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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 underrepresented urban communities in the Twin Cities. The MN Urban AHEC serves 11 counties: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright.


Our Mission is to grow the health workforce in the Twin Cities through preparing under-represented communities for health professions by connecting students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health.   



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Dr. Augustus A White III, MD, PhD
August 15, 2012

Dr. White, Orthopedic Surgeon & Author, Harvard Medical School, spent the day in Minneapolis addressing University of Minnesota curriculum committees, faculty, students and staff in the Academic Health Center on the topic of Unconscious Bias in Healthcare. His experience and insight into this issues has led him to author a book on the topic and also share open discussions with AHC administrators, educators and learners to help instigate positive change in the education of our future health care professionals.

To view Dr. White's presentation and discussion with the University of Minnesota AHC curriculum leaders on August 15, 2012, please click here


Minnesota Hospital Programs, Leaders HonoredMHA award winner seal

February 18, 2012
Minnesota Hospital Association News Release: May 21, 2012

Minnesota Hospital Association’s annual awards recognize patient safety, volunteerism, innovations in patient care, hospital excellence

St. Paul — Minnesota hospitals are committed to excellence and innovation in patient care. On Friday, May 18, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 28th annual awards ceremony.

Eighteen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from public achievement and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.

“The achievements showcase the kind of top-quality care that typifies Minnesota hospitals,” said MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa.

“By pursuing excellence in every aspect of their operations, the men and women of these innovative, high-performing hospitals have shown a real passion for the patients and communities they serve,” Massa said. “Thanks to their innovation, diligence and commitment, Minnesota hospitals continue to be among the best in the nation.”

The MN Urban AHEC was honored with a Health Care Career Promotion Award for its co-sponsorship of the Cedar Riverside Partnership/Urban Scrubs Camp,. This program was also co-sponsored by Fairview Health Services, Augsburg College and HealthForce Minnesota.

MHA awards photo Pam Cosby Urban AHEC Scrubs Camp

Front Row: Pam Cosby - MN Urban AHEC Executive Director, Regina Pekarek - Fairview Health Services, Jane Foote - HealthForce Minnesota, Laura Beeth - Fairview Health Services, Barbara Brandt - Director, Minnesota AHEC Network.

Second Row: Mike Christenson - Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Mark Eustis - Fairview Health Services, Carolyn Jacobson - Fairview Health Services, Louis Smith - Smith Partners, Cedar Riverside Partnership.

Not pictured: Paul Pribbenow - Augsburg College.


For a complete list of the award winners, please click here.  



Twin Cities Economic Summit
UROC March 30, 2011

MN Governor Mark Dayton and a number of State Representatives visited the in North Minneapolis community on March 30, 2011 at UROC, where the Urban AHEC is housed. The discussion was based upon building strategies to spur jobs and economic stability for African Americans and people of color. There were about 400 people in attendance. 

Find articles about this event at MinnPost and the Star Tribune.

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Pictured (left) MN State Governor Mark Dayton; (right) State Representative Bobby Joe Champion and Urban AHEC Executive Director, Pam Cosby. (photos: Neely Snyder)


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Pictured (Left) Gary Cunningham, VP of Programs-Chief Program Officer of Northwest Area Foundation and MN State Representative Jeff Hayden; (Right) guests entering. (Photos: Neely Snyder)



 U of M establishes Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center
(U of M Media Release Dec. 21, 2009)

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 University of Minnesota Academic Health Center'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. An important area of focus will be linking health professions students with the community in substantive ways to cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation of factors influencing health in urban settings. Read the entire article...



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Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC)

2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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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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