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.
2020 NRHA Student CG Board
Student Constituency Group president and chair
Doug is currently a fourth-year medical student in the leadership in rural medicine program at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He grew up in the small town of Alpena in northern Michigan He received a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and a master of public health degree from Michigan State University. He is past president and founder of the MSU rural health interest group and holds many leadership positions throughout other organizations. He is also a new member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is pursuing a career in general surgery and will practice rural surgery after he is done with training. Along with his work with NRHA, he is currently researching opioid use disorder and emergency room treatment and disposition.
Communications Coordinator to be named
Media/IT Liaison to be named
Ada Pariser is a third-year medical student in the Leadership in Rural Medicine Program at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She is originally from Kentucky, moved to Ohio for college, East Lansing, Mich., for M1 and M2, and is now in Traverse City, Mich. for years 3 and 4 of medical school. She has been involved with NRHA since 2016 when she served as a summer intern in the DC office and, in her own words, she has stayed around for the people and mission ever since! Her personal passion is political advocacy and policy that uses available evidence to bring helpful actions to rural areas. She particularly loves the diverse landscapes across rural America, as well as globally, and has enjoyed getting to learn more about them through her involvement in NRHA.
Stephen "Alex" Crockett
Alex Crockett is a medical student at East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine and currently serves as a policy liaison for the NRHA's Student Constituency Group. Alex is a lifelong resident of East Tennessee, and his experiences living, working, and learning in communities throughout Appalachia helped shape his interest in and passion for rural health, social justice, and advocacy. He attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where his undergraduate studies included food science and political science and served with nonprofits and advocacy efforts related to health care disparities, food justice, and education reform. In 2018, Alex traveled to the United Kingdom as a Fulbright Award recipient to study agriculture and rural development at the University of East Anglia. Alex's current research and advocacy interests include LGBT+ health and rural mental health. Upon graduating from medical school, he plans to pursue a career as a primary care doctor caring for underserved communities and hopes to one day work in medical education and influence health care reform. Outside of medicine, Alex is a self-proclaimed foodie who loves taking time to try new restaurants and recipes and to explore the culinary history of Appalachia and the South.
Rural medical education liaison
Rose is a fourth year student at Alpert Medical School of Brown University with a scholarly concentration in women’s reproductive health. She was born and raised in rural Montana and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Montana. Her research focuses include domestic violence screening in pregnancy and access to reproductive healthcare for incarcerated populations.
Student outreach coordinator
Logan Schmaltz is a third-year medical student at the University of North Dakota. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Concordia College in Minnesota in 2012 and master of public health degree from New Mexico State University in 2015, with an emphasis in health education. She is a board member of the UND Rural Health Interest Group and published author for the Target Rural Health Education program. In July of 2018 she became the North Dakota student delegate for the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has strong interest in primary care and prevention, diabetes management, obstetrics, and underserved populations.
Student outreach coordinatorBecki completed her undergraduate degree in nutrition and exercise physiology in May of 2020 and is currently a first-year medical student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She grew up in a small town in Northwest Missouri where she discovered the importance of rural medicine and primary care. As a Rural Track Scholar, she is planning to complete several of her rotations as a 3rd and 4th year student at rural training sites near her hometown. Outside of school, she enjoys teaching indoor cycling classes, trying new recipes, and catching up with her four older siblings.