NRHA Rural Health Students 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 of students 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 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 currently a fourth-year medical student in the Targeted Rural and Underserved Track (TRUST) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She 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 aims to improve health and wellness in rural Montana.


Hallie Foster
RME liaison
Hallie is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. An Ohio native, she did her undergraduate degree in biology at Ohio State University, where she also minored in French and wrote an undergraduate thesis on political mural artwork in Northern Ireland. Her interest in rural health care 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. 


Eastin Casey
Student outreach coordinator
Eastin Casey is currently a third-year medical student at the University of Kansas Wichita campus. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in psychology from Bethany College in 2014 while also playing basketball. Eastin was accepted to the KU Rural Scholars Program as an undergraduate sophomore enabling her to gain highly valuable clinical experience with her preceptor and to fall in love with rural family medicine. She grew up on the family farm in western Kansas and in her free time enjoys anything sports related, spending time at the lake and being with family.


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 third-year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Mo. 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 currently a fourth-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, Mont. (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 is currently a third-year medical student at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolina Campus in Spartanburg, S.C. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2011 and biology in 2015 from the University of North Georgia. Originally from Dahlonega, Ga. in lower Appalachia, he 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.