Dean’s Hour panel on April 2 will celebrate 40th anniversary of the Center for Rural Health

A Dean’s Hour panel discussion is set for Thursday, April 2, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Center for Rural Health (CRH). The one-hour event will begin at noon at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium.

The CRH was founded in 1980 with one staff member and a $73,000 allocation from the North Dakota Legislature. Today, the CRH employs nearly 60 people and has a budget of $7.6 million. The Dean’s Hour event will include a look at the CRH’s history as well as its plans for the future.

The panel will include:

  • Mary Wakefield, who served as the CRH’s director from 2001 to 2009.
  • Gary Hart, who has served as the CRH director since 2010.
  • Brad Gibbons, CRH deputy director and the only employee to work with all four CRH directors.
  • Collette Adamsen, director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the CRH.
  • Stacy Kusler, workforce specialist at the CRH.
  • Kristine Sande, an associate director at the CRH and director of the Rural Health Information Hub.

For more information on the event or to register, contact Brenda Haugen, CRH communications specialist, at or 701-777-6958.