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Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health) Training

University of Minnesota
Mar 4, 2024

Katie Rydberg


Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health) is a year-long health policy and leadership training for diverse community leaders in rural Minnesota to help build skills to successfully advocate to improve health in their communities.

Goals for program participants:

  • Identify a local challenge related to health and well-being, and develop communication skills to address it
  • Build leadership skills in equity, diversity, and inclusion to improve health equity
  • Connect with issue or skills specific mentors, experts at the University of Minnesota, and other partners in Minnesota related to the local problem of focus for each participant
  • Engage in effective problem framing and policy communication related to a health problem in a local community by developing a policy proposal and sharing it with relevant decision-makers

90 minute virtual program sessions will take place twice a month. Technical assistance and other opportunities for communication with university mentors and program contacts will be available throughout the year. Work outside of program sessions will take about 5-8 hours a month for a total time commitment of approximately 8-10 hours a month.


Eligible participants are individuals (ages 18 and older) working or living in rural Minnesota who want to improve health in their communities. The strongest applicants will be those who are committed to racial equity and social justice in rural Minnesota communities, which are towns with less than 50,000 people, as well as more remote, less-populated areas of the state, including tribal communities.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a $1,200 stipend and a certificate of completion. Costs up to $500 are covered for costs to attend trainings, and travel costs up to $500 are covered for an in-person meeting.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the application instructions are available on the program website.

Submit the online interest form by March 4, 2024. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, with a deadline of April 8, 2024.

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Health workforce education and training · Leadership · Policy · Minnesota

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