Brenda Haugen

Communications Specialist

  • Friday, September 08, 2017
  • Welcome

Brenda Haugen is the new communications specialist at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

In this position, Brenda promotes the activities of the CRH and the Rural Health Research Gateway through media relations, social media, exhibiting, and special events. Along with spreading the word about the CRH, Brenda also helps maintain the Center's connections with the 11 federally-funded Rural Health Research Centers across the country. Her supervisor is Marv Leier.

A native of Wyndmere, N.D., Brenda graduated from UND with a degree in journalism. An award-winning journalist, she worked as a reporter, editor, and managing editor at newspapers in Williston, N.D., and Burnsville, Minn., for more than 14 years. After leaving the newspaper business, Brenda served as a senior editor with Capstone Publishers, a children’s book publisher headquartered in Mankato, Minn. Along with editing hundreds of books, she has written more than 50 biographies aimed at middle school-age readers. She has also done freelance work, including writing stories for UND’s Founders Day program for 11 years.

"I know first-hand the challenges rural folks have in accessing health care that may be many miles away," said Brenda. "Because of this personal experience, the educational mission of the Center for Rural Health immediately felt like a good fit for me.”

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.