Sandy Montague-Roes

RFI Community Innovation Fellow – Chadron, Neb.
Western Community Health Resources

Why did you choose this experience?

To assist in the betterment opportunities for the community in which I live and work. I also appreciate any opportunity for me to grow individually.

Why do you think it important students have this type of experience in terms of inclusive leadership development?

I think that students who have the opportunity to operate at a community level early in their professional development will appreciate the patient, client, etc for what they are, where they come from and have a greater understanding/empathy for those they serve as professionals.

Why do you think it is important for students have this type of experience in a rural community?

Rural communities are unique in structure, networking and collaboration. It is a unique culture that will enhance anyones view on self sufficiency.

Why is it important students give back to our state?

Giving back at any level is an accomplishment for self. Engraining the practice and concept will only enhance our states value.

Why does now provide tremendous opportunity to move rural communities forward?

I think political will is at a high, which means communities are ready for action. Engaging communities in the planning and voice of issues and solutions in the initial steps in engagement. The activities we have identified for students to participate in are planning stages, information gathering and implementation planning. I feel the variety will expose them to the different phases of readiness within the community.