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Mandi-Leigh Peterson, MA - Bio Sketch

Mandi-Leigh Peterson is a senior research analyst at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

Mandi-Leigh focuses on rural health workforce and is developing a database to organize statewide information and is estimating projections as to what healthcare workforce needs there will be in North Dakota in the future.

Prior to joining the CRH, Mandi-Leigh did research for an insurance company. A native of McCanna, North Dakota, she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminology from Kansas State University and a master's degree in sociology from UND. Since joining the CRH, Mandi-Leigh has obtained her graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and is currently a doctoral student in Education Foundations and Research at UND.

Mandi-Leigh has research interests in North Dakota, including healthcare, rural policy issues, and demography, which is the statistical study of human populations. In her free time she enjoys hunting, fishing, and working on remodeling her house.


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.