November 2011 Archives

MAFP.jpgMinnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has released a call for abstracts for their 2012 Research Forum. Abstracts are due January 27, 2012. The Research Forum will take place on March 31, 2012.

Abstracts should contain original research and be relevant to family medicine. All categories of research will be considered, including practice-based, community-oriented and participatory projects, and descriptive studies. Quality Improvement projects, clinical case presentations, and literature reviews are acceptable if they generate original conclusions.

Research can be presented as a poster rather than as a live presentation. Poster submissions do require an abstract.

Abstracts can be submitted by medical students, residents, practicing physicians, academic physicians, and researchers.

Please visit the MAFP website for details on submitting an abstract.

Northwest MN AHEC board member Ray Christensen, MD is the treasurer of the MAFP House of Delegates.

BrainU is a grant-funded professional development program that teaches educators neuroscience principles and effective methodology for teaching neuroscience in the middle to high school classroom.

BrainU's web site contains professional development resources and lesson plan materials for grades 5 through 12 science teachers.

Science teachers from Minnesota and Wisconsin have utilized BrainU training and resources since the program's inception in 2000. Content ranges from 2-week-long teacher training sessions to 1-hour student assemblies, hands-on activities, student/teacher guides, handouts, and other materials.

BrainU is developed by the University of Minnesota Department of Neuroscience and Department of Curriculum and Instruction and is a resource in the STEM Education Center in the College of Education and Human Development.

Strength in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects is an important part of preparing students for continuing education in health professions.

The project is funded by SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award), supported by the National Center for Research Resources, a part of the National Institutes of Health, with additional funding from SEDAPA and ARRA.

Preparation for the Future of Rural Dentistry

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry students shared their experiences to pre-dental students in an event promoting the future of dental careers.


Pictured, L-R, Back row: Lori Larson, Central MN AHEC Regional Specialist; Kelly Stein, Dental Hygiene Student; Adam Swingdorf, Dental Student; and Dr. Paul Schulz, U of MN Department of Primary Dental Care Outreach Director. Front row: Meghan Reedy, U of MN Community Health Dental Outreach Program Specialist; Rachel Uppgaard, Dental Student; Megan Meyer, Dental Therapy Student; Laurissa Stigen, Central MN AHEC Executive Director, and Joan Tronson, Northwest MN AHEC Executive Director.

Pre-dental students from Concordia College, Minnesota State University--Moorhead (MSU), University of Minnesota, Morris, and North Dakota State University (NDSU) heard first-hand ideas to help them become prepared for Dental School as well as a career in Dentistry.

On Thursday, October 29, Central Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Northwest MN AHEC and the University of Minnesota School Of Dentistry sponsored "The Future of Rural Dentistry" on the Concordia College campus in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Two dental students, a dental therapy student, and a dental hygiene student, along with School Of Dentistry Department of Primary Dental Care Outreach Director Dr. Paul Schulz and Community Health Dental Outreach Program Specialist Meghan Reedy, presented to the pre-dental students. The students talked about their career paths, the preparation and education involved, and what the current outlook is for dentistry, especially in rural Minnesota.

Over 45 people were in attendance including the pre-dental students, dentists from rural communities, and instructors from NDSU and MSU.

Laurissa Stigen, executive director for Central Minnesota AHEC was pleased with the event. "The focus of this event was to create an informal atmosphere so University of Minnesota students could easily network with pre-dental students, dentists and other dental professionals." Stigen said there were a lot of valuable conversations taking place.

"One of the dentists attending was from Fergus Falls. He complimented the School of Dentistry's excellent team and said that he is optimistic about the future of dentistry," said Stigen.

Earlier in the day, the University of Minnesota students also presented to two Human Anatomy classes at Moorhead High School. Events such as these connect students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.

One pre-dental student summed up the evening events by writing, "The most valuable part of today's event was hearing the current dental students talk about what the school is like, life during dental school, and hearing dentists talk about their practices. This was a wonderful way to spend my evening!"

