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Minnesota Urban 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.

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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.

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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 amy.vallery@state.mn.us or 651-201-3870.

Position Posting: MN Urban AHEC Administrative Coordinator

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The Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center (AHEC) was established in fall 2009 to strengthen the connections between the health professions programs at the University of Minnesota and underserved urban communities in the Twin Cities.

The Minnesota Urban AHEC is currently seeking an Administrative Coordinator.

The full-time Administrative Coordinator within the Minnesota Urban Area Health AHEC will be primarily responsible for providing administrative support to the center executive director.

For details and application instructions, please visit the University of Minnesota Physicians Career website.

MN Urban AHEC Supports Urban SCRUBS Camp

The Urban SCRUBS Camp was a five-day residential experience, Aug. 1-5, 2010, for youth grades nine -12 interested in health related careers.

Students participated in hands-on workshops, toured labs and medical facilities, and networked with college students, faculty, and health professionals while learning about the wide array of health-related professions in the fields of medicine, dental, nursing, public health, emergency medicine, physical fitness, cardiovascular, laboratory, bioinformatics, sleep technology, and more.

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The Minnesota Urban AHEC facilitated scholarships for 22 students from the Northside of Minneapolis and its suburbs, to attend Urban SCRUBS Camp. Scholarships were provided by UCare, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center and the Minnesota Urban AHEC.

Urban SCRUBS Camp was presented by HealthForce Minnesota, Augsburg College, Cedar Riverside Partnership, Fairview Health Systems, Minnesota Urban AHEC, the University of Minnesota and its Health Careers Center.

Pam Cosby has been named executive director of the newly established Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center.

Pam Cosby has been named executive director of the newly established Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center.

The Minnesota Urban AHEC is the state's first and only urban AHEC and joins four existing rural AHECs. The center will work in collaboration with the AHC's six health professions schools and in close partnership with Minneapolis urban communities to address health professional workforce needs. Efforts will focus on nurturing an interest in health careers among youth and providing community-based and interprofessional education for health professions students. Pam Cosby will serve as the founding executive director.

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Cosby is a long-time resident of North Minneapolis and has a broad range of leadership experience in the area of community health and youth development. Most recently, Cosby served as program coordinator for the National Community Center of Excellence in Women's Health at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center of Hennepin County. She has also served Hennepin County as a community liaison staff member for the North Minneapolis Health Advisory Committee and for the Racial Disparity Initiative for the Council on Crime and Justice.

The Minnesota Urban AHEC is located at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC) on the Northside of Minneapolis. The Minnesota Urban AHEC will partner with a number of community and University organizations in its collaborative work with North Minneapolis, Phillips, and other urban neighborhoods. Key partners include NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC), Broadway Family Medicine Clinic, and the University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research.

Pam Cosby, MPA
Executive Director
Minnesota Urban AHEC
University of Minnesota
2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
612/624-4541 (office)

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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