While a strong health care workforce is vital to its community, the population of rural America and its health care providers are aging. In this moderated panel discussion, the opinions of a senior doctor and nurse and those of a freshman doctor and nurse who have chosen to make rural America their home will be compared and contrasted. The session will focus on the values and amenities different generations are expecting in a work environment.


Amy Lacina, RN, BSN

Director of Nursing
North Shore Health

Amy began her nursing career in 2006 working at a Critical Access hospital Wisconsin. Moving to Cook County Minnesota in 2008, she switched gears and worked in public health. While working part-time, Amy obtained her bachelor of science degree in nursing. Desiring more hands-on skills, Amy re-entered the world of hospital nursing in 2012 and moved up from staff nurse to Clinical Nurse Manager and finally to Director of Nursing.

James Erickson, DO

University of Minnesota Duluth - Family Medicine Residency.

James Erickson is a Resident at the University of Minnesota Duluth - Family Medicine Residency. Currently, in his first year of residency, James practices full spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics. His medical interests include rural medicine, broad-spectrum practice, surgery and psychiatric elements of wellness. Originally from Warroad, Minnesota, he desires to return to Warroad to practice medicine, giving back to his home community.

Lisa Prusak, MD

Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency

Lisa Prusak, MD, is faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency. She practices full-spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics. Her previous practice experience includes full spectrum family medicine and urgent care at clinics in Duluth, Minnesota, and Anchorage, Alaska, as well as medical relief work in Bangladesh. Her medical interests include full spectrum family medicine, outpatient medicine, procedures, and international medicine.