Kay Miller Temple, MD, Web Writer
Kay Miller Temple has been a Web Writer for the Rural Health Information Hub since 2017.
Kay combines her expertise as a physician, her formal training as a journalist, and a rural perspective that
comes from having grown up in rural America and continuing to return to her hometown. Kay writes original
content for RHIhub's online magazine, the Rural Monitor.
These stories — addressing rural-specific issues associated with complicated health conditions ranging
from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to substance misuse to unintentional injuries and advance care
planning — provide readers with in-depth information in a shareable web-based format. Kay also writes Models and Innovations.
During her nearly 30 years of practicing clinical medicine, Kay worked in a variety of rural and urban locations
across the country doing locum tenens work, caring for patients in private practice settings, and also spending
three months on the Greenland ice sheet summit working as the camp medic for a National Science Foundation
project. During the last 15 years of her clinical career, she worked as a hospitalist at the Mayo Clinic’s
Arizona Campus. There, she led a variety of innovative projects, was a member of many administrative committees,
and was chair of the organization’s utilization management committee. In the latter position, Kay became aware
of what she refers to as “the other half of medicine” — the policy-based rules and regulations
of healthcare delivery.
Those administrative experiences made Kay realize a career change would allow her to more effectively write and
speak about needed healthcare changes. She returned to the classroom and in 2013 received a master's degree in
journalism and mass communication from the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and
In addition to her RHIhub content writing duties, Kay is a writing mentor to North Dakota medical students'
Targeted Rural Health Education project, an invited speaker on rural health topics, a panelist for numerous
rural health webinars, and a co-author of several rural-centric academic journal articles. She was a 2019
National Rural Health Association Rural Health Fellow and currently is on the board of directors for AgriSafe
Network, a non-profit organization focused on health and safety of farmers and ranchers.
Kay received her bachelor of arts degree from Augustana University and her MD from the University of South
Dakota. In order to provide comprehensive primary care to patients, she completed a combined residency in
pediatrics and internal medicine and held board certification in both specialties. Later in her career, she also
became board-certified in hospice and palliative care.
She ascribes her passion for rural health to growing up in rural South Dakota on the family farm that was
homesteaded by her great-great grandparents. Kay says it was a nurse in her rural community and her own rural
family doctor that inspired her to pursue a career as a physician.
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