MDH and ORHPC news
At our official retirement party, we said our goodbyes to ORHPC Director Mark Schoenbaum and thanked him for his inspired leadership and his many years of service. His last day is Tuesday, January 2. Our hiring committee is doing the good work of sorting through candidates and we hope to announce our new director in the new year.
Call for proposals for the 2018 Minnesota Rural Health Conference
Are you interested in presenting a 60–minute breakout session or facilitating a roundtable/peer–learning discussion at our annual conference? Proposals are only accepted electronically. The deadline for submission is January 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Vendors may not apply without rural health representation. Presentations that include a rural health care provider, student or a person working at a rural facility are preferred. Speakers listed as "to be determined" will not be considered. Please work with co–speakers to fully complete the request for proposal by the due date.
How foreign–trained doctors are filling the health care gap in Greater Minnesota
Our International Medical Graduate Assistance Program Coordinator Yende Anderson is quoted in this MinnPost´s article on new Americans in Greater Minnesota. More than 2,000 doctors trained in foreign countries practice in Minnesota.
Snapshot from Workforce Data and Analysis Unit
The Health Workforce Planning and Analysis Unit collects and analyzes Minnesota-specific data on nearly 20 different licensed health care professions. Our team of researchers develop reports and fact sheets for individual professions and a wide range of health care specialties, such as mental health, oral health and primary care. Their newest fact sheet is the Minnesota´s Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) Workforce, 2017.
The following chart shows the distribution of LMFTs across the six planning areas around Minnesota. As shown, the vast majority of LMFTs (74.8 percent) are practicing in the Twin Cities metro area, with significantly smaller shares practicing everywhere else in the state. For reference, the Twin Cities metro area houses approximately 54 percent of the state´s population, and the remainder of the state regions are home to between 6 and 13 percent of the state´s population. This suggests that the location of LMFTs–and therefore the accessibility of their services–is heavily concentrated in the Twin Cities metro area, even relative to the large population there. There is a dearth of LMFTs in most other areas of the state.
Source: Minnesota´s Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Workforce, 2017. The chart is based on 3,585 valid survey responses.