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
Student Constituency Group chair
Jesse is currently a fourth-year medical student at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolina Campus in Spartanburg, S.C. Prior to becoming NRHA’s Student Constituency Group Chair he served as Student Outreach Coordinator. He received bachelor degrees 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, watching University of Kentucky Basketball, collecting vinyl records 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 will return to practice in a community where he can provide a better quality of life to the people of rural America.
Student outreach coordinator
Eastin Casey is currently a fourth-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.
Rural medical education liaison
Grant is currently a second-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. One of his main interests is health policy, a field in which he plans to pursue a Master’s degree and an area in which he feels rural America could be more aptly represented. Outside of school, he enjoys hiking, fishing, swimming, running, cooking and being outside as much as possible.
Student outreach coordinator
Jon is a second-year physician assistant student at the University of Bridgeport, Conn., and has an undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University. He is originally from the Pacific Northwest and grew up in the Columbia River Gorge. His mother practiced as a visiting nurse for a rural home health agency, which created his interest in rural medicine. He hopes to return to the west and practice in a small town like the one he grew up in. When not studying, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, running, playing soccer and spending time with friends and family.
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 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 wellbeing of rural communities by encouraging new professionals to make their career and mission in rural.
Social media/IT liaison
MaryGlen is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine where she is part of the Targeted Rural Underserved Program in the rural town of Livingston, Mont. She grew up on the Missouri River in Great Falls, Mont., and graduated in 2016 from Montana State University with degrees in biomedical science and hispanic studies. Her junior year in college was spent learning Spanish in Valparaiso, Chile. She loves plants, doing anything outside and hearty breakfasts. The Big Sky Country has her heart and she aspires to improve rural health in her Montana community as a future physician.