Extra Episode - Women Who Impact with Karen Madden in Recognition of National Rural Health Day

In this Rural Impact Extra Episodes series, "Women Who Impact," Michelle highlights inspirational leaders making extraordinary impacts in rural health in recognition of National Rural Health Day (NRHD).

In the first episode, Michelle talks with the Director for the Center for Health Care Policy and Resource Development and the Director of the Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health in the New York State Department of Health, Karen Madden. Throughout her career, Karen has worked on many issues that impact access to care and shares her organization's new focus on health equity and addressing health disparities. Karen's idea to have a day designated for rural health inspired NRHD (celebrated every year on the third Thursday in November), and her invaluable contributions helped transform NRHD from a moment to a movement.

Karen shares what motivated her rural-focused career, the impact she sees from her work, advice for people who will one day walk in her shoes, exciting projects she is currently working on, and what her inspiration is.