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.
2019 NRHA Student CG Board
Student Constituency Group chair
Julia is a graduate student at Michigan State University, where she also works as the College of Human Medicine assistant director of rural community health. When she is not working or in school, Julia enjoys sewing and spending time with her husband and her dog, Toby. Julia has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics with a concentration in addiction studies and a master’s degree in the humanities. Her hope is to improve the health and well-being of rural communities by encouraging new professionals to choose a rural career and mission.
Kacie Hoyle Denton
Kacie is an MD/master of public health student at East Tennessee State University planning to graduate in 2020. She graduated from Carson-Newman University with a BS in biochemistry and a BA in biology with honors. She has always been interested in rural health due to her rural Appalachian upbringing, and she hopes to practice pediatric medicine in a rural area upon completion of residency. Her interests include pediatrics, global health, gastroenterology, and rural medicine.
Rural medical education liaison
Grant is a third-year medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathway Program. He grew up in rural Ohio and attended Ohio University, where he studied economics and biology. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in health policy, which is one of his main interests and a field where he feels rural America could be more represented. Outside of school, he enjoys hiking, fishing, swimming, running, cooking, and being outside as much as possible.
Student outreach coordinator
James is in his second year of Campbell University's physician assistant/master of science in public health program. He grew up in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and graduated from NC State University in 2014 with bachelor’s degrees in nutrition and biological sciences. In addition to practicing medicine, he aspires to one day teach other aspiring physician assistants. In his spare time, he enjoys church activities, woodworking, hockey, working on cars and motorcycles, and spending time with his wife. He lives near Campbell University with two dogs, a small flock of chickens, and a couple of honeybee colonies.
Student outreach coordinator
Doug is a second-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and is part of the leadership in rural medicine certificate program. Prior to matriculating, he earned his BS in biochemistry and molecular biology from Michigan State University and master of public health from Michigan State University. He grew up in rural Alpena, Mich., and aspires to return home serve the community he loves.
Social media/IT liaison
MaryGlen is a third-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she is part of the Targeted Rural Underserved Program in Livingston, Mont. She grew up on the Missouri River in Great Falls, Mont., and graduated from Montana State University in 2016 with degrees in biomedical science and Hispanic studies. She also spent a year learning Spanish in Valparaiso, Chile. She loves plants, outdoor activities, and hearty breakfasts, and she aspires to improve rural health in her Montana community as a future physician.