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Successful Model for Rural and Underserved Communities K-12 Health Career Education

The Northeast Minnesota Area Health Education Center Iron Range Health Occupations Today (H.O.T.)

Target Population: High ability eighth and ninth graders

Geographic Area: Northeast Minnesota/St. Louis County

Description: The Northeast Minnesota Area Health Education Center Iron Range Health Occupations Today (H.O.T.) program provides health career pathways for students. HOT does this by establishing education partnerships to support and increase student skills as they discover health care career opportunities.

The primary purpose of H.O.T. is to increase high ability eighth and ninth graders’ knowledge of rural health care opportunities through interactive experiences. During a three-day camp, students work with faculty from the University of Minnesota Duluth campus and other educational institutions, health care students and professionals to learn everything from drug compounding to emergency car extraction to the basics of glucose monitoring. This immersion allows students to learn about health careers, rural health care opportunities, university and college health care related programs, scholarships and regional health care systems.

H.O.T. helps students develop skills and access information necessary to successfully prepare for a health care career. H.O.T. builds on multiple resources to provide a comprehensive regionally based experience for rural middle and high school students, and their educators.

The H.O.T. program is the product of multiple collaborative relationships including partnerships with area high schools, the University of Minnesota, other educational institutions, hospitals, and community based organizations.


  • Hibbing Community College
  • Hibbing Fire Department
  • Iron Range Resources Hands on Healthcare Committee
  • I.S.D. 695
  • I.S.D. 701
  • Mines & Pines Tech Prep and Carl Perkins Consortia
  • Northeast Minnesota Area Health Education Center
  • Range Regional Health Services
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, College of Pharmacy
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, School of Medicine

Contact :
Brendan L. Ashby, MPH, CHES
Northeast Minnesota AHEC
750 E 34th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
Telephone: (218) 362-6153

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