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Assets and Needs Assessment of Foreign Trained Medical and Nursing Graduates in Minnesota and Utilization of Foreign Trained Healthcare Professional Graduates.

Omondi, Nancy.

While Foreign Trained Health Care Professional Graduates (FTHCPGs) play a critical role in filling the US health care workforce, they endure a complicated set of education and licensing requirements to practice in the US. This report examines 1) The existing barriers and opportunities to overcome those barriers so FTHCPGs can continue to work in their specific medical field after immigrating to Minnesota 2) System adaptations and changes that would be feasible to assist the FTHCPGs to work in their choice of profession. The paper will also compare the model being used in FTHCPGs licensure process in Minnesota to those of California CA, Florida FL and New York NY who have been able to incorporate more foreign trained medical and nursing graduates into their health care delivery than in Minnesota. This report also includes a literature study, ムUtilization of Foreign Trained Healthcare Professional Graduates: Strategy to Reduce Health Disparities in Minnesota by Diversifying the Health Work Force'. Foreign-born and foreign-trained professionals play an important role in the delivery of health care in the United States. This paper addresses the issue of Health Disparities in Minnesota and the utilization of FTHCPs as a strategy to reduce health disparities. The need for physicians, particularly in under-represented minorities, continues to grow. There is compelling evidence for the need to increase diversity within the physician workforce to ensure high-quality medical education, access to health care for the underserved, advances in research, and improved business performance.

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Conducted on behalf of African American Friendship Association for Cooperation and Development. Supported by the Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR) program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
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