University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Kylie Nissen receives rural health Emerging Leader Award

Kylie Nissen, senior project coordinator for the State Office of Rural Health program at the Center for Rural Health, received the Emerging Leader Award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health Oct. 17 during its annual conference in Madison, Wisc.

Each year, the organization presents the Emerging Leader Award to an individual state office of rural health staff member who has demonstrated new leadership, initiative, involvement and commitment to the mission of the organization or state offices of rural health. The recipient may be a new or existing staff member who has newly demonstrated exemplary communication, passion or understanding of an issue to enhance education advocacy or partnerships to improve rural health. Recipients for this award are chosen from a pool of nominations submitted from peers and are selected by a national panel.

According to Lynette Dickson, Center for Rural Health associate director, “Kylie is a young professional who leads by example with vision, drive, and creativity. She thrives on being actively engaged and contributing in her own state, in the region, and nationally through NOSORH always with a can do spirit and positive attitude.”

She is an active committee member in NOSORH work such as planning regional and annual meetings, and serves on the NOSORH Board as co-chair of the communication committee. She is a member of the Center for Rural Health’s wellness, communication, and technology committees. She also serves as the executive director of the North Dakota Rural Health Association and provides consistent guidance to the board in order to keep the organization moving forward.

“It is an honor to receive this award from NOSORH,” said Nissen, “They are an amazing group to be a part of. Being able to go to work each day and love and feel passionate about what I am doing is a true gift. The mentorship and support from co-workers at the Center for Rural Health has inspired me and taught me that what we do really can make a difference.”

NOSORH was founded in 1995 to serve as an influential voice for rural health concerns and promote a healthy rural America through state and community leadership.

-- Kristine Morin, communications coordinator, Rural Health, 777.0871,

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