Rural Health Program

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The Rural Health Program aims to positively impact, in clear and measurable ways, the health and well-being of people and communities across the state of Minnesota, and in rural communities across the country. 

This collaborative effort provides training and support for public health challenges in rural Minnesota and connects local experts with national research and policy work.

Training and fellowship opportunities

Rural health

Project REACH

Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health) is a year-long program that provides diverse community leaders in rural Minnesota with health policy and leadership training that will help them build necessary skills to successfully advocate to improve health in their communities.

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Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Fellowship

We are currently accepting applications for one rural health postdoctoral associate position beginning around September 1, 2021.

How we connect with rural communities for better health

  • Greater engagement between University of Minnesota faculty, students, and staff doing rural-relevant work and local rural health leaders.
  • Creating links between the national research and policy work at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center with the expertise and challenges in rural communities across Minnesota
  • Establishment of a Postdoctoral Fellowship program in rural health equity
  • Development of Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health), an initiative that offers training and support to community leaders in rural Minnesota to address local public health challenges

Meet Bridget Basile Ibrahim, PhD

Bridget Basile Ibrahim, PhDDr. Bridget Basile Ibrahim is the first recipient of the Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Fellowship. Learn about her passion for improving rural health.

Our team

Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA

Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW
Deputy Director

Katie Rydberg, MPH
Program Manager