Faculty & Staff Profile
Mark retired in 2018 from a long career in public health, most recently serving from 2005 – 2018 as Director of the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The Office serves as a resource for rural and underserved urban communities. Among its responsibilities, it provides grants, loan forgiveness and other assistance to the health care safety net, conducts research and analysis with the guidance of the Governor-appointed Rural Health Advisory Committee, monitors Minnesota’s health workforce, subsidizes the state’s medical education system and directs the State Trauma System.
Mark’s awards and honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award, Minnesota Rural Health Association; Community Health Champion Award, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers; Minnesota’s 100 Influential Health Care Leaders, Minnesota Physician Magazine; Distinguished Service Award, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health; and commendations from the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives.
Mark came to Office of Rural Health and Primary Care in 1996, and his career spans forty years of working with Minnesota communities. He is currently Senior Advisor, New Americans Alliance for Development and Adjunct Health Policy faculty, University of Minnesota Crookston. Mark holds an MSW from the University of Minnesota and a BA in social work from Antioch College.