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Stacy Kusler, BA - Bio Sketch

Stacy Kusler is the workforce specialist at the Center for Rural Health, which serves as the North Dakota State Office of Rural Health, at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS).

As part of her role, Stacy works with rural, urban, underserved, mental health, and Indian Health Services/tribal facilities on their recruitment and retention strategies and practices. She is both a board member and the North Dakota organizational member for 3RNet, a national rural recruitment and retention job board that connects healthcare workforce to job opportunities in rural and underserved areas. Stacy also serves on the board and is a state lead for Practice Sights, an online survey tool used to monitor retention of providers under a loan repayment or scholarship service obligation. In addition, she partners with the North Dakota Area Health Education Center to connect future workforce with healthcare careers and training opportunities in rural and underserved communities.

Stacy also serves as the state liaison for the Community Apgar Project, a research project conducted to assist rural communities with recruiting and retaining primary care physicians. Additionally, Stacy partners with the North Dakota Primary Care Office to manage the state's J-1 Visa Waiver program and to provide technical assistance to healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities on a variety of state and federal loan repayment and scholarship options.

Stacy is a member of the North Dakota Rural Health Association and the student advisor for the UND SMHS Rural Health Interest Group, a chapter of the National Rural Health Association medical student constituency group focused on rural health policy and practice.

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.