Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) grant to AAFACD succeeds in moving three foreign-trained health care providers closer to licensure!
African & American Friendship Association for Cooperation and Development (AAFACD) Inc. in partnership with Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE), implements one of the first EHDI grants addressing social determinants of health to assist foreign trained health care professionals in obtaining licensure and further integrate and diversify Minnesota’s healthcare workforce to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services.
Currently, there are over 200 identified foreign trained healthcare professionals (FTHPs) in the AAFACD/WISE database. The partnership provides outreach, advocacy and now collaboration with key decision makers at the University of Minnesota. This has led to the successful inclusion of EHDI-FTHPs into the second round of Preparation for Residency Program.
Preparation for Residency Program (PRP), first sponsored through State Legislative appropriation in early 2011, is a seven month externship program at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The program enables foreign trained physicians who have passed all the required U.S. Medical Licensure Exams (USMLE) to apply for residency. The first three physicians to benefit from the program successfully completed it in four months and were immediately accepted into residency.
Funding from OMMH enables AAFACD/ WISE partnership to leverage funding from State, federal agencies, and local foundations to increase the success of the participants in their program. The $200,000 three year implementation grant for Social Determinants of Health – has helped to provide FTHPs with increased knowledge, networking and visibility by means of community outreach, health literacy/education, advocacy and mentorship. The grant also empowers the FTHPs by providing financial resources in order to complete their exams in a shorter time period.
Three of the four selected physicians are EHDI beneficiaries and all are from communities of color: Dr. Adalberto Torres-Gorrin (from Cuba), Dr. Khem Kumar Adhikari (from Bhutan) and Dr. Mahamud Jimale, is a Somali refugee who came to the US over 10 years ago. The fourth is Dr. Said Tawil, an immigrant from Jordon.