Rural Health Students
Rural Training Track (RTT) Technical Assistance Program
The Rural Training Track (RTT) Technical Assistance Program is a three year national demonstration program which began in September 2010. NRHA is currently a lead partner in the cooperative agreement that is supported by funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Office of Rural Health Policy.
A consortium that taps the expertise of individuals and programs distributed across the nation, the Rural Training Track (RTT) Technical Assistance Program is an effort to sustain the RTT residency programs as a national strategy in training physicians for rural practice.
For students interested in learning more about rural training check out these sites supported by the program:
Train Rural: Where the scope is broad and the focus is you
Train Rural blog: Real Stories from Rural Students and Residents
Meet NRHA's Student CG leaders
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.
Amy is currently pursuing an MPH in the Maternal and Child Health department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. 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. Her main interests are maternal care, rural health, access to care, and community systems. In her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, running half marathons, pottery, traveling, and spending a lot of time outside.
Audrey Johnson earned a BA in Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Notre Dame. She spent a year as a health educator with Americorps in Denver before starting medical school at the University of Arizona. Audrey is in her third year of an MD/MPH program and is interested in family and community medicine. She is a part of UA's rural health professions program and global health track and hopes to serve in remote, underserved areas in the US and abroad. In her free time she likes to travel, read, and hike.