January 2011 Archives


The 2011 Class of the Saturday Academy

Twenty-eight students representing 10 high schools participated in the Saturday Academy, a 22-week introduction to dentistry for middle and high school students offered by the School of Dentistry, which kicked off on January 22.

More than 100 students in the Minneapolis School District applied to attend this new program. The Saturday Academy is one initiative of the new Building Bridges to a Career in Dentistry Program, which was created to enhance access to dental care for underserved communities by increasing diversity in the dental workforce.

Minnesota Urban AHEC is proud to be a partner of the Saturday Academy and the Building Bridges to a Career in Dentistry Program.

Southern MN AHEC and Affiliated Community Medical Centers(ACMC) arranged a tour of a Jenni-O processing plant as an occupational health outreach activity for medical students in the region.


Health professionals Angie Jones, Bobbie Rost, RN,COHN, and Mary Strauss, MPN, WAP pose with students Heidi Lehrke, Molly Orcutt, Tasia Halady, Sarah Eisenschenk, Cassandra Bulau, and Colt Edin at Jennie-O.

Students from the Rural Physician Associate Program(RPAP) at the University of Minnesota and Osteopathic Medicine students participated in the tour.

Help Create Great Ideas to Strengthen the Primary Care Workforce in Minnesota

Participate in regional planning for strengthening Minnesota's primary care workforce by attending one of eight two-hour "Great Ideas for Minnesota's Primary Care" regional strategic input planning meetings in February. Complete registration information is available here. The meetings are sponsored by HealthForce Minnesota, the MN Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, and the MN AHEC regional centers.

Who Should Participate

We need input and strategic thinking from professionals involved in a broad spectrum of primary care areas -- service delivery, education, and employment -- as defined in the most holistic, inclusive sense possible because this is what will truly shape effective change for the citizens of Minnesota. This means professionals involved in: high school career counseling, post-secondary education and training for healthcare, hospitals, clinics, community organizations, county social services, dental care, pharmacy, allied health, mental and behavioral health, aging services, and long term care.

View the schedule and register here.


The revised deadline to apply to the Minnesota Urban Physician Loan Forgiveness Program is January 31, 2011. Complete information is online or contact Amy Vallery at 651-201-3870 or amy.vallery@state.mn.us.

The Urban Physician Loan Forgiveness Program provides funds for repayment of qualified educational loans for primary care physicians. Participants must plan to practice for at least 30 hours per week, for at least 45 weeks per year, for a minimum of three years in an underserved urban community.

An underserved urban community in Minneapolis or St. Paul is in designated primary medical care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs), medically underserved areas (MUAs), or with medically underserved populations (MUPs). Use the HRSA website to be sure a clinic is in one of these designations.

MN Urban AHEC Presents at Hawthorne Huddle

MN Urban AHEC Director Pam Cosby was a featured presenter at the Hawthorne Huddle today. She presented on the development of the MN Urban AHEC and on plans for promoting health careers in the community.


Hawthorne Huddle meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month, 7:30-8:45 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Farview Park, 621 29th Ave. N. The meetings are hosted by the the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council.

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