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Central MN AHEC News

Application Deadline Approaching for MN Health Professional Loan Forgiveness Programs

December 1, 2010 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.


According to the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, the purpose of Minnesota's Loan Forgiveness Program is the recruitment and retention of health care professionals to needed areas and facilities within Minnesota.

Applications are available online. Note that most programs require applicants to apply while still enrolled in a program of study or residency.


Loan forgiveness is an important benefit for health care professionals as well as health care facilities and communities experiencing a shortage of access to primary health care services.

Contact Amy Vallery for information on these programs at or 651-201-3870.

Central MN AHEC Social Hub


Central MN AHEC has launched a versatile social hub at

The site links students, health care professionals, and other stakeholders to the latest events, news and information pertaining to Central MN AHEC and their mission.

Visit the site to follow the Central MN AHEC blog, follow them on Twitter, or join them on Facebook.

Also watch for more to come from other regions in the Minnesota AHEC Network.

MN AHEC Partcipates in Day 1 at University of Minnesota

MN AHEC staff were able to take part in the Day 1 events that launched the new 1Health initiative for new health professions students. The event took place September 17th at the Northrup Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Central MN AHEC Executive Director Laurissa Stigen, medical student and recent RPAP student Mark Vukonich, and Central MN AHEC Regional Specialist Lori Larson at the Day 1 event.

Day 1 launches the first phase of the 1Health interprofessional education initiative at the Academic Health Center.


Tri-State AHEC Meeting

August 26, 2010
Tri-State AHEC Conference
Moorhead, MN

MN AHEC representatives from Southern MN AHEC, Central MN AHEC, Northwest MN AHEC, and the MN AHEC Program Office met with representatives from South Dakota AHEC and North Dakota AHEC to discuss common goals and efforts in the areas health professions training and placement.

Central MN AHEC Executive Director Highlighted in National Rural Health Association Publication

Central MN AHEC Executive Director Laurissa Stigen was featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Rural Roads Online, a publication of the National Rural Health Association(NRHA)


Stigen was a 2009 NHRA Rural Health Fellow. The article can be seen here.

Staples Interprofessional Practice and Education Team to Present at MN Rural Palliative Care Outcomes Congress

The Staples Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) team will present at MN Rural Palliative Care Outcomes Congress on Thursday, April 8, 2010, in St. Cloud, MN.

MN AHEC supports 14 IPE teams, including the Staples team, and University of Minnesota Health Professions students participate in the community based projects.

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"RPAP Key to Recruiting Small-Town Docs"

MN AHEC is proud to work with third-year medical students from the University of Minnesota who participate in the Rural Physicians Associate Program (RPAP). There are RPAP students in all four of our established rural AHEC regions.

The program is in its 38th year and has over 1,200 alumni, 57% of which chose to practice in rural areas. RPAP is a unique opportunity in clinical training wherein third-year medical students live and train for nine months in non-metropolitan communities under the supervision of preceptors who are family physicians. These preceptors mentor students in the professional and personal aspects of being a physician.

RPAP students learn clinical medicine, procedures, community health, and the business of medicine.


The program has been highlighted in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center News Capsules. You can also check out the program's newsletter, The Rural Physician, and more information can be found on the program's website.

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks Visits Brainerd Interprofessional Education Site

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Photo Credit: Steve Kohls, Brainerd Dispatch

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks visited a Garfield Elementary 3rd Grade Class in Brainerd, MN on 2/20/2009 to see the work of Brainerd Interprofessional Education Project(IPE). In this photo, President Bruininks is trying out one of the stability balls purchased by the Brainerd IPE team for the class and the school secretary as a part of their Childhood Obesity Prevention project.

The Brainerd IPE Project is one of 14 community based interprofessional education projects supported by funding from the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Office of Education and Minnesota AHEC.

The Brainerd Dispatch was on site to document the visit. Text from the article can be found here.

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MN AHEC Brainerd Interprofessional Education Site Featured on Lakeland News

The MN AHEC Brainerd Interprofessional Education Site was featured on a Lakeland News broadcast on August 21, 2008.


The project focuses on an interprofessional health care team approach to preventing childhood obesity.

The Brainerd IPE site is one of fourteen associated with MN AHEC across the state of Minnesota.

Central MN AHEC is involved with the project, Executive Director Laurissa Stigen is available to address any questions that you have about this project.

Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions cooperative agreement # 1U76-HP00599-01 funded through Title VII of the Public Health Service Act.

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