The North Dakota AHEC Program Office is located within the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University
of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences. The program office exists to provide support,
overall direction, and coordination of the statewide AHEC program.
North Dakota AHEC Program Office Staff
Principal Investigator – North Dakota AHEC
Phone: (701) 777-2569
Brad Gibbens is the acting director of CRH at UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences and an assistant
professor at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks.
Brad works closely with health policy, government affairs, community development (including assessments,
strategic planning, and community engagement), program and grant development, and information dissemination
activities. CRH programs that address community development include the State Office of Rural Health, Rural
Hospital Flexibility, Small Hospital Improvement Program, Community Transformation Cooperative Agreement,
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Rural Health Grant Program, small program evaluation, and the Dakota
Conference on Rural and Public Health. Brad was also the principal investigator for the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention Community Transformation and for a W.K. Kellogg-supported rural policy initiative
Rural People, Rural Policy. He currently is the lead on four program evaluations and conducting qualitative
research on three projects in CRH's Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center.
Robert W. Pawloski, EdD
Implementation, Data Management, and Evaluation Specialist – North Dakota AHEC
Phone: (402) 871-5971
Robert "Bob" Pawloski has served as implementation, data management, and evaluation specialist to North
Dakota AHEC since 2016.
Bob has over two decades of experience in program evaluation, including leading
evaluation efforts on five other Health Resources and Services Administration grants. Currently in his 0.6
FTE role, Bob utilizes his proven skills in Qualtrics, TruServe, Blackboard, and
North Dakota University System OneDrive for Business to help manage North Dakota AHEC’s programs. His
evaluation approach is a developmental evaluation (DE) approach as per Michael Quinn Patton (Patton, 2011),
which is well-suited to programs that strive to improve each year, and thus are continuously in a process of
development. Patton advocates that a DE approach is best served when the evaluator is an integral member of
the project leadership team as they collaboratively engage in: identifying program points for a variety of
data gathering opportunities; selecting/adapting/designing survey and interview questions; and determining
evaluation questions that guide shared analysis.
Administrative Assistant – North Dakota AHEC
Phone: (701) 777-6084
Jan Flatin is also the administrative assistant to the programs of Behavioral Health Workforce Education and
Training and the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative at CRH at the UND School of Medicine & Health
Sciences in Grand Forks. Jan joined CRH in 2017 but has been on campus since 1997.