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Silas Pera, MA - Bio Sketch

Silas Pera is an information and funding specialist with the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

Silas works on a federally funded national website supporting the response to the substance use and opioid crisis in the U.S. He develops and maintains data and content on information and funding resources related to substance use and the opioid crisis.

Before joining the CRH, Silas was an English language instructor for 10 years at the ELS Language Center at UND.

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Silas earned a bachelor's degree in English from Midland University and a master's degree in English from UND.


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.