Foreign Trained Health Professionals

The goal of the FTHP program is to promote economic self-sufficiency and advancement of immigrants who are foreign trained healthcare professionals in Minnesota, ensuring they get support to prepare and pass the licensure exams and practice in the healthcare profession in the USA. AAFACD has registered over 200 foreign trained professionals from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin and Central Americas.

An even more detailed overview of the program can be found at IMG.


Integrating Foreign Trained Healthcare Professionals for Self Sufficiency (IFTHPSS) Project


Alternative Career Pathway for Foreign Trained Healthcare Professional Women (FTHPW) Project


FTHP Advocacy Project  


FTHP Mentorship Project  


International Medical Graduates Residency Project


*Immigration and Advocacy projects are to provide community education on civic engagement, Citizenship, and assistance to fill application for adjustment of status, fiancé visa, violent against women Act, US Naturalization, and other human right issues

2009 Highlights

April 2009, Launched the Alternative Career Pathway Initiative (ACPI) for Physicians unable to access residency. The initiative includes exploring possibilities of retraining physicians to become, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, medical laboratory Technologists and other medical fields, utilizing the knowledge and skills they already have.


April 2009, The FTHP program, in partnership with Dr. Pat Walker, Director HealthPartners Center for International Health in St. Paul and sponsored by the Medtronic Foundation, engaged in one year project, exploring best practices to increase access of foreign trained physicians to residency. *

November 2009, the program staff and participants visited Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Crookston, Minnesota, with the aim to establish partnership with AHEC and explore employment opportunities for foreign trained professionals (FTPs) in rural Minnesota.


2009 Accomplishments


200 foreign trained health care professionals from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central and Latin Americas are enrolled within the program registered. 100 are physicians while others are mainly nurses with few dentists, pharmacists and physical therapists. 50% of these professionals are women.


Five physicians accessed residency two of them in Minnesota while nine doctors passed all the required exams and were ready to apply to residency.


Two nurses accessed their license to practice in Minnesota


 Immigration & Advocacy


Since its inception in 2003, AAFACD started to empower immigrants and refugees to successfully integrate into Minnesota. As a result, it has successfully implemented series of programs, including the Immigration and Advocacy projects. In 2009 AAFACD sought for grants to help expand its immigration program in order to provide community education on civic engagement, Citizenship, and assistance to fill application for adjustment of status, fiancé visa, violent against women Act, US Naturalization, and other human right issues


 Activities Achieved


 AAFACD trained its staff and applied to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) for agency’s recognition and accreditation of its staff. This process will facilitate and authorize AAFACD to participate in the legal practice of immigration law


AAFACD attended workshops on how to respond in the event of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raiding the immigrant community. The staff received training on how to maintain a better relationship between ICE and the immigrant communities and how AAFACD’s staff can work with ICE for the benefit of our clients.


AAFACD staff is advocating on issues affecting the immigrant and refugee communities: Participated with 14 other organized member delegation that visited Congressional representatives in Washington D.C. asking for the extension of Deferred Enforcement Department (DED) on behave of Liberians on Temporary Protective Status (TPS).


AAFACD collaborates with the Coalition for Permanent Residency (CPR), a 15 member organizations from MN to promote immigrants rights and welfare in the US, and to advocate with MN State Legislators and US Congress for Temporary Protected Status for the extension of Deferred Enforcement Departure for Liberians and other immigrants.


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