Rural Collective

Connect with individuals and units from across the University of Minnesota whose work focuses on rural people and places.

What we do:

  • We are a group of University centers, entities, organizations, and individual staff, faculty, and students doing research, education, and/or programming focused on rural people and places.
  • We aim to improve health, quality of life, and community resources for rural people and places throughout Minnesota and across the US.
  • We meet periodically to share ideas for collaborative and innovative work on rural topics.
  • We maintain an active membership list and webpage in order to identify individuals and entities at the University doing rural-relevant work, to help them connect with one another
  • We serve as a resource for community stakeholders, media, policymakers, funders, and researchers from outside of the University to identify experts and potential partners

Members

Lynda Lahti Anderson, PhD

Researcher VI 
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Institute on Community Integration
College of Education and Human Development
Twin Cities
Research interests: Research and training

Arianne Baldomero, MD, MS

Assistant Professor
[email protected]
Medical School-Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Twin Cities 
Research interests: Lung disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Erica Barnes, MA ccc-SLP

Administrator
[email protected]
Chloe Barnes Advisory Council on Rare Disease
Medical School-Office of the Dean
Twin Cities
Research interests: Access to health care

Nate Bean, MPP

Research Fellow
[email protected]
Flex Monitoring Team
School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Twin Cities
Research interests: Health policy

Emily Becher, PhD

Applied Research and Evaluation Specialist
[email protected]
Center for Family Development
Extension
Research interests: Prevention through promoting family resilience and obesity prevention 

Mitchell Berg

Associate Director of the Veden Center
[email protected]
Veden Center for Rural Economic Development
Crookston
Research interests: Community and economic development

Brenna Doheny, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Associate
[email protected]
Medical School-Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health
Duluth
Research interests: Community engaged research, social and environmental determinants of health

Rebecca Dosch Brown, MFA

Interdisciplinary Education Director
[email protected]
MN LEND; Institute on Community Integration
Twin Cities
Research interests: neurodevelopmental disabilities, health equity, intersectionality of race/disability in youth mental health policy, and increasing MCH workforce across rural MN 

Macey Buker, PhD, CPA, CHFP

Program Director Health Management
[email protected]
Business Department
Crookston
Research interests: Improving population health through access and cost initiatives

Caitlin Carroll, PhD 

Assistant Professor
[email protected]
School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Twin Cities
Research interests: Hospitals

R. Adams Dudley, MD, MBA

Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Informatics
[email protected]
Medical School and School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Twin Cities
Research interests: Social determinants of health and COPD

Rebecca Emery, PhD, LP

Postdoctoral Fellow
[email protected]
Duluth: Medical School-Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health
Research interests: Rural perinatal outcomes

Joel Farley, PhD 

Professor
[email protected]
College of Pharmacy-Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems
Twin Cities
Research interests: Pharmacy service delivery

Linda Bane Frizzell, PhD

Associate Professor
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School of Public Health-Environment
Twin Cities
Research interests: American Indians and nutrition

Abby Gold, PhD, MPH, RD

Program Leader
[email protected]
Center for Family Development
Extension
Research interests: Food access and health equity

Allison Gustavson, DPT, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
[email protected]
Medical School-Physical Therapy
Twin Cities
Research interests: Access to health care 

Keri Hager, PharmD, BCACP 

Associate Professor & Co-Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
[email protected]
College of Pharmacy-Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Duluth
Research interests: Health care and care delivery, pharmacy services, and comprehensive medication management

Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MSW, MPH 

Associate Professor and Deputy Director
[email protected]
Rural Health Research Center
School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Twin Cities 
Research interests: Health equity, structural determinants of health, older adults, social connectedness, health policy 

Kristen Jacklin, PhD

Professor and Associate Director
[email protected]
Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team
Medical School-Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health
Duluth
Research interests: Aging, dementia, indigenous and rural, and culture

Mary Jo Katras, PhD

Program Leader
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Center for Family Development
Extension
Research interests: Family resiliency

Amanda Klein, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor
[email protected]
College of Pharmacy-Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Duluth
Research interests: Opioids

Katy Backes Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA

Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Director
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Rural Health Research Center
School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Twin Cities
Research interests: Health policy and maternal health 

Megan Lahr, MPH

Research Fellow
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Rural Health Research Center
School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Twin Cities
Research interests: Health care, aging in rural communities, and rural hospitals

Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, PhD, MBBS, MS

Associate Professor
[email protected] 
School of Public Health-EpiCH and Medical School-Neurology
Twin Cities
Research interests: Cardiovascular disease and brain health

Meg Little, EdD, RN, BC-NC

Assistant Professor
[email protected]
College of Pharmacy- Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Duluth
Research interests: Research and teaching

Lacey Loomer, PhD

Assistant Professor
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School of Business-Economics and Health Care Management
Duluth
Research interests: Post-acute care

Argie Manolis, MFA

Director of Civic Learning and Engagement
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Center for Small Towns; Center for Community Partnerships
Morris
Research interests: Community-engaged research 

Cathy McCarty, PhD, MPH 

Professor and Associate Dean for Research
[email protected]
Center for Bioethics
Medical School-Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health
Duluth
Research interests: Community-engaged research 

Ira Moscovice, PhD 

Mayo Professor
[email protected]
Flex Monitoring Team
School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Twin Cities
Research interests: Quality 

Hannah Neprash, PhD

Assistant Professor
[email protected]
Twin Cities: School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Research interests: Workforce and quality of care

Sayeh Nikpay, PhD 

Associate Professor
[email protected]
School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Twin Cities
Research interests: Access to acute care/emergency care in rural communities, rural hospital transfer networks, and rural emergency medical services

Olihe Okoro, PhD, MPH, MPharm

Assistant Professor
[email protected]
College of Pharmacy-Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Duluth
Research interests: Health

Anthony Olson, PhD, PharmD, MEd

Research Scientist
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Essentia Institute of Rural Health
College of Pharmacy- Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Duluth
Research interests: Community-integrated care, health-related social needs, and person-centered pharmacy practice in rural communities

Emily Onello, MD

Assistant Professor 
[email protected]
Medical School-Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health
Duluth
Research interests: Physician workforce development

Kristin Osiecki, PhD

Assistant Professor
[email protected]
Center for Learning Innovation
Rochester
Research interests: Health equity, social determinants of health and environmental justice

Mark Rosenberg, MD

Vice Dean for Education
[email protected]
Medical Education Outcomes Center
Medical School-Office of Medical Education
Twin Cities
Research interests: Educationally sensitive workforce outcomes and determinants of rural practice

Katie Rydberg, MPH

Program Manager
[email protected]
Rural Health Research Center
School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Twin Cities 
Research interests: Rural health equity

Jonathan Schroeder, PhD

Research Scientist [email protected]
Minnesota Population Center; IPUMS; Rural Health Research Center
Office of the Vice President for Research-Institute for Social Research and Innovation
Twin Cities
Research interests: Population and population change

Liz Sopdie, PhD 

Operations & Program Development Director
[email protected]
Medical School-Rural and Metropolitan Physician Associate Program
Twin Cities
Research interests: Physician education and primary care

Teresa Spaeth

Chair of the Veden Center
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Veden Center for Rural Economic Development
Crookston
Research interests: Nexus of research, education, and programming 

Sandra Stover, MD

Assistant Professor
[email protected]
Medical School-Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health
Duluth
Research interests: Rural health care workforce, obstetrical services, and EMS

Tim Stratton, PhD, RPh, FAPhA 

Professor of Pharmacy Practice
[email protected]
College of Pharmacy- Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Duluth
Research interests: Rural pharmacy practice

Andrew Traynor, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Dean for Experiential Education and Professor
[email protected]
College of Pharmacy-Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems
Twin Cities
Research interests: Student learning experiences

Mariana Tuttle, MPH 

Research and Communications Fellow
[email protected]
Rural Health Research Center
School of Public Health-Health Policy and Management
Twin Cities
Research interests: Rural health equity, social determinants across the lifespan, and maternal and child health

Steve Waring, PhD, DVM

Principal Scientist
[email protected]
Pharmacy School-Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Duluth
Research interests: Aging, brain health, and precision medicine

Wayne Warry, PhD

Professor
[email protected]
Memory Keepers
Medical School-Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health
Duluth
Research interests: Dementia and its associated risks and co-morbidities in collaboration with Indigenous and rural communities

Ben Winchester, MS

Rural Sociologist
[email protected]
Center for Community Vitality
Extension
Research interests: Demographic analysis, leadership and community development, and economic development