National Rural Health Association

Quality and Clinical 2015

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 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.



Michael Bradfield
RME Liaison

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. 



Tara Ness
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.


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 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 Pickering
Communications Organizer

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.

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