ORHPC News Update June 2023 - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care



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June 2023

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Last call to register for the 2023 MN Rural Health Conference, June 12-13!

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We look forward to seeing you!

This year's Minnesota Rural Health Conference is back in-person. Join us June 12-13 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). You may register online through Wednesday, June 7. Otherwise, you may register as a walk-in on the day of the conference.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact conference staff by email ruralhealthconference@ruralcenter.org, or by phone at 218-464-6121.

Program to help immigrant physicians resume careers sees early success

In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature established the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Assistance Program and placed it under the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care's administration. One of the program components is the IMG Career Guidance and Support Program which serves as an entry point for IMGs in Minnesota. The current IMG Career Guidance and Support grantee is the International Institute of Minnesota.

KSTP 5 Eyewitness News recently featured the program, which you can view here: Program to help immigrant physicians resume careers sees early success, May 30. 

MDH study of telehealth expansion 

A new study by the Health Economics Program (HEP) of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) highlights the changes in how telehealth is being used in Minnesota. It also has the potential to help many Minnesotans get the care they need, when they need it, and have it covered by their insurance. You may read or download the Study of telehealth expansion and payment parity: Preliminary report to the Minnesota Legislature 2023 and other related materials.

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ECHO Colorado Newcomer Health Series

In partnership with ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Colorado, the Minnesota Center of Excellence in Newcomer Health has been hosting a monthly training on newcomer health. The trainings will continue until November 28 and are held the last Tuesday of the month 9 a.m. ET | 8 a.m. CT | 7 a.m. MT | 6 a.m. PT.

Health Center Stories

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded health centers across the nation have distinguished themselves in promoting public health and providing primary care services in underserved areas. Visit the Health Center Stories webpage for snapshots of the exemplary work health centers have carried out across the country.

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Connecting rural health providers to mentorship, support, Direct Relief, June 2023.

FACT SHEET: The Biden-Harris Administration advances equity and opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities across the country, White House Briefing Room, May 2023.

Long-term care sustainability on agenda in legislative summer study, McKnights Senior Living, June 2023.

Minnesota is getting older, new Census data show, Minnesota Reformer, May 2023.

The cost and need for child care weigh heavy on many farm families, The Bemidji Pioneer, May 2023.

Understanding and overcoming barriers to rural training in family medicine obstetrics fellowships, WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, June 2023.

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Save the date

The Office of Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan have issued the folllowing proclamations:


2023 MN Rural Health Conference

The 2023 Minnesota Rural Health Conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 12-13, in Duluth. 

The 2023 Many Faces of Community Health Conference will be Thursday and Friday, August 10-11, in Bloomington.

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