September 2011 Archives

Southwest Minnesota Regional Career Fairs

Over 1300 high school students from across the Southern MN AHEC region attended the Southwest Minnesota Career Expos at Southwest State University in Marshall, MN and Minnesota West College in Worthington, MN.

Careerexpo.jpg Southern MN AHEC provided simulation and training equipment for local health care professionals to use to offer hands-on demonstrations of their work to engage the students. Over 40 southern Minnesota school districts had students participating in these annual expos hosted by the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative.

Photos from the Southwest Minnesota Career Expos and more information can be found on the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative website.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) presented its 2011 awards to five well-­‐respected rural health leaders and a deserving State Office of Rural Health (SORH) on September 8 during the organization's 2011 Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

2011_rural_health_awards.bmpThe Minnesota AHEC Network is happy to congratulate our colleague Mark Schoenbaum on receiving the 2011 Distinguished Service Award. Schoenbaum is Director of the Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Minnesota Department of Health.

NOSORH presents the award each year to a member who has made an outstanding contribution or contributions to NOSORH and is actively involved in a State Office of Rural Health.

Mark Schoenbaum (right) with Karen Madden, New York Office of Rural Health.

MN AHEC Director Presents on National AHEC Grantee Webinar

atracc.jpgThe AHEC Training and Consultation Center (A-TrACC) hosted two technical assistance webinars titled Interprofessional Education 101: Where do AHECs Fit?.

A-TrACC has invited Amy Blue, PhD, Assistant Provost for Education, Medical University of South Carolina, Barbara Brandt, PhD, Associate Vice President for Education and Director of the Minnesota AHEC Network (MN AHEC), University of Minnesota, and David Garr, MD, Associate Dean and Executive Director, South Carolina AHEC, Medical University of South Carolina, to present the topic.

All three have vast experience in interprofessional education (IPE) and in working with the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Area Health Education Center model. They will discuss opportunities and challenges presented by IPE, share resources and examples, and explore modifying AHEC-sponsored continuing education to meet the needs of interprofessional teams as well as how to track progress in those efforts.

On September 20th, the MN Urban AHEC took part in the second annual Community Day at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis. MN Urban AHEC and MN AHEC Program Office staff were on hand to educate attendees about the opportunities available through our programs.

Community Day coincided with the inauguration week of University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. President Kaler attended the event and gave a brief talk, along with presentations by other leaders and stakeholdres in UROC's mission.


President Eric Kaler and Karen Kaler with staff from UROC and resident programs.

UROC links the University of Minnesota in vital public partnership with urban communities to advance learning, improve quality of life, and discover breakthrough solutions to critical problems. The MN Urban AHEC is housed in the UROC building to take advantage of these collaboration opportunities.


Pam Cosby, Executive Director of MN Urban AHEC talks with community members.

President Kaler Visits with MN AHEC and Partners

The Minnesota AHEC Network (MN AHEC) was selected to be showcased as a part of University of Minnesota President Kaler's tour of the Academic Health Center(AHC) on Monday, September 19.

Barbara Brandt, MN AHEC Director and Associate Vice President for Education for the Academic Health Center, hosted the visit. The event was held in the Health Careers Center, an AHC Office of Education program and MN AHEC partner designed to help undergraduate students prepare for advanced health profession education.


President Kaler, Karen Kaler, Barbara Brandt, MN AHEC Director, Marylin Speedie, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, and students from the Schools of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and Medical School discuss interprofessional teams.

Topics covered during the visit included teaching Health Professional Collaborative Practice to health professions students and practitioners. The the Right Side Up in Otter Tail County interprofessional practice and education team participated in the event via interative television to showcase their team-based work in geriatric fall prevention. Central MN AHEC is a part of the Right Side Up team.

President Kaler and Karen Kaler connect via interactive TV with Central MN AHEC staff and the Right Side Up interprofessional geriatric falls prevention team in Fergus Fall, MN.

Similar interprofessional education and practice teams supported by MN AHEC and the Office of Education were also highlighted to show how new models of health care provide best practices for collaborative care. Teams include faculty, community-based health professionals, and students from medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.

During his tour of the AHC, President Kaler also visited MN AHEC collaborators in the School of Public Health, the simulation center in the Interprofessional Education and Resource Center, and the School of Dentistry.


President Kaler works on his bedside manner as he checks vital signs during the simulation.

Successful Clinical Teaching In Nursing Homes Workshop

Successful Clinical Teaching In Nursing Homes, a one-day workshop for nursing faculty and their nursing home clinical partners, was held Friday, September 16, at the Elim Rehab and Care Center in Fargo, ND.


Laurissa Stigen, Central Minnesota AHEC Executive Director, Vicki Teske, MS, GNP, BC, Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Jane Strommen, Project Coordinator for North Dakota Partners in Nursing Gerontology Consortium Project, and Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Co-director of the MnHCGNE.

This interactive workshop provided effective and innovative strategies to teach geriatric nursing in a nursing home setting. The unique aspect to this workshop is that faculty worked collaboratively with colleagues from their nursing home clinical partners to co-create meaningful learning opportunities for students to learn about the role of the registered nurse in providing care for nursing home residents.

Faculty from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and the Minnesota Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (MnHCGNE) facilitated the workshop. Laurissa Stigen, Executive Director of Central Minnesota Area Health Education Center provided information on some upcoming long-term care education opportunities as well as how the partners are working together.

There was no cost for the workshop. The facility, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks were all generously provided by Elim Rehab and Care Center.

