Kristine Sande, Rural Health Information Hub Director
Kristine Sande has been involved in rural health issues at the national level for over 18 years. She has been
with the Rural Health Information Hub since its inception in 2002, and has served as the Program Director since
As director, Kristine works with the program's partners and funder, making certain that the RHIhub addresses the
needs of its users. She assures quality control, facilitates communication with relevant stakeholders, and
manages the overall strategy of the RHIhub. Kristine describes her job as keeping all the various pieces moving
and — in her own words — as “email.”
Interestingly, in many ways it seems like Kristine's entire life has led her to this role. She was drawn to
rural health because of some of her earliest life experiences. She grew up on a family farm in North Dakota with
her parents both serving in the North Dakota legislature at different times, instilling in her the value of
investment in community and the direct impact that policy could have on people's lives. When working as a
nursing assistant in her rural community, she saw firsthand the difference it makes for a family to have an
ailing loved one receive care in their own community — from people who know them and are personally
invested in their welfare.
In college, Kristine studied economics and business, acquiring skills that would one day be necessary for
managing the business side of the RHIhub. At the same time, she worked in a library, gaining an understanding of
the research and resource-finding that the RHIhub specializes in. After college, she worked for a rural electric
cooperative, where she saw how a community coming together could solve a uniquely rural problem. She also gained
firsthand understanding of the types of big-picture challenges that rural communities often face as well as
insight into the way they can be addressed at a community level.
Since 2002, Kristine has worked for the North Dakota Center for Rural Health where she serves as the Associate
Director for Information Dissemination. In this role, Kristine is the program director for TruServe, an activity
tracking service, as well as for the RHIhub.
Kristine received a bachelor of business administration in economics, with a minor in mathematics, and a master
of business administration from the University of North Dakota. She received the Meritorious Service Award from
the University of North Dakota in 2010. She is a member of the Rural Quality Advisory Council and the National
Rural Health Association's Board of Trustees and Rural Health Congress, and participates in the Public-Private
Collaborations in Rural Health initiative.
Contact Kristine by email at