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Rural Health Awards presented to UMD students

Anna Fuglestad1 / 3
Dr. Arne Vainio2 / 3
Nathan Ratner3 / 3

Students from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus were recognized in June during the Minnesota Rural Health Conference's Rural Health Awards breakfast at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

Keynote speaker during the conference was Dr. Arne Vainio, a Duluth campus medical school alumnus. Vainio is a family physician at Min No Aya Win Human Services Center on the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Reservation in Clquet.

The Emerging Rural Health Leader Award was presented to second-year medical student Nathan Ratner for consistently promoting awareness and dialogue about health issues affecting rural and American Indian communities in Minnesota. He spends much of his time presenting at academic conferences, talking to regional reporters and talking to radio hosts about health inequities in the state of Minnesota.

Anna Fuglestad and Maren Anderson, Rural Physician Association Program medical students, each received honorable mentions.