Rural Health Care Initiative
  • Partnering with Sierra Leone to save lives
Carol Nelson
Executive Director

Carol Nelson MD is a retired physician from the U of MN Boynton Health Women’s Clinic and St. Paul Primary Care Clinic. A graduate of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, she is board certified in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. She has practiced primary care medicine for 38 years.

Initially serving as RHCI’s fundraising chair, she joined the RHCI Board in 2013 and was the Board Chair for two years, 2015-17.  She is now serving as the Executive Director.  She has traveled to Tikonko in Sierra Leone three times, with the latest trip in January 2017.  During the recent trip, she facilitated a Helping Babies Breathe  training session for the Traditional Birth Attendants in Tikonko Chiefdom.

Dr. Nelson is currently pursuing her Master’s of Public Health at the U of MN School of Public Health, with a focus on Global Health.  She also volunteers at Camp Heartland near Willow River, a camp for kids facing serious health challenges, isolation or intolerance.  Her husband Keith Henry, MD is an HIV/AIDS specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center.