The MN AHEC Network hosted a booth at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) 2011 National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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The conference is held annually and there were over 1,800 attendees from across the nation. MN AHEC staff from across the state enjoyed attending presentations and talking with a wide range of high school, college, and graduate students and educators about AHEC resources in health careers exploration - not only in Minnesota, but across the country.

MN AHEC Network staff were also pleased to meet Iva GreyWolf, Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska AHEC. Her AHEC was also exhibiting at the conference. The 2012 AISES National Conference will take place in Anchorage, Alaska.

American Indian health careers promotion is one of seven focus areas identified by the MN AHEC Network as a priority for programming and effort.

logo-hshc.pngThe National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program pilot application cycle is now open.

The Students to Service Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO) in their last year of school, in return for a commitment to provide primary health care services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need.

This and other NHSC programs are seeking applicants who have an interest in serving in rural and urban communities with limited access to health care and in providing care through their initial service commitment and beyond. MN AHEC Network staff across Minnesota serve as NHSC Ambassadors and are available to assist interested students in their application process.

MN AHEC Regions Take Part in Give to the Max Day


November 16 is Give to the Max Day and you have the opportunity to donate funds to help support community programming in several MN AHEC Network regions. Check out all of the activities made possible by MN AHEC regions and be sure to show your support of primary care health careers promotion across Minnesota.

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).

northwesterncenter.jpgThe Northwestern Mental Health Center, in Crookston, MN, is featured in an article on the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) website.

In the piece, Northwestern Mental Health Center Executive Director Dan Wilson, LCSW, shares how the NHSC has benefited the organization. Here is an excerpt:

The Northwestern Mental Health Center (NMHC), in Crookston, MN, has been with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for over 17 years, and in that time we've benefited from 20 NHSC providers. We serve six rural counties in northwest Minnesota, and the widely distributed locations of our services reflect the sparsely populated geography of the area. We are very much an integrated, rural mental health program, integrating mental health with primary health care services and public education through co-location. The facility operates in 12 locations in the area and in client homes.


The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has launched an Alumni Network and a redesigned website this week. Visit the site to learn more about opportunities with the NHSC, link to Corps resources, and obtain the latest news and information from the NHSC.

The NHSC, through its providers and sites, plays an important role in helping to address the country's primary care shortage. The NHSC provides scholarships and loan repayment The NHSC is a Federal government program that is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The MN AHEC Network is also a HRSA program.

NHSC alumni include thousands of providers who have served in the Corps and made a significant contribution to the health of the nation's underserved communities. The primary purpose of the NHSC Alumni Network is to offer former members a means to stay connected with the Corps. For those alumni interested in playing a more active role, the NHSC welcomes the support to increase awareness about the NHSC, primary care and working in underserved communities.

There are several MN AHEC Network staff who are NHSC Ambassadors and they are glad to help address questions about the NHSC and qualifying for funding.

The Central Minnesota AHEC Board of Directors invited dental, dental therapy, and dental hygienist students and faculty from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry to their meeting, on November 10, 2011. Joan Tronson, Director of Northwest MN AHEC, was also a guest at the meeting.


The School of Dentistry students engaged the board in an active conversation about the future of dental careers and rural dentistry. The students were able to share their paths towards dental careers and their experience training on the mobile dental unit and in outreach clinics in Hibbing, Wilmar, and Minneapolis, MN.

The meeting was held at the Clay County Family Services Center in Moorhead, MN and after the meeting, board members took the opportunity to tour the Family HealthCare Center Dental Clinic also located at the Center.

The students were escorted by Paul Schulz, DDS, MPH, Director of the Mobile Dental Unit and Director of Outreach Programs in the Department of Primary Dental Care at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Schulz had a long standing relationship with the MN AHEC Network. He is a member of the Southern MN AHEC Board of Directors and serves as the MN AHEC Network Dental Outreach Director.

The MN AHEC Network has built a strong collaboration with the School of Dentistry to impact dental access across the state. Partnerships include coordinating experiences for students in MN AHEC regions and garnering financial support to promote the School's commitment to community outreach and dental careers promotion.

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