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Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health


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Mission & Vision

Mission: The Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health seeks to improve the health and well-being of Upper Peninsula residents and communities by developing collaborative partnerships that improve the access and availability of affordable, quality healthcare services.

Vision: The Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health will be recognized as the regional collaborating Center committed to strengthening the rural healthcare system


Sunrise over Marquette MI


Integrity: We are transparent, honest, ethical and fair and conduct business with the highest standards of professional behavior.

Agility: We respond rapidly to changes in the internal and external environment without losing momentum or vision.

Teamwork and Collaboration: We achieve common goals through open and honest communication and are supportive of each other’s efforts.

Respect and Compassion: We believe each person is worthy of respect and we share the responsibility to safeguard personal dignity.  

Empowerment: We strive to provide education, tools and resources to empower individuals to make healthy and responsible choices. 

Innovation & Creativity: We encourage innovative and creative ideas in problem solving. 



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Recent News

WLUC-TV6 (print/on-air)
UP Health Group Holds First-Ever Health Care Worker Summit

Mining Journal (print)
Expert on Suicide Speaks with Emotion on NMU's Campus

Northern Today (digital)
Fight the Flu Trophy Remains in Hancock

Rural Insights (digital)
Talking to Elise Bur, Director of NMU Center for Rural Health

Northern Now (digital)
Rural Health Panel

ABC10 (digital)
NMU Now virtual event to discuss U.P. health (digital)|
MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel visits Upper Peninsula to meet with community partners and stakeholders

Rural Insights (digital)
NMU Center for Rural Health Director Gets Impressive Fellowship

Radio Results Network (radio/digital)
NMU Rural Health Director To Learn At U-of-M Fellowship

Northern Today (digital)
Bur Selected for Health Policy Fellowship

Mining Journal (print/digital)
'Fight the Flu' Year Two

Radio Results Network (digital)
NMU Announces Winners Of Rural Health Essay Contest

The Daily Mining Gazette (digital)
Rural Health Essay winners announced

WLUC-TV6 (digital, on-air)
Rural and urban U.P. emergency medical services agencies face personnel shortage

The Daily Mining Gazette (digital)
Rural Health Essay Contest for U.P. High School Seniors

The North Wind (digital)
NMU Rural Partnership Established with New Grant

U.P. Matters (digital)
Grant Supports Sustainable Food System Effort in Marquette, Alger Counties

Northern Today (digital)
Grant Supports Sustainable Food System Effort

Mining Journal (print)
Bridging the Digital Divide

Northern Today (digital)
Partnership Brings Internet to U.P. Residents

Sunny 101.9  (radio)
'Wildcat Wednesday' with Mark & Walt in the morning

Northern Today (digital)
'Fight the Flu' Competition Winner Announced

Media Meet (TV)
Center for Rural Health Shares Diabetes Insights

Network Statement from the NMU Center for Rural Health

The environmental conditions where we are raised, educated, work, and live impact our quality of life and health outcomes. Here in the U. P. of Michigan, our remote location and sparse population often result in challenges for achieving and maintaining good health. In addition to a dearth of primary and specialty health care services, the region has a large low-income population, poor health status indicators, inadequate social support, and major transportation barriers that affect access to health care services.

Partners of the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health Network have joined forces to take action through the engagement of a wide variety of public, private, and volunteer sectors. We understand that basic needs must be addressed before individuals are empowered to plan ahead and be proactive about their health. Until this is done, efforts to encourage and support preventative and routine healthcare will remain ineffective, and the progression of chronic diseases will persist.

As our network continues to grow, we will be guided by our passion and determination to cultivate a sustainable healthcare workforce and create healthy and resilient communities throughout our region.

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Elise Bur

"As the development of the Center gets underway, I look forward to connecting with individuals in our communities and creating collaborative opportunities. It is my intent to not duplicate on-going efforts, but rather to understand current initiatives, appropriately contribute (when possible), and assist by linking people together in hopes of strengthening and building upon efforts that are working throughout the nation in rural communities."

Elise Bur

Director, NMU Center for Rural Health

Contact Information

Office (906) 227-6355