Rural Health Interest Group

  • A student organized interdisciplinary group that meets from 12:00-1:00pm on the WVU Health Sciences Center campus once a month while class is in session-lunch is provided
  • Open to all students interested in rural health
  • A platform to learn about and discuss rural health issues, rural practice, and recruitment
  • Speakers are faculty, staff and rural health providers

All disciplines and health professions welcome!

Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Meeting Schedule

12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

September 19, 2023
Lorenzo Rodriguez
Public Health Representative
New York State Department of Health
International Rural Medicine

October 12, 2023
Dr. Gina Graziani
Interim Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs
WVU School of Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry
Rural Pediatric Dentistry

November 9, 2023
Tiffany Summerlin
Program Coordinator
Monongalia County Health Department
SMILE Express Coordinator - Mobile Dental Clinic

February 6, 2024
Brad Phillips
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Research Assistant Professor
WVU School of Nursing - Rural Nursing

February 19, 2024 
Poverty Simulation 
WVU School of Nursing
Room 2940A&B Health Sciences Building North
4pm to 6pm (in-person meeting)

March 19, 2024
Dr. Kimberly Becher
Chief Medical Officer for Community Care of West Virginia, Inc.
Awarded 2016 Outstanding Rural Health Provider by the WV Rural Health Association

April 17, 2024
Dr. Joe Hansroth
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
Emergency Medicine

Want to know more?

Contact the leadership team: Emily Stahli, Matthew HillyerBrianna Hodak, Aidan Flanagan or contact us at