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Eric Souvannasacd, MS - Bio Sketch

Eric Souvannasacd is a system evaluator for the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

In this position, Eric performs evaluation work for Evaluation of the Cardiac Systems of Care, funded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

For the Cardiac Systems of Care project, Eric evaluates impact data related to LUCAS™ 2 mechanical CPR device deployments and barriers to its usage. He gathers this information through interviews with pre-hospital and hospital staff within cardiac systems of care for seven Midwest and Mountain-west states. Eric interacts with subject matter experts and stakeholders in the cardiac system of care for these seven states to continually improve this branch of the project and also to assist with overall project goals. He contributes to the analysis of evaluation data and the dissemination of evaluation results for this project.

Previously Eric worked with the Seven Generations Center of Excellence (SGCoE) to implement an evaluation plan for the SGCoE's programs. He assisted in gathering and analyzing information regarding program processes to develop protocols for implementation of the project's goals.

Eric initially became an employee of the CRH as the project coordinator for the National Resource Center on Native American Aging. Before joining the CRH, he was the retention specialist for the UND Multicultural Student Services Department. Eric is interested in social justice and efficacy issues within marginalized populations. He has served on the University of Minnesota – Crookston Council on Diversity and UND's Tunnel of Oppression Planning Committee. Currently, he is part of the College of Education and Human Development Curriculum Committee. Eric is pursuing a PhD in Educational Foundations and Research at UND. He is a second-generation American, born and raised in Texas, his family are refugees from the country of Laos.

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.