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Healthforce Minnesota

Why HealthForce Minnesota?

Over the next decade, Baby Boomers will place an increasingly heavy burden on the healthcare system as they age and develop chronic conditions. The demand for healthcare workers is rapidly increasing while a significant portion of today’s workforce consists of boomers nearing retirement. How do we attract and educate the types of workers Minnesota employers predict they’ll need by 2025?

Recognizing that addressing that shortfall would require ongoing collaboration of healthcare industry providers, educators and government would be required, Minnesota State created HealthForce Minnesota as one of its eight Centers of Excellence in 2005.

As the largest educator of nurses and allied medical professionals in the state, Minnesota State has an intense interest in furthering the work being done by HealthForce Minnesota.

An Executive Alliance, composed of Minnesota State presidents and healthcare employers and associations, plays a vital role in ensuring that HealthForce Minnesota is meeting the current and long-term needs of students and their prospective employers. The Executive Alliance meets twice each year to be updated and provide feedback on current and pending HealthForce Minnesota initiatives and to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Our Mission

Building Minnesota’s Healthcare Workforce through Education and Industry Partnerships.

Our Vision

HealthForce Minnesota will lead the way in transforming education and advancing practice to meet MN’s healthcare workforce needs.

Our Goals

  • Create a collaborative model of engagement for health sciences education and practice.
  • Enhance economic development through increased quality and sustainability of healthcare education, practice and innovation.
  • Position Minnesota as a leader in healthcare education, practice and innovation.


Expand Diversity in Healthcare through collaborative partnerships. Recruit and retain an expanded and more diverse student population.

Enhance and Expand Healthcare Degree Programs. Increase the number of well-prepared graduates and enhance the current workforce.

Prepare Today’s Workers for Tomorrow’s Challenges. Develop practitioners who will deliver quality, coordinated and competent care and define ways to assess the development of these qualities.

Key Strategies

Build capacity through key projects that expand credit-based degree programs, develop new outreach strategies to attract healthcare workers, develop new approaches to professional development, expand diversity of healthcare workers and expand applied research so as to support evidence-based practice.

Serve as catalyst for discussions on healthcare policy, i.e. community strategic discussions

Develop a collaboration/engagement model that allows for true integration of health science education and healthcare practice.

Develop a sustainability plan to ensure long-term viability of the Center’s work.

Develop an assessment strategy that produces outcomes to fulfill the legislative mandates and allows for continuous quality improvement.

Annual Reports (pdf)

HealthForce Annual Report, 2017-18

HealthForce Annual Report, 2013-14
HealthForce Annual Report, 2012
HealthForce Annual Report, 2010-11
HealthForce Annual Report, 2009
HealthForce Annual Report, 2008
HealthForce Annual Report, 2007

“The American Heart Association predicts that by 2030, 116 million people (or 40.5% of Americans) will have some form of Cardiovascular Disease.”

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