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Kay Miller Temple, MD - Bio Sketch

Kay Miller Temple is a web writer at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. In this position, she writes rural project examples for the web-based Rural Models and Innovations Hub, writes and edits content for the Rural Community Health Gateway, and writes other promotional materials and web-based content.

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.

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.