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Needs Assessment of Foreign-Trained Healthcare Professionals in Minnesota.

Holder, Wilhelmina and Nancy Omondi.

The number of immigrants to Minnesota from sub-Saharan West and East African countries has increased substantially during the last decade, due in large part to various national and tribal conflicts in these regions. Although many of these individuals are qualified professionals in their countries of origin, most discover they cannot practice in their field when they arrive in the United States because their licensure does not transfer to this country. This is particularly true in the healthcare field. Consequently, immigrants trained as doctors or nurses often have to take low-paying jobs outside of their field of expertise. This article reports on a project with the African American Friendship Association for Cooperation and Development, Inc. (AAFACD) to assess the needs of foreign-trained healthcare professionals in Minnesota. The author identifies barriers to and opportunities for transferring medical licensure to the United States so foreign healthcare professionals can continue to work in the medical field after emigrating to Minnesota, and includes recommendations for stakeholders.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Conducted on behalf of African American Friendship Association for Cooperation and Development, Inc. Supported by Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
36 (4): 29-31
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Reporter 36 (4)