Rural Spotlight Interviews

Learn about key rural health and human services issues from national, state and local experts who share their knowledge and experience.

An Interview with John Halfen, M.D.

John Halfen


Halfen, the Medical Director of Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minn., discusses the challenges of transitioning to a patient centered medical home model.

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August 20, 2014

An Interview with Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis


The director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health discusses innovative programs, hydraulic fracking and her work in prisons.

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May 15, 2014

An Interview with Leila Samy

Leila Samy


The ONC Rural Health IT Coordinator describes how the hospitalization of her father led her to become an advocate for health IT.

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February 12, 2014

An Interview with Lander Cooney

Lander Cooney


The CEO of Community Health Partners in Montana discusses how witnessing poverty as a classroom teacher and as a traveler led her to health care.

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November 18, 2013

An Interview with Terry Hill

Terry Hill


The Executive Director of the National Rural Health Resource Center talks about health reform challenges for hospitals, starting the Center, staying fit, and getting ready to step down as director.

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August 13, 2013

An Interview with Clint MacKinney, M.D.

Clint MacKinney, MD, MS


MacKinney, an emergency room doc, professor and RUPRI Health Panel member, discusses how health care can be transformed to a system of care that responds to patient and community needs.

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May 15, 2013

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

What are the important events from 2002 to 2012 and what lies ahead in the next decade? Six people involved in rural health and human services weigh in.

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February 21, 2013

An Interview with Barb Fabre

Barb Fabre-Ojibwa Nation


An interview with Barb Fabre, an enrolled member of the Ojibwa Nation in Minnesota and director for the White Earth Child Care program, who describes life on the reservation, and the unique challenges facing childcare providers there.

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November 19, 2012

An Interview with Dennis Berens

Dennis Berens


The former director of the Nebraska Office of Rural Health looks back at his career so far, and discusses the future of rural communities.

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August 16, 2012

An Interview with Ira Moscovice, Ph.D.

Ira Moscovice


Moscovice, the director of the Univ. of Minn. Rural Health Research Center, discusses changes that health reform will bring to rural providers, including new payment structures and quality measures.

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May 17, 2012