Family Medicine Physician at CentraCare, Long Prairie, Minnesota

Growing up in New York, Jay-Sheree Allen never imagined that someday she’d be on the frontlines fighting a global pandemic in rural Minnesota. But that’s how things turned out. After moving to Minnesota for residency at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Allen developed an interest in rural medicine, seeing it as an opportunity to broaden her horizons since all of her training had been in urban environments.

The COVID-19 crisis hit her area hard because of the many local factories and meatpacking plants. Most of her COVID-19 patients are migrant workers from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Most of them were already suffering from healthcare disparities and have limited ability to protect themselves from coronavirus. Dr. Allen is another great example of how NMF Alums are making such a difference in serving the underserved—sometimes in the most unlikely places. We salute Dr. Allen and encourage you to check out her podcast, Millennial Health, on healthcare issues for millennials!