Kate Dean, MBA
Interim Executive Director
Essentia Institute of Rural Health
502 East Second Street
Duluth, MN 55805



  • Location: Duluth, Minnesota
  • Year established: 2010
  • Active studies: 37 in 2012
  • Peer-reviewed publications: 32 in 2012
  • Website: essentiainstitute.org


Essentia Health

  • Headquarters: Duluth, MN
  • Year established: 1997
  • CEO: David Herman, MD
  • CMO: Peter Henry, MD
  • Patients/members served: 2 million
  • Areas served: Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho (map)
  • Website: essentiahealth.org


The Essentia Institute of Rural Health exists to improve the health and health care for the rural population in the United States through research and education. For more information, visit essentiainstitute.org.


Special Research Facilities

  • Clinical research facilities
  • Investigational drug pharmacy

Top 3 Funding Agencies

  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Human Genome Research Institute
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality