National Rural Health Association

2014 RHC and CAH Conferences

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.



Alex Spencer
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
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.



Amy Korbe
Communications Organizer

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
IT/Media Liaison

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.

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