National Rural Health Association

2016 Quality and Clinical Conference

Rural Health Students

NRHA Student Constituency Group

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.

NRHA’s Student Constituency Group is overseen by a board consisting of students from who are elected each year. The board assists in recruitment, plans NRHA’s Annual Rural Health Conference student track and promotes rural health issues.

Want to get involved?

Email NRHA’s student outreach coordinators. We're eager to get students and schools involved in NRHA’s Student Liaison Program and to provide updates on future NRHA leadership opportunities, including student board elections.

NRHA student board members

NRHA’s student board members are passionate about rural health and education and would love to hear from you. Below are bios about each of our current board members with contact information.

NRHA Student CG Board

Julie Middleton

Student Constituency Group Chair
Julie is a third-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.



Hallie Foster
RME Liaison

Hallie Foster is a third-year medical student at The University of Toledo College of Medicine. An Ohio native, she did her undergraduate degree in Biology at The Ohio State University, where she also minored in French and wrote an undergraduate thesis on the subject of political mural artwork in Northern Ireland. Her interest in rural healthcare stems from her family’s roots in central Appalachia, where she hopes to eventually return to practice. Outside of medicine, Hallie’s interests include: traveling, camping, gardening, yoga, public radio, and playing with her cats. 


Matt Workman

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 fourth 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.”



Betsy Wooden
Communications Organizer

Betsy graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in May of 2014, and is currently a second year medical student at the University of Kansas-School of Medicine in Kansas City. She was born and raised in a small, rural town in the Flint Hills of Kansas. During her undergraduate studies, she frequently spent time working with the physicians in her hometown, where she discovered her passion for rural medicine. Between long study sessions, she enjoys reading, cooking, and most of all, spending time with her favorite people.


Caroline Pihl
Media/IT Liaison

Caroline is a third-year medical student in the Targeted Rural and Underserved Track at the University of Washington. She grew up near Yellowstone Park in the tiny town of Pray, Montana (population 12!). Before medical school, Caroline spent half of each year on backcountry trail crew in Yellowstone and the winter months running a therapeutic ski program for people with disabilities. She spends all her free time roaming the mountain wilds on ski or foot, and looks forward to a career in family medicine in a small, rural Western town. She completed a degree in History and Literature from Harvard University in 2008.


Jesse Rockmore
Student Outreach Coordinator

Jesse Rockmore is currently in his second year at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolina Campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2011 and biology in 2015 from the University of North Georgia. Jesse is from Dahlonega, GA in lower Appalachia and enjoys fishing with his dog, Toby, playing the piano at church, and reading Ernest Hemingway. When he is back home in Georgia, he volunteers his time at the Good Shepherd Clinic that serves the uninsured. He plans on practicing in a rural community where he can practice "womb-to-tomb" care. 

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