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Kylie Nissen, BBA - Bio Sketch

Kylie Nissen is a program director for the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

In this position, she directs the activities for the State Office of Rural Health, Community Health Needs Assessments, Scrubs Academy and Scrubs Camps, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program, HIPAA certification, and the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. She also assists in the coordination of the Area Health Education Center program office, the Workforce project, Flex, and CRH. In her role, she is executive director of the North Dakota Rural Health Association.

Kylie previously served as a senior project coordinator for CRH for nearly 14 years. Prior to joining CRH, she served as the program/education coordinator for the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Outreach at the UND SMHS. In that capacity, she provided program coordination of continuing medical education activities to physicians and nurses throughout North Dakota, arranged HIPAA certification to North Dakota high schools and community colleges, and instructed two undergraduate courses offered online to both college and high school students. Since November 2003, Kylie has been the executive director of the North Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A native North Dakotan, Kylie grew up in a rural community where her father was a farmer, and her mother worked in pediatrics at Altru Health System in Grand Forks. Kylie has a bachelor of business administration degree in information systems from the UND College of Business & Public Administration, is a certified Health Information Technology Workflow Redesign Specialist, and is currently working on her master's in public health and health administration certificate. She has been involved in showing horses and barrel racing since 1988.


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.