Kay Miller Temple, MD, Web Writer
Kay Miller Temple has been a web writer for the Rural Health Information Hub since 2017.
Kay writes original content for the website, bringing her expertise as a physician journalist to RHIhub's Models and
Innovations and Rural
Monitor articles. In this role, she tackles medically-intensive subjects with
perspective and understanding of the material, including pieces on colorectal cancer, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD) and occupational lung diseases, antibiotic stewardship, and health literacy. Kay
characterizes writing for the RHIhub as
finding the rural angle in topics that can be very broad and
differ dramatically from region to region and from urban to rural. She sees her work as a way to explore how
gets it done, or how it could get it done, given the opportunity.
Kay received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Augustana University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of South Dakota. She completed a combined residency in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the Maricopa Medical Center, the VA hospital and Good Samaritan Medicine Center in Phoenix. She also is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care.
Over the nearly 30 years that she practiced medicine, Kay worked in a variety of rural locations across the
country including Alaska, Kentucky, Maine, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. Most recently, Kay worked at
the Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Campus, for 15 years. There she worked as a hospital-based internist, or hospitalist,
and was a member of many administrative committees, chairing the Utilization Management Committee for five
years. In that position, Kay became aware of the
other half of medicine, where she was required to
and interpret the rules and regulations of healthcare. She led a variety of innovative quality care and
systems-based practice programs for both the medical and surgical services. Having to use a more policy-based
lens, Kay realized that she wanted to write and speak about healthcare and make this other side of healthcare
more accessible to colleagues and patients. This prompted a return to school to pursue a journalism degree.
Kay received her Masters of Journalism and Mass Communication degree from the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For her master's work, Kay covered health, education, and Native American stories for the Cronkite News Service. Before coming to the RHIhub, Kay also wrote for several healthcare-related magazines.
Contact Kay at 701.777.6146 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.