ST. PAUL – The Rural Experts Advancing Community Health (REACH) Project, a year-long health policy and leadership training program for community leaders in rural Minnesota, is recruiting its next cohort of participants . The first year of the program was a success, training community leaders in Grand Rapids, Side Lake and Montevideo.
The REACH Project is a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Program through the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences.
The objectives of the participants in the REACH project are as follows:
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and work or live in rural Minnesota. They should want to improve the health of their community by communicating effectively with decision makers and be committed to racial equity and social justice in rural Minnesota.
- Identify a local health and wellness challenge and develop policy analysis and communication skills to address it.
- Develop equity, diversity and inclusion leadership skills to improve health equity.
- Connect with issue- or skill-specific mentors, University of Minnesota experts, and other Minnesota partners related to the local focus issue for each participant.
- Engage in effective problem framing and policy communication related to a health issue in a local community by developing a policy proposal and sharing it with relevant decision makers.
Upon completion of the program, Project REACH participants will receive a $1,200 stipend and a certificate of completion. Additional information and application details are available at