Melana Howe has over 35 years in rural health and economic development. She works with a variety of clients in the western Dakotas. She has extensive experience supporting organizations’ community- based planning efforts, and facilitating collaborative action efforts on local, state and regional levels. Her areas of expertise include healthcare administration and nursing, community and business health and wellness, project development and management, data collection and data analysis/evaluation. Over a period of years Melana has developed a vast knowledge of rural communities and business sense of the interrelationships between organizations, businesses and residents of the rural culture.
She also has done work in program and community assessment, group facilitation and has done numerous lectures and public presentations in various venues including national conferences. Melana
Melana received her nursing education at Rapid City Regional School of Nursing. She received her BA degree in Human Resource Management from Spring Arbor University and her MS degree in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University at Mt Pleasant, both in Michigan.
In addition to collegiate studies, Melana has various certifications in nursing administration, worksite wellness and agriculture safety and received a National Rural Health Office of Heal Health Policy Fellowship Award.
Academy of Health/AHRQ Research, Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society of Nursing, Wellness Council of America, North Dakota Organization of Nurse Executives, Regional Economic Area Investment Board. Melana does grant and project reviews for HRSA and CE4Health.
University of Mary/Harold Schaefer Emerging Leaders Advisor, Agri-Safe Quality Assurance Consultant, North Dakota Center for Nursing Research and Development, Regional Economic Area Partnership Investment Board and also add Adams County Development Board.
North Dakota Outstanding Rural Health Professional, North Dakota Epsilon sigma Phi Award, North Dakota Council on Nursing Administration Award, and was noted in Modern Healthcare Magazine for an innovative project in rural emergency medical services (cover article).