Archive of Community Development

The Journey to Create a Federally Qualified Health Center in Northwest Minnesota

Posted by admin on May 11, 2012 in Community Development, Health Care, Rural Health

Nearly 10 years ago, a federal application was submitted by North County Regional Hospital in Bemidji, Minnesota to create a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), which is a provider that is not for profit and serves a high need community. The initial application scored well, but was not funded. Since then, the federal source for creating new health centers has been dormant. With the Affordable Care Act, however, the opportunity to fund community health centers returned and the discussion of creating a center in Bemidji was renewed. In September 2011, Beltrami County was awarded a plann

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Networking for Rural Oral Health

Posted by admin on May 4, 2012 in Community Development, Education, Rural Health

Access to great dental care is a major piece of the overall healthcare puzzle. That is why bringing dental care to rural residents and those struggling financially is such an important focus for Southern Minnesota AHEC. Having a local dentist or dental therapist can make a significant difference for rural and underserved populations, and one of the biggest challenges is placing professionals in these areas. Because of this, making students and professionals aware of the opportunities in rural Minnesota is important. To help spread the word, Southern Minnesota AHEC participated in the Minnes

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Minnesota Urban AHEC Releases Video Featuring The Important Work They Do

Posted by admin on April 10, 2012 in Community Development, Education

Visits to the doctor, dentist and pharmacy are all a part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, many Minnesotans find themselves going without because they encounter barriers to care. While some may believe a lack of access only affects rural areas, urban populations can also struggle with these issues due to either a lack of available providers or an inability to pay. Minnesota Urban AHEC seeks to address these challenges and provide urban communities with the care they need. They work with both providers and students, placing healthcare professionals in underserved areas and helpin

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Northwest Minnesota AHEC’s Joan Tronson Appointed to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health

Posted by admin on March 15, 2012 in Community Development

Joan Tronson, Executive Director of NW Minnesota AHEC, is one of 15 people appointed to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health, and will serve 4 years in the position. The council will make recommendations to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Mary K. Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The primary focus of these recommendations will be the organization, operation, selection and funding of migrant heath centers, which bring primary and supplemental care to migrant workers. The council m

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