the first National Rural Health Day, November 17, 2011.

Date: November 17, 2011 ~ Thursday
Time: 12 -1PM
Topic: Health Status in Rural Minnesota
Presenter: Paul Jansen, MN Dept of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

Minnesota is a healthy state, the sixth healthiest in the nation. But like any healthy person, it is important to give our state population an occasional checkup, too. With that in mind, the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, in conjunction with the Rural Health Advisory Committee, took a regional look at some key health indicators, with an emphasis on the health of rural Minnesotans. This presentation will highlight some of the findings and implications of the recently released report entitled: Health Status of Rural Minnesotans.

Paul Jansen is a research analyst in the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Minnesota Department of Health. Prior to working at the Minnesota Department of Health, he worked as an epidemiologist for the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he focused on occupational and environmental epidemiology. He received his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 2009.

If you are interested in participating in this cyber conference, please email Judith Neppel RN, MSA, Executive Director, Minnesota Rural Health Association to register at

The MN AHEC Network is an organizational member of the Minnesota Rural Health Association. Laurissa Stigen, Executive Director, Central MN AHEC is the 2011-2012 President Elect for the Minnesota Rural Health Association Boards of Directors.

11/17/2011 - National Rural Health Day


National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to "Celebrate the Power of Rural" by honoring the selfless, community-minded, "can do" spirit of that prevails in rural America. But it also gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face - and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers and their advocates working to address those challenges across Minnesota, including:

11/16/2011 - MN AHEC Network Participates in Give to the Max Day


On November 16, Give to the Max Day, you can donate to help support community programming in several MN AHEC Network regions. Check out all of the activities supported by MN AHEC regions and be sure to show your support of health careers promotion.

Central MN AHEC

Northeast MN AHEC

Northwest MN AHEC

Minnesota's nonprofit organizations ask Minnesotans to give to their favorite charities at during the third annual "Give to the Max Day" on Nov. 16, with hopes of raising as much money as possible for nonprofit organizations in 24 hours (starting at midnight on Nov. 16 through midnight on Nov. 17).


The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) 2011 National Conference takes place November 10-12, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN

Held annually since 1978, the AISES National Conference is a one-of-a-kind, three-day event convening high school juniors and seniors, college and graduate students, teachers, workforce professionals, corporate partners, and all members of the "AISES family."

Held in a different North American city each fall, the AISES Annual Conference includes professional development, networking opportunities, student presentations, the largest career fair in Indian Country, awards, and traditional events.

The MN AHEC Network will be exhibiting at the conference career fair on Friday, November 11.

More information and registration can be found at the conference website.

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGAPSA) is hosting its first Bi-annual BGAPSA Bridging the Gap Scholars Panel on November 8, 2011.

The theme for this semester is "Health across the Diaspora."

The BGAPSA Scholar's Panel provides an opportunity to present to other graduate students, faculty, and community members ongoing research and analysis of topics relating to Health and the African Diaspora.

The submission deadline for consideration as a panelist is September 31, 2011. BGAPSA encourages submission of research proposals related to this semester's theme; however, abstracts on other timely topics related to health and communities of color are also are welcome.

The topics listed below are suggested topics for submission of proposals. However, these suggestions should not be seen as exclusive, as the final focus of the panel sessions will depend on reoccurring theme of the selected proposals. With that in mind, please submit your proposal under the topic that is most relevant.
• Chronic illnesses and African/African American populations
• Mental health
• Portrayals of illness or health within the Arts and Humanities
• Historic health trends among communities of color
• Health disparities, social determinants of health and the law
• Health policy and communities of color
• Mental health
• Child health
• The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Research topics that focus on interdisciplinary approaches and research methods are also strongly encouraged.

If interested, please submit an abstract and faculty recommendation to by 5: 00pm on September 30, 2011.

11/4/2011 - Fourth Annual Film Festival on Aging

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2011 Many Faces of Community Health Conference
"Building Blocks For Better Health"

Thursday & Friday, October 27 - 28, 2011
Hilton Minneapolis - St. Paul Airport

Many Faces of Community Health is a two day conference that explores way to improve care, reduce health disparities in underserved populations and among those living in poverty.

The event is presented by the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, the Minnesota Department of Health - Diabetes Program and Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program, and the Neighborhood Health Care Network.

10/21/2011 - Government and Nonprofit Career Fair

GovnonFair.jpgGovernment and Nonprofit Career Fair
Friday, October 21st, 2011
Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. Details and registration information available here.

10/13/2011 - Minnesota Health Care Round Table


10/13/2011 - Corps Community Day

ccdlogo.jpg The first Corps Community Day will be on October 13, 2011, during the 13th annual National Primary Care Week.

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is conducting a variety of events and activities nationwide on this day in an effort to recruit additional health professionals to serve communities in need and to strengthen the public's understanding of the importance of access to primary care.

Check out Corp Community Day events in your area.

MN AHEC staff across Minnesota are NHSC Ambassadors and are available to help with questions about NHSC opportunities available year round.

10/12/2011 - Graduate and Professional School Day

Graduate and Professional School Day
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

Graduate and Professional School Day is a great way to connect with a large number of graduate schools, without leaving campus!

