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Dr. Mary Wakefield, director of the Center for Rural Health at UND, was named by President Obama today to be the administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Obama picks UND official for key health care job

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The Obama administration has picked one of UND's own to join its health care team.

Now the head of the Center for Rural Health, Mary K. Wakefield will start a new job March 10 as the head of the Health Resource and Services Administration.

The $6.85 billion agency is charged with ensuring all Americans have access to some form of health care, particularly the poor, children and pregnant women. It also ensures rural residents have access to quality health care.

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