RFI Faculty Fellow | Greg Karst
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- [00:00:00.485]I'm Greg Karst.
- [00:00:01.318]I'm with the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
- [00:00:03.409]I'm the Executive Associate Dean of the
- [00:00:05.491]College of Allied Health Professions.
- [00:00:08.015]I actually grew up in a rural area in wheat country
- [00:00:10.496]in central Kansas, and I still remember that,
- [00:00:12.687]and the kind of the challenges of knowing what
- [00:00:16.123]kind of my career path was and going to college
- [00:00:19.192]as a first generation college student and
- [00:00:21.664]I think there are a lot of people who need help
- [00:00:23.149]with that yet.
- [00:00:24.178]I think my biggest impact has been for the past four years
- [00:00:26.454]we've worked on the health science education initiative
- [00:00:29.252]at Kearney, we've built a state of the art building there,
- [00:00:32.082]and brought seven of our Allied Health professionals
- [00:00:34.328]programs to Kearney, and so it improves access,
- [00:00:37.803]and we hope the students that attend there
- [00:00:40.400]will return to rural communities to practice.
- [00:00:43.014]Get their education and stay in the communities,
- [00:00:44.771]not go off to other states or to cities.
- [00:00:47.704]Well, I think it's a really an honor to be among the first
- [00:00:50.298]to become a Fellow, and I've been working with RFI
- [00:00:54.095]on and off for a year or so, and I've just really
- [00:00:56.876]enjoyed it, and I think they're doing the right thing.
- [00:00:59.864]Rural Futures is obviously important to Nebraska,
- [00:01:02.062]where we have such a large rural community,
- [00:01:04.773]and I think that those things are really the future,
- [00:01:08.776]so to speak.
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