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Kay Miller Temple, MD - Bio Sketch

Kay Miller Temple is a web writer for the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) within the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. In this position, she writes for the Rural Monitor, RHIhub's online magazine, and the Rural Health Models and Innovations section, which features rural health programs and interventions addressing the health needs of the nation's rural population.

Since joining the CRH, Kay has worked on additional projects, such as the Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) project. As TRHE's writing mentor, Kay helps medical students who have had clinical experiences in rural North Dakota write health education stories for publication in the community's rural newspaper. In 2019, she also participated in the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Fellows program.

Kay grew up on a farm near Cresbard, South Dakota. She earned her MD from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. Kay spent 15 years in private practice until she joined the Mayo Clinic, Arizona Campus, and worked as a hospitalist. In 2013, she obtained a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She then balanced clinical practice and freelance writing until joining CRH in 2017.

One of Kay's many accomplishments includes serving as chair of Mayo Arizona's Utilization Management Committee team for five years. Additionally, she created a System-Based Practice Day, a one-day curriculum for first-year medical and surgical residents. This was used by all of Mayo Arizona's training programs to meet the core competency recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


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.