KY Students can get involved with KRHA
When Kentucky college students who have an interest in rural health return to campus this fall, many will have the opportunity to network with others who have similar interests.
There are Student Rural Health Chapters on the campuses of Western Kentucky University, Asbury University and Alice Lloyd College.
The South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC), along with Western Kentucky University, has offered the opportunity for students to be a part of a Student Rural Health Association at WKU since the spring of 2015, says WKU advisor Catherine Malin.
“Our organization is involved in a variety of projects,” Malin said. “Each month we focus on a different medical topic relevant to rural health. Students watch documentaries, debate current events, and bring in guest speakers. Students also complete a variety of community service projects.”
Topics have included international healthcare, healthcare economics, oral health, and a health profession student panel. One of the main service projects, Malin says, is a food drive for the WKU food pantry.
Another way that the SRHA has been active is by participating in a 2016 Really Rural video contest for National Rural Health Day, which they won! As a result, a WKU student got to attend the National Rural Health Association annual conference in San Diego, California.
While the organization is open to all WKU students, most of the organization's member are pursuing a career in the health field. Ms. Malin listed pre-medicine, pre-physician assistant, nursing, healthcare administration and pre-physical therapy students as some of the past members.
The current leadership team for the SRHA at WKU includes:
President: Madelaine Blackenship
Vice Presidents: Isaac Stevens and Dixi Secula
Treasurer: Katherine Citak
Secretary: Tiffany Taylor
Staff Adviser: Catherine Malin
For more information about the SRHA at WKU or to become a member you can visit www.wku.edu/scahec/srha.php
To start an SRHA at your college or university, contact Tina McCormick, KRHA Executive Director, at (270) 577-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.