Deb Laine, M.Ed

Program Specialist Team Lead
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)
Rural Health Innovations (RHI)
(218) 216-7042

Debra joined The Center in April of 2015 and brings over thirty years of adult education experience. As a Program Specialist Team Lead, she provides education, coaching and technical assistance to rural health networks on topics such as strategic planning, evaluation, collaboration and community engagement, partnerships and leadership. She utilizes her extensive background in training, facilitation and presentation skills to assist rural health network leaders accomplish their goals. Her passion for healthier people in rural communities lead her to engage in the development of tools for care coordination.

For over ten years, Debra designed, developed, implemented and coordinated education programs across northeastern Minnesota. In that capacity, she worked cooperatively with rural health care providers.  She has many years’ experience of leadership development within community collaborations.

Debra has a Master of Education in Adult Education and Training and Development from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and has served as an adjunct faculty at three area colleges. Debra has presented on health-related topics at several regional and national conferences.

Past Events

Past Network Development Webinar

Project Evaluation Plan Toolkit

December 14, 2017

Evaluation planning can guide a rural health network in collecting information on project activities, tracking progress towards objectives and identifying project improvement opportunities. In this webinar, the presenters will walk through an evaluation planning toolkit to support networks in developing evaluation plans.

Past Webinar

Intentional Communications: Creating a Communications Plan

February 24, 2021

Learn about a framework for developing a communications plan and how to craft key messages. Tools are introduced for understanding the “audience” of your message and determine the project's positive effects on them. The various components of the communication plan framework are explained.

Past Webinar

IDPTV Population Health 101

April 29, 2021

This IDPTV Project webinar shares ways to help staff understand population health, how their work contributes, and inspire them to work together to improve the health of the population you serve.

Past Webinar

Collaboration Building: Establishing the firm foundation for a relationship

December 13, 2021

You have selected organizations that will help you reach the goals for your target population and put thought into how to ask them to partner. This webinar will cover some of the foundational building blocks to engage partners. You will learn about 12 ways that can increase engagement, relationships, and trust. Hear from community champions in another Center program who worked to develop a collaboration with community partners. Learn about their key takeaways regarding process, struggles, accomplishments, and next steps.  

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to: