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Northeast MN AHEC Seeks Project Director

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NE MN AHEC seeks a part-time Project Director to provide management for day-to-day operations of Palliative Care Initiative (Pall CI) activities and operations. Project director will serve as the primary point of contact to Pall CI members for the Pall CI and coordinate the support for preceptors, Pall CI health professional team members, recruitment of health professions students, coordination of student rotations, and outcomes assessment.

The Project Director will have responsibility for regular communication with Pall CI members and provide management for project objectives and activities. Individual must have a Bachelor's degree and at least three years of project management experience in community health or related area; Master's degree preferred.

NE MN AHEC is based in Hibbing, MN.

For more information or to apply for the position, please visit Fairview Range at

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.

Bemidji Area Indian Health Services, Tribal, Urban Health Directors Meeting

The Bemidji Area Indian Health Service invited Minnesota AHEC to participate in their Fall 2010 Indian Health Services, Tribal, Urban (I.T.U.) Health Directors Meeting on Wednesday, October 27th.

The meeting was held in Bloomington, MN and was attended by health care administrators from health care facilities that serve tribes in the Bemidji Area Indian Health Service(IHS) region, which covers Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

In the Bemidji IHS region, there are 24 health centers and 33 health stations operated by tribes. In addition, there are five urban Indian health programs operating under the authority of Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

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Other guests included Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Twin Cities and the National Health Service Corps. Both programs share in the mission to improve health care access and support the health care workforce.

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Mary E. Kautto, RN, Outreach Director for Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Twin Cities

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Melissa Hansen, Program Coordinator for Minnesota AHEC

National Health Service Corps Visits Campus

MN AHEC was pleased to have regional Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)representative Rick Selvik come from Chicago to visit the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Slevik was on campus to promote the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to health professions students and faculty. 0142.jpg
Melissa Hansen, MN AHEC Program Coordinator, and Rick Selvik, HRSA
The NHSC is a network of 7,000 primary health care professionals and 10,000 health care facilities working in underserved communities across the country, including 200 sites in Minnesota. To support their service, the NHSC provides clinicians with financial support in the form of loan repayment and scholarships. During his visit, Selvik did a presentation to medical students with Minnesota AHEC staff and he met with Central MN AHEC board member Judy Beniak of the Health Careers Center. He also met with students in the School of Dentistry and participated in the Government Job and Internship Fair at Coffman Union.

NE MN AHEC K-16 Education Director Attends Blandin Community Leadership Program

Brittany Chopp, K-16 Education Director for Northeast MN AHEC, will be attending the Blandin Community Leadership Program.


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The training is a program of the Blandin Foundation, based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. According to their website, "Community leadership training programs offered by the Blandin Foundation help rural leaders develop and enhance the skills, knowledge and relationships they need to build and sustain healthy communities - ones that thrive in times of challenge and opportunity."

Health Careers Fair at UMN Twin Cities

MN AHEC was glad to be one of several programs representing health careers opportunities at the 2010 Health Careers Fair presented by the Health Careers Center, a program in the Academic Health Center.


Health Careers Center staff Scott Simpson and Jennifer Rosand

Undergraduate and high school students from around the Twin Cities metro area attended the event and received information on dozens of health career paths and fields.


MN AHEC Program Coordinator Melissa Hansen

Interested in attending next year? Save the date for the 2011 Health Careers Fair on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Contact the Health Careers Center for more information.

Minnesota's Future Doctors

Minnesota's Future Doctors program allows undergraduate students from underserved communities across Minnesota the opportunity to jump-start their journeys to medical school. Meet Thuy and Charles, participants who have just kicked-off their first year in Medical School.

Minnesota's Future Doctors are interested in science and they are interested in helping people. The program seeks applicants who have successfully completed their first year at a college or university and who are interested in becoming a doctor and serving Minnesota's diverse urban and rural communities.

This is an intense program, taking place over three summers, that requires commitment from those who enroll. Individuals apply in January or February of their first or freshman year of college.

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.


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.

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.


National Health Service Corps Releases New Website


The National Health Service Corps has released a new website to be used to for accessing information on news, events and opportunities.

A partner of MN AHEC, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), through scholarship and loan repayment programs, helps Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the U.S. get the medical, dental, and mental health providers they need to meet their tremendous need for health care.

Train the Trainer session for a New Health Careers Curriculum held in Red Lake Falls

Northwest MN AHEC partnered with the Pine to Prairie Consortium and RiverView Health, to implement a health careers curriculum designed to expose 8th-10th grade students to numerous careers related to health care.

On August 24th, the first Train the Trainer class was held to introduce five health instructors to the curriculum, including a new simulation mannequin.


The simulation mannequin allows for hands-on introduction to some of the tools and materials used by various health professionals, as well as the kinds of tasks they perform. The curriculum also provides career information sheets, activities, and directions to accompany the use of some of the pieces of equipment.

The curriculum and the equipment will travel around to schools in northwest Minnesota. The instructors are encouraged to invite health care professionals into the classroom to assist with the presentations. Plans are in place to train 3 more trainers in December.

The equipment and the curriculum design were made possible by the Health Careers Promotions Grant from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. Contributions were also made by several hospitals and post-secondary education institutions across the region.

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.

1Health: Connecting with Partners

MN AHEC was proud to present and participate in the 1 Health: Connecting with Partners conference August 19th and 20th, 2010 in Chanhassen, MN.

More than 100 health care, government and community leaders and health sciences faculty gathered for two days to discuss the attributes of health professionals in the area of interprofessional collaboration.


Panelists included:
John Gilbert, PhD, FCAHS, Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative
George Isham, MD, MS, HealthPartners
Sanne Magnan, MD, PhD, Minnesota Department of Health
David Moen, MD, Fairview Health Services
Gary Oftedahl, MD, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
Jeffrey Schiff, MD, MBA, Minnesota Department of Human Services


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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