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Quinn Awarded Fellowship to Develop Rural Health Leadership


MU-AHEC director will gain skills in health policy analysis and advocacy

Kathleen Quinn, PhD, director of MU's Area Health Education Center (AHEC), has been selected for the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Fellows Program for 2010. This yearlong intensive program hosted by the NHRA, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, is focused on developing leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America.

Kathleen Quinn, PhD
"This is an extremely competitive application process, and I believe Kathleen's selection is a reflection of her personal success and passion for rural health," said Weldon Webb, associate dean for rural health at the MU School of Medicine. "Secondly, the selection nationally recognizes the medical school's rural medicine pipeline as a premier program."

Quinn's participation will include attending the NRHA's Rural Health Policy Institute meeting in January 2010, its annual conference in May and a final graduation ceremony in January 2011.

Quinn leads MU-AHEC with the goal of improving the supply and distribution of primary care providers, particularly in rural areas of Missouri. MU-AHEC offers five programs during medical school as part of the MU Rural Track Pipeline Program, including: the Bryant Scholars Pre-Admissions Program, the Summer Community Program, the Rural Track Clerkship Program, the Rural Track Elective Program and the Missouri Physician Placement Service. These programs give students the opportunity to train and work in rural communities throughout the state, exposing them to the life of a rural physician in the hope they will return to practice in rural Missouri.

AHEC regional offices are located in Rolla, Macon, Poplar Bluff, Springfield, St. Joseph, St. Louis and Kansas City, and more than 100 rural physicians across the state serve as community preceptors, hosting MU medical students at their practices through AHEC's rural track clerkship program.
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