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Miller Temple Appointed to NRHA Health Equity Council

Oct 14, 2021

Kay Miller Temple
Dr. Miller Temple

Kay Miller Temple, a web writer with the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) at the Center for Rural Health (CRH), has been named to the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) Health Equity Council.

The mission of the Health Equity Council is to promote and enhance physical and mental well-being for rural and frontier underserved populations through national leadership, representation, and advocacy for accessible, affordable, high quality health services that result in an improved quality of life.

Kay's term began on October 1 and will last two years.

Kay's Background

With a perspective gained from 30 years of direct patient care and covering national rural health issues for RHIhub, Kay is uniquely qualified for this appointment. Currently, she creates original content for the Rural Monitor, RHIhub's online magazine, as well as for the Rural Health Models and Innovations, a section that features interventions and solutions specific to unique areas in rural America that address that area's health disparities.

Since joining CRH in 2017, Kay has taken on leadership roles with additional projects, such as the Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) project. As TRHE's writing mentor, Kay helps medical students who have completed clinical experiences in rural North Dakota communities write and publish health education stories for their communities' rural newspapers.

Kay has also accepted speaking engagements, served on rural health webinar panels, and co-authored several academic papers addressing rural health issues. She was a 2019 NRHA Rural Health Fellow and currently is on the board of directors for AgriSafe Network, a nonprofit organization with attention to the health and safety of farmers and ranchers.

She earned her medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and was boarded in internal medicine, pediatrics, and hospice and palliative care. After spending 15 years doing direct patient care in rural and urban areas, she joined the Mayo Clinic, Arizona Campus in 2001. There, she worked as a hospitalist for another 15 years and served on many administrative committees. She chaired the organization's Utilization Management committee and led the rollout of the hospital-wide Clinical Documentation Integrity Program.

Additionally, she created the System-Based Practice Day, a one-day curriculum used by the organization's medical and surgical training programs to meet the core competency recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

In 2013, Kay earned a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.