This University-wide event provides students the opportunity to speak with representatives from health sciences, law, business, education and a variety of other graduate and professional programs. About 100 graduate/professional programs participate in this event. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore graduate school options.

The event is hosted by CLA Career Services at the University of Minnesota and is free and open to the public.

10/6/2011 - Diversity Networking and Scholarship Event


Diversity Networking and Scholarship Event
Thursday, October 6, 2011
University Hotel Minneapolis (formerly the Radisson University Hotel)
615 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

Join the Office for Equity and Diversity and University Career Services for the Diversity Networking and Scholarship Event. This event is an opportunity for diverse undergraduate students at the U to:

  • Meet and network with representatives from Twin Cities employers who are interested in increasing their organizational diversity
  • Talk to scholarship experts on-site to help answer your questions
  • Learn about internship opportunities with local corporations and government agencies.

Registration for students and interested organizations can be found online.

Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN) 2011 Annual Meeting
When: October 5-7
Where: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

The 2011 annual meeting will emphasize the importance of diversity and cultural competency in the development of the health care workforce. As our country becomes increasingly more diverse, so too does our patient population, making it even more
important to have a diverse health care workforce to meet the changing populations' needs.

Central MN AHEC is involved with a PIN project in central Minnesota.PIN grants are awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the capacity, involvement and leadership of local foundations and community partners in implementing localized nursing shortage solutions to serve as templates for communities facing similar issues nationwide.

If you have a question about the PIN meeting, please contact Renee Jensen Reinhardt.


9/23/2011 - Health Care Ethics Workshop

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logo_uofm_D2D-002.gifTransforming Partnerships: Community Engagement for Health Summit
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
8:00am - 2:00pm
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of the University of Minnesota is embarking on a new mission to create meaningful connections among researchers and the community to reach toward our mission: improving health by accelerating discoveries into practice. To this end, the Office of Community Engagement for Health (OCEH) of the CTSI would like to invite you to participate in this one day summit to begin the dialogue on how the Community and University can co-design strategies and activities to transform the research process.

The overall goal of this Summit is to gather community advisory members, university engagement faculty and staff, and others interested in furthering this goal to celebrate our growing partnerships and discuss recommendations for supporting engagement between the Community and University to improve health. This meeting will include some plenary-style presentation and small group working sessions.

This event is free, but you must register BEFORE Tuesday, September 13th 2011.


What: A presentation and discussion about Navigators: Jobs and Health Care for Minnesota Communities
When: Tuesday, August 30th 2-3:30 pm
Where: Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, 2525 Franklin Ave. E., Suite 200, Minneapolis 55406

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) federal healthcare reform passed in 2010 offers states many opportunities to reduce racial, gender, and geographic inequities in health, create jobs, and increase the citizen voice in the health care access. But the law is still being written, because many key decisions are left up to states.

The ACA created a new role called "Navigators" whose job will be to help people purchase insurance on the Health Care Exchanges that are currently being set up by states.

This role could be a great opportunity for jobs, and to increase access to health care for communities of color, low-income, and rural communities that have the least access to the current system and would likely have the least access to the web-based health care exchange.

If you have questions or to RSVP, please contact Sarah Greenfield at 651-379-0751.

Migranthealthservices.jpgTo honor Farmworker Health Day, Migrant Health Services Inc is hosting an Open House.

Thursday, August 11th from 4-7pm
Townsite Center
810 4th Ave S, Suite 101
Moorhead, MN

Take a tour of the clinic and the mobile unit, check your blood pressure, become aware of farmworkers in the U.S., and learn more about the services provided by Migrant Health Services Inc!

National Farmworker Health Day is a part of the week-long celebration of Community and Migrant Health Centers. The special needs and contributions are highlighted on this day.

For more information on this event or our services, please e-mail Peter Turpin.

8/9/2011 - Scrubs Camps, Grades 6,7, & 8 - Avera Marshall

Scrubs Camp at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center
Aug 9, 2011
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

avera-marshallsmall.JPGScrubs Camp is a one-day program that gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of health careers by providing:

  • Hands-on activities
  • A glimpse behind the scenes at the hospital
  • Access to health care professionals
  • Scrubs attire for each student
  • Information on health careers such as: pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, long-term care, laboratory, emergency care, therapy and more!

Scrubs Camp is open to 40 students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades in the 2010-2011 school year.

Register today!

Sponsored by Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center and Southern Minnesota Area Health Education Center

smallkahler2011.jpgThe new president of the University of Minnesota, Eric Kaler, will visit communities in southern Minnesota next Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 2-3.

Kaler will discuss his vision for the future of the university, learn about the university's many connections to Minnesota's agriculture and farm industry, and meet with key leaders.

More details can be found here.

6/27-6/28/2011 - Minnesota Rural Health Conference


The Minnesota Rural Health Conference "Cornerstones of Rural Health: Access, Community, Quality Value" is June 27-28, 2011, in Duluth, Minnesota.

The MN AHEC Network will be an exhibitor at the conference and Central MN AHEC will be giving a presentation.

For more information contact Minnesota Rural Health Conference at 218-727-9390 or

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.

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.

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