The changing population of K-12 education in some rural Minnesota communities is represented in an article by Mila Koumpilova titled "Worthington schools' growth defies rural trends, but its struggle to help minority students succeed does not".


Students eat breakfast at Prairie Elementary School in Worthington, Minn., on Friday, September 10, 2011. It's the town's only elementary school, boasting more than 1,000 students for grades k-4. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)

The Pioneer Press article covers how the Worthington, MN school system has had an increase in students, which is the opposite of most rural school districts. The community has also had major shifts in student demographics, with the 45% of students being Hispanic in origin and a growing population of African and Asian immigrants.

Worthington is a town of about 12,800 people. It has an economy based on farming and manufacturing, which makes it a drawn for people seeking employment. Worthington is in Nobles county and Southern MN AHEC serves the community with resources to promote the primary care health professional workforce.

Mobile service for Veterans Touring South Central Minnesota

DAV.jpgThe Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will be making stops South Central Minnesota communities this week.

The fully functioning mobile office travels around the country to make it easier for vets to get help with available benefits and services. The schedule for the week:
9/19/2011: Mankato: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Nichols Office Center, 410 E. Jackson St.;

  • 9/20/2011: Blue Earth: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Faribault County Office Building, 412 N. Nicollet St.;

  • 9/21/2011: St. James: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign War Post, 4 S. Seventh St.;

  • 9/22/2011: New Ulm: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at New Ulm Chapter 14, 1522 S. Valley St.;

  • 9/23/2011: Gaylord: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sibley County Service Center, 111 Eighth St.

Jon Retzer, a DAV National Service Office supervisor for Minnesota, told the Mankato Free Press that the office can help veterans with all kinds of issues, from filing claims for benefits and pension assistance to problems with VA medical centers. "People can ask questions about anything and everything."

Health Disparities Summer Internship Project Presentations

Masonic-Cancer-Center.pngHealth Disparities Summer Internship participants recently presented a poster describing his or her research project at a poster session attended by faculty and staff at the Masonic Cancer Center and Academic Health Center.

Six undergraduate students spent five weeks this summer conducting research with faculty mentors in the Masonic Cancer Center's Health Disparities Summer Internship program. Participants in the internship program include students from minority, immigrant, rural, and financially disadvantaged communities and are selected from universities and community colleges state-wide. Students in this year's group included Hmong, Vietnamese, an African-American, and an African immigrant.

The 2011 program was funded by the Sylvia H. Lam Endowed Cancer Research Fund. The program was co-sponsored by two partners of the MN AHEC Network: the University of Minnesota Medical School's Minnesota Future Doctors program, which prepares college-age Minnesotans from underrepresented communities for medical school admission, and the Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research.

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGAPSA) is searching for graduate student panelists for the first Bi-annual BGAPSA Bridging the Gap Scholars Panel on November 8, 2011.

The theme is for this semester's "Health across the Diaspora" and the submission deadline for consideration as a panelist is September 31, 2011.

The Black Graduate and Professional Student's Association's (BGAPSA) Scholar's Panel provides an opportunity to present to other graduate students, faculty, and community members y ongoing research and analysis of topics relating to Health and the African Diaspora. 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.

All proposals will be considered through a blind process. Once received, all applicant names will be removed from all application materials. If interested, please submit an abstract and faculty recommendation to by 5: 00pm on September 30, 2011. Late submissions will not be considered. We will accept only one submission per graduate student.


The University of Minnesota Office for Business and Community Economic Development is now accepting applications for the 2011 Community Health Initiative (CHI) Student Consulting Projects. This program is designed to support students interested in working with community-based organizations that work to address public health issues impacting traditionally underserved communities.

The CHI program matches organizations with undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in either the School of Public Health, Social Work or the School of Medicine, Carlson School of Management or Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs or other graduate programs within the University.

Complete eligibility requirements and online applications for community-based organizations can be found by visiting the CHI website. Applications are due Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

CHI Student Consulting Projects are experiential learning opportunities for students to work on specific projects that have been identified by local nonprofit organizations or businesses involved in addressing public health issues.

These projects attempt to deal with a business need of the organization and may focus in areas including but not limited to market research, marketing, feasibility studies, implementation planning, implementation, health administration, and outreach. Each consulting projects lasts 50-60 hours after which each participating student is paid a stipend of $700.

U-Lead Advisory Academy Accepting Applications


University of Minnesota Extension is currently accepting applications from community leaders across Minnesota for the 2012 U-Lead Advisory Academy.

The mission of the U-Lead Advisory Academy is to grow Extension stakeholders' leadership skills, knowledge and networks, and link Extension stakeholders to University of Minnesota resources.

The U-Lead Advisory Academy is a dynamic educational experience featuring an online component, four in-state sessions, and a five-day national study tour to Washington D.C..

More information and the program application can be are available from the U-Lead Advisory Academy staff. The application deadline is 10/31/2011.

M State Fergus Falls Offers Free Health Care Preparation Course


December 1, 2011 is the deadline for MN Health Professional Loan Forgiveness Programs through the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Minnesota Department of Health. orhpclogosmall.jpg

Minnesota's Loan Forgiveness Program recruits and retains health care professionals to needed areas and facilities within Minnesota.

The program is designed for health care professional serving in health care facilities and communities experiencing a shortage of access to primary health care services in rural and urban areas of Minnesota.


Contact Deb Jahnke for information on these programs at 651-201-3845.

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