Sydney Armbruster intersects housing and healthcare on Episode 17 of Rural Futures Podcast

Sydney Armbruster intersects housing and healthcare on Episode 17 of Rural Futures Podcast

November 14, 2018

Lincoln, NE — “I really have a passion for helping people,” says Sydney Armbruster, who hopes to be a physician assistant in a rural community one day.

The Falls City, Nebraska, native is a senior disease and human health major at Peru State College. She shares her rural experience in healthcare and housing in the Bold Voices student segment at 13:53 of Episode 17 of the Rural Futures Institute’s weekly podcast launched today with featured guest Christiana McFarland of the National League of Cities.

Expecting to be placed in a rural community after becoming a Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Serviceship student in 2018, Sydney was surprised to learn she would spend her summer in Omaha with the Omaha Municipal Land Bank.

The Omaha Municipal Land Bank is a local governmental nonprofit organization that was established by the Nebraska Legislature to develop housing strategies for regional organizations in rural communities across Nebraska.

Armbruster appears in front of the fireplace.

Sydney Armbruster

“Once I got to Omaha, I learned a whole new world that joined housing and healthcare,” she says. With the Land Bank, she got an inside view of how important housing is to a community and witnessed the critical connections between health and housing.

“It made me grow as a person and will definitely shape how I practice medicine in the future,” she says of her RFI serviceship experience. “It definitely opened my horizons to what the world has to offer and how many people are working for positive change in the world today.”

The RFI podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” is available on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

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