Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Program

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Address knowledge gaps in health policy, with a focus on rural areas and geographic inequities.

  • Train as a scholar to be an innovative research leader in rural health
  • Receive mentorship and support from the Rural Health Research Center

Program overview

  • The Postdoctoral scholar will be expected to co-lead, with RHRC faculty or staff, a one-year rural health focused project (September-August) that is specified by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
  • The scholar will also have an opportunity to develop and implement an independent rural health equity research project focused on rural Minnesota. The specific focus and methodology of this project will depend on the expertise and interest of the scholar, but may include quantitative analysis, qualitative data collection and analysis, and community-engaged work.
  • The Postdoctoral scholar has access to many professional development opportunities to support their growth as a leader in rural health equity research.

Additional expectations

Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Fellows

Bridget Ibrahim

Bridget Basile Ibrahim, PhD

Bridget's research focuses on ways to improve health equity in maternity care.

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Hannah MacDougall

Hannah MacDougall, PhD, MSW

Hannah's research focuses on policies involving health care systems that promote addressing the social determinants of health. 

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Alexis Swendener

Alexis Swendener, PhD

Alexis' research focuses on factors influencing rural health outcomes such as community and family support and work-family balance.

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Katie Rydberg, MPH
Program Manager
[email protected]