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CME Provider Training Course

Minnesota Healthcare providers have the opportunity to receive support in their patient’s return-to-work plan. RETAIN/Mayo Clinic healthcare leads, Drs. Laura Breeher and Clayton Cowl, have created a CME accredited Provider Training course. The CME course, Preventing Needless Work Disability: The Healthcare Provider Role, was recently updated to include just one 45-minute module. During this course, […]

How Does MN RETAIN Work?

We are pleased to showcase our new video on how MN RETAIN can work for you! The video explains the Retaining Employment and Talent after Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) program and how it helps workers stay at or return to work when an injury or illness impacts employment. Staying active and safely returning to work is […]

MN RETAIN presented at the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council

MN RETAIN presented at the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) board meeting on March 1, 2023. MN RETAIN Community Engagement Specialist, Akiatu Pratt and DEED Tribal Liaison, Kirk Crowshoe, who also serves on the MN RETAIN Community Advisory Board, presented in-person at the MIAC quarterly board meeting held at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel in Morton, […]

Meet MN RETAIN’s Community Advisory Board

RETAIN’s Community Advisory Board was created to provide strategic direction to ensure equity benchmarks are met. Each member serves as an important link to the community and bring any issues and concerns to be addressed and discussed with RETAIN staff. The collective knowledge of the board helps with the development and expansion of the RETAIN […]

Meet Our Staff – Samantha Westphal

Get to know the Minnesota RETAIN staff! Samantha has been with MN RETAIN for just over two and a half years. She is the Lead Return-to-Work Case Manager Supervisor and is passionate about providing RETAIN services to Minnesotans. Learn more at:

Success Story: From a Broken Back to a Better Job

Mason was an assistant director of health services for an assisted-living facility when he was admitted to the Mayo Clinic after a serious car accident. “I was stopped in traffic and the person behind me was texting and rear-ended me doing 75 [miles per hour],” Mason said. Mason’s back, neck, and skull were broken. Through a review of […]

MN RETAIN Presents at the Governor’s Workforce Development Board

MN RETAIN leaders, Nancy Omondi, Director of Adult Programs, Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Dr. Laura Breeher, Occupational Medicine Specialist, Mayo Clinic, provided program overview and performance update to meeting attendees. The GWDB provided a letter of support required for RETAIN application for funding through the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training […]

Website Improvements Underway

Please pardon our dust. We are redesigning our website to make easier for you to find what you’re looking for quickly. You may experience some “detours” or “bumpy roads” while we complete the project.


The paid work experiences are delivering tangible benefits for both workers and host businesses. Participants work in a setting that meets their accommodation needs, stay active in the workforce, and continue to earn a wage during their absence from their original employer. Because Workforce Development, Inc. is paying the workers’ wages, the work sites receive […]


RETAIN’s overarching goal is to help workers get back to work following an injury or illness, but not everyone is able to return to his or her regular job or occupation right away. For those workers, Minnesota RETAIN developed an innovative solution— arranging paid transitional work with another employer. This enables injured and ill workers […]