Rural Health Students
NRHA Student CG Board
NRHA's Student Constituency Group is comprised of student members, who are the future workforce and leaders in rural America. As members, students can come together with their peers, educators, administrators, health professionals and other stakeholders to create a dialogue about rural health and related issues such as workforce and policy.
Student Constituency Group Chair
Alex Spencer is a third-year medical student at the University of Washington and a scholar in the Targeted Rural and Underserved Program. Alex grew up and maintains with strong roots in the rural logging communities surrounding Mt. St. Helens. Prior to medical school he earned an undergraduate degree in Biology as well as a Masters of Business Administration. His early medical interests are Internal, Family, and Emergency medicine. When not studying or promoting rural healthcare, Alex enjoys adventure motorcycling, pottery, and enjoying time with his wife and large family.
Michael Bradfield is originally from Nashville, TN. He graduated from Pepperdine University in 2003 with degrees in Spanish and Sociology. After school he had his first rural experience, serving as a health and sanitation volunteer in Paraguay with the United States Peace Corps, where he met his wife Sarah, also a volunteer. After his time in South America, he completed an MPH at Johns Hopkins University before beginning medical school at East Tennessee State University, where he participates in the rural primary care program.
Student Outreach Coordinator
Tara grew up in the small, rural town of Huson, MT where she enjoyed romping through the woods, raising a variety of different reptilian pets, and helping her mom try and keep the deer out of their flower garden. She did her undergraduate degree at the University of Montana in Missoula before living abroad for two years in the Czech Republic. She now attends the University of Washington medical school and, in her free time, enjoys wildcrafting, biking, hiking, reading (especially comic books), and knitting.
Student Outreach Coordinator
Matt Workman is from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in East Tennessee where he enjoys spending as much time as he can outdoors. He graduated from Lee University with a Bachelors Degree in Biology in 2012. Matt is currently in his third year of an MD/MPH program at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine where he is a member of the rural primary care track, with a public health concentration in “Community Health.” In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, hiking and camping with his wife and dog, “Buddy.”
Amy grew up in a small town in Kansas. After receiving a BA in Anthropology at the University of Kansas, she worked for non-profits in Indiana and Oregon where she discovered her passion for public health. In May 2014, she received a Master of Public Health from the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Currently, she lives with her husband to a cozy cabin in the Vermont woods, where she will be for the next three years while studying at Vermont Law School. When her head's not deep in a case book, you may find Amy on long walks with her pup, training for a half-marathon, or eagerly anticipating the New England winter.
Julie is a second-year medical student in the Targeted Rural and Underserved Track (TRUST) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Julie grew up in Montana and enjoys skiing, hiking, playing soccer, and watching football. Prior to medical school, Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and a Master’s in Health Sciences at Montana State University in Bozeman. She also worked at the Montana Office of Rural Health on the Rural Health Initiative, which aimed to improve health and wellness in rural Montana communities.