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University of Minnesota seeks rural leaders for healthcare training

The program involves tackling challenges in local health and wellbeing.

The University of Minnesota is recruiting rural community leadersfor a year-long training program aimed at tackling local health challenges.

The program, called Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health), is a health policy and leadership training program now in its second year. The first year of the program trained community leaders in Grand Rapids, Side Lake and Montevideo.

Project REACH is a collaboration between the university's Rural Health Program and its Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Project REACH participants will identify a local challenge related to health and well-being, and develop policy analysis and communication skills to address it.

They will build a variety of leadership skills, connect with mentors and develop a policy proposal to share with decision-makers.

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The program is open to those age 18 and up who work or live in rural Minnesota, including in towns of fewer than 50,000 people. It is aimed at those who want to improve health in their community by communicating with policymakers and those who are committed to racial equity and social justice in rural Minnesota communities.

After completing the program, participants will receive a $1,200 stipend and a certificate of completion.

For more information, visit ctsi.umn.edu/training/project-reach .

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