October 2011 Archives

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The Minnesota Department of Health has begun the 2011 Minnesota e-Health Connectivity Grant Program for Health Information Exchange (HIE) application process.

The HIE Cooperative Agreement Program, known as Minnesota e-Health Connect, is funded by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) through the HITECH Act to build capacity in all states for exchanging health information across the health care system both within and across states. The cooperative agreement specifically requires states to use their authority, programs and resources to:

  • Ensure the development of state level directories and enable technical services for health information exchange
  • Convene stakeholders to ensure trust and support for a statewide approach to health information exchange
  • Ensure an effective model for health information exchange governance and accountability
  • Coordinate an integrated approach with Medicaid and public health
  • Develop and update privacy and security requirements for health information exchange
  • Remove barriers and create enablers for health information exchange
The HIE guidance and grant application can be found on the Minnesota e-Health Connect website.


Pictured are Central Minnesota AHEC Executive Director Laurissa Stigen, Senator Al Franken, and Glacial Ridge Health Systems CEO, Kirk Stensrud.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has named U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) the 2011 Legislator of the Year.

On Sunday, October 9, Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood, MN hosted a reception honoring Senator Al Franken on his National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health Rural Healthcare Legislator award.

Mark Schoenbaum, Director of the Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, presented the award to Senator Franken. The award is given annually to recognize an outstanding legislator for his or her work on, and support of, rural health initiatives. Those selected have introduced or supported legislation that addresses an identified rural health need or issue; made a special effort to effect change in rural health policy; and/or demonstrated leadership in the rural community.

Schoenbaum said Senator Franken received the award in recognition of his continued efforts to ensure that Minnesotans in rural communities receive the quality medical care they deserve. "Senator Franken is a member of three panels, the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; the Indian Affairs Committee; and the Senate Rural Health Caucus, where he has tirelessly advocated for rural health improvements. He has written and co-sponsored several important rural health bills," said Schoenbaum. He continued to say Senator Franken joins past recipients of this award such as Senator Max Baucus, Senator Kent Conrad, Representative Gabrielle Giffords and Senator Ted Kennedy.

ihwc.jpgBarbara F. Brandt, PhD, Associate Vice President for Education and Director of the Minnesota Area Health Education Center Network (MN AHEC) will present a paper at the 13th International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC). The event will bring together policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners from the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom with responsibility for and interests in medical workforce issues. It will be held October 24-26, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia.

Dr. Brandt co-authored a paper titled Interprofessional Education and Training in the United States - Resurgence and Refocus with collaborator Madeline Schmitt, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor Emerita, University of Rochester School of Nursing. The paper contributes to an international discussion of the delivery of health care in teams and the move towards more interdisciplinary education and training. Dr. Brandt and her IHWC colleagues will explore developments in interdisciplinary education and training with a particular focus on training content, structure and delivery.

Lori Larson, Regional Specialist from Central Minnesota AHEC attended a presentation by Minnesota State Economist Tom Stinson on "Minnesota And The New Normal".


He presented the state of the economy in Minnesota to the Labor Force Development Group in the central Minnesota region, whose mission is to provide networking, strategic initiatives, and resource sharing designed to build the skills of the workforce and respond to the emerging needs of employers.

Stinson has been the state's economist since 1987, and also holds the position of professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. In his role as state economist, Stinson is responsible for preparing revenue forecasts for the Governor and Legislature.

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