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Head of the University of Minnesota Center for Women's Health to Give Keynote at The First Step: Health Careers for Women at the U of M, Crookston on Saturday, March 29, 2008
March 19, 2008

What: Health Career Fair

When: Saturday, March 29, 2008

Contact: Joan Porraz, director of the Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center, 218-281-9216 (jporraz@riverviewhealth.org), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Crookston, Minn. (March 19, 2008) –  Everyone is welcome to explore the many opportunities that exist in the health care field during a daylong career fair to be held at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, March 29, 2008. A keynote address by Dr. Nancy Raymond, head of the University of Minnesota Center for Women’s Health will highlight the day’s activities. The career fair, aptly named, The First Step: Health Careers for Women, will be held in the Student Center Bede Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost for the day is $7 and includes lunch.

The career fair is designed to appeal to all ages. Several breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics including health care, public health, wellness and fitness are scheduled. The new fitness craze Zumba, a mix of Latin and international music used to create an exciting fitness system, will be demonstrated by Jody Dragseth from JJ’s Body Shop. Pre-registration for the women’s health career fair is required. For information, contact Joan Porraz, director of the Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center at 218-281-9216 (jporraz@riverviewhealth.org).

The health career fair is a great time for girls and young women interested in a professional career in health care to begin planning. It will showcase the opportunities, and the educational resources available in the region to help girls and women achieve their career goals. Area colleges and university campuses will also have staff and information available at the fair.

The career fair is funded by a generous grant from the Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund. Hosted by the Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the University of Minnesota, Crookston and RiverView Healthcare. Porraz serves as chairperson for the event’s steering committee, which is comprised of eleven area women. Representatives include board members from the Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund (NMWF) and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF), as well as representatives of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, RiverView Health and Northland Community and Technical College.

The Health Careers for Women fair is the final event celebrating National Women's History Month in the region. 

The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. Invent yourself at the University of Minnesota, Crookston – become a leader, innovate through technology and research and secure the career you want. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.