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Brenda Haugen, BA - Bio Sketch

Brenda Haugen is the communications specialist at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

In this position, Brenda promotes the activities of the CRH and the Rural Health Research Gateway through media relations, social media, exhibiting, and special events. Along with spreading the word about the CRH and the work it does, she also helps maintain the connections with the 11 federally-funded Rural Health Research Centers across the country.

A native of Wyndmere, North Dakota, Brenda graduated from UND with a degree in journalism. An award-winning journalist, she worked as a reporter, editor, and managing editor at newspapers in Williston, North Dakota, and Burnsville, Minnesota, for a total of more than 14 years. For the last 14+ years, she served as a senior editor with Capstone Publishers, a children's book publisher headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota. Along with editing 100s of books, she has written more than 50, mainly middle school-level biographies. She also has done a variety of freelance work, including writing the stories for UND's Founders Day program for 11 years.


Established in 1980, the CRH is one of the nation’s most experienced rural health organizations. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, healthcare providers, and most important, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns.