Montana State University

People in Education: Kristin Juliar to direct health education and rural health

January 5, 2006

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Kristin Juliar has begun as director for the Montana Area Health Education Center and Montana Office of Rural Health at Montana State University. The Montana AHEC is affiliated with the WWAMI Program, which links the five states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho through the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. The Montana AHEC works with medical schools, and especially UW, to place medical students and residents for training in Montana's underserved communities, with the intention of encouraging them to later practice medicine in Montana. Through this and other programs, AHEC works to enhance access to health care. The Montana Office of Rural Health works to increase access to health care and improve the quality of life for rural and medically underserved Montanans.

Juliar said she plans to "focus on providing high-quality information and services that help Montana communities and healthcare providers. My background is in building partnerships between higher education and the healthcare community, and I look forward to working with people from throughout the state."

Previously, Juliar directed the Healthcare Education Industry Partnership for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in Mankato, Minnesota and served as the executive director for the Region Nine Development Commission in Mankato. Juliar received a master's degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Minnesota State University at Mankato. She and her husband have farmed in the Mankato area.

Contact: Linda Hyman (406) 994-4411, Kristin Juliar at (406) 994-6001