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Michelle Graba - Bio Sketch

Michelle Graba is the administrative assistant to the director 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, Michelle works closely with the CRH director, the associate directors, and numerous principal investigators providing administrative assistance. She serves as the primary contact for external offices. She provides technical and logistical support on special projects such as the North Dakota Area Health Education Center, Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, North Dakota Brain Injury Network, Rural Health Research Gateway, and a number of health workforce projects. Michelle assists with the coordination of various activities, meetings, conferences, and workshops.

Michelle joined the CRH in 1991. Prior to her position at the CRH, she served as an administrative secretary at the UND School of Engineering and Mines' Office of the Dean for five years, where she assisted students with understanding course requirements, scholarship awards, and performed general administrative duties. She also worked at the UND Human Nutrition Research Center from 1983-1986 as an administrative clerk, where she coded dietary records within USDA regulations.


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.