Minnesota Rural Health Association – The Voice of Rural Health


MRHA is a non-profit, membership organization missioned to strengthen the health, health care and well-being of rural Minnesotans through leadership, advocacy, education and collaboration.

MRHA is the leading coordinating and advocacy organization for strengthening health and health care for rural Minnesotans.


Created in 1994, the Minnesota Rural Health Association has grown to be a recognized advocate for rural health in Minnesota. Today we serve over 150 members from a broad spectrum of health care delivery and support industries. We strive to be the leader in rural health advocacy, awareness and collaboration. Your support and participation would be greatly appreciated.



MRHA Board of Directors Update

MRHA held it's 2024 Annual Meeting June 18th. At the meeting two new members were elected to serve a three-year term. The new members of the Board of Directors are:
Thad Shunkwiler, Associate Professor, MState Mankato
Kevin Lee, EMS Relations, North Memorial Ambulance, Brainerd

Elected to serve on the Executive Committee for two years are:
Kap Wilkes, President
Marti Paulson, Vice President
Diane Thorson, Treasure

Above, incoming Board President Wilkes presented outgoing Board President Buck McAlpin with a plaque thanking him for his nine years of service as a Board member. We thank Buck for his service over the past decade.

Click HERE to learn more about the current members of the MRHA Board of Directors.