NRHA announces 2020 Rural Health Fellows
The National Rural Health Association is pleased to announce the final selections for its 2020 Rural Health Fellows program.
After the completion of a competitive review process, 15 fellows were selected to participate in this yearlong, intensive program aimed at developing leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America.
“We are very pleased to announce this new class of fellows as this program enters its tenth year. Once again, this class represents various levels of rural health expertise,” NRHA CEO Alan Morgan said. “With the successes achieved by the previous classes, we look forward to continuing the tradition of building rural health care leaders through this valuable program.”
The new NRHA Rural Health Fellows are:
- Crystal Barter, Director of Performance Improvement, Michigan Center for Rural Health, East Lansing, MI
- Sarah Brinkman, Program Manager, Stratis Health, Bloomington, MN
- Jonnathan Busko, Emergency Department Medical Director, St. Joseph Healthcare, Bangor, ME
- Catherine Clary, Director, Rural Health – Institute of Public and Preventive Health, Augusta, GA
- Lindsay Corcoran, Senior Healthcare Consultant, Stroudwater Associates, Portland, ME
- Rosalie Eisenreich, Disability Hub MN Director, Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL), Rochester, MN
- Christopher McLaughlin, Resident Physician, General Surgery, Penn State Health, Hershey, PA
- Melinda Merrell, Research Assistant Professor, Rural & Minority Health Research Center Columbia, SC
- Stacie Pace, Executive Director, Rural Health Network of Oklahoma, Hugo, OK
- Carolyn Pollari, Behavioral Health Project Director, Big Horn Valley Health Center, Hardin, MT
- Olivia Riutta, Outreach and Engagement Manager, Montana Primary Care Association, Helena, MT
- Eric Schlidt, Executive Director in Training, Park Place Edgewood Vista, Casper, WY
- Jordan Tenenbaum, Executive Vice President, Allevant, Creve Coeur, MO
- Bree Watzak, Director of Technical Assistance, Center for Optimizing Rural Health, College Station, TX
- Cody Wilkinson, Director of Clinic Operations, St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals, Cottonwood, ID
The fellows’ first meeting will be during NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute Feb. 10th- in Washington, D.C.
NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA’s membership is made up of more than 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.