Community Health Outreach Center

Community Health Outreach Center

Mission: “Supporting the recruitment and retention of trades and health professionals through community outreach programs that focus on diversity and rural practice.”

Students learn Phlebotomy at the NMU Rural Health Careers Camp

Students perform an Ebola nursing lab at the NMU Rural Health Careers Camp


Description of Programs

The Community Health Outreach Center (CHOC) is an extension of the School of Health and Human Performance at NMU.   The goals of CHOC are: 1) the recruitment and retention of trades and health professionals in the UP; 2) working with underserved and minority youth; and 3) a focus on practicing in rural, underserved areas.  We do this through various objectives such as coordinating pipeline programs focused on health or trades professions at high schools throughout the UP, building a solid curriculum and internship program for students in Community Health and focusing on health promotion activities that assist students with wholeness and wellness at NMU.  Most of our programs are advertised through UP high schools and our partners, where students can register on-line to learn more about the trades or health professions and determine their future needs and direction.



Cynthia Noble, MS
Director, CHOC

Program Manager coming May!
Program Mgr., CHOC


Contact Us:  906-227-1613  OR  906-227-1640

Cynthia Noble, Executive Director

Cindy holds a Masters Degree in Sport Sciences & Health Promotion and has extensive experience in facilities and program management in the areas of health and recreation.  Besides her 5 years working at NMU, she was with the City of Marquette as the Parks & Recreation Coordinator, and also a Wellness Coordinator at Bell Memorial Hospital.  She also taught for four years as an adjunct instructor for Northern Michigan University in Health Promotion and Personal Training.  Some of Cindy’s volunteer work includes coaching for Superiorland Soccer and helping out with various races in the area.  A few highlights of Cindy’s skills include: facilities and program management, contracts, budgets, grants, staffing and policies and procedures.  Cindy enjoys working with staff to coordinate events and programs to build a successful workplace.  In her spare time, Cindy enjoys being with her husband and two boys, hiking with their pets, cross- country skiing, yoga, running and various other sports.

Katrina Keough, Program Manager

Katrina holds a Masters in Public Administration from NMU, and was formerly a Radiographer and Cardiovascular Technologist for nine years in the health care field. After leading Performance Improvement committees and assisting in developing best practices for the Heart Institute at UP Health System-Marquette, she began pursuing a Masters of Public Administration with a focus on health care administration and non-profits. In 2015, Katrina began her career at Northern Michigan University and started in 2017 as Program Manager of the Upper Peninsula Regional Center.   Katrina is also largely involved in non-profit work as the board President of the Hiawatha Music Co-op developing the strategic journey; membership, fundraising, and events committees; and overseeing the NMU Student Chapter for Hiawatha Music Co-op. She is also a musician, mother of two boys, and wife to her high school sweetheart. The family also has three dogs, all rescues from UPAWS in Marquette.

Contact Information:

School of Health & Human Performance - CHOC                                                                      

Northern Michigan University

PEIF 218/19

1401 Presque Isle Ave.

Marquette, MI  49855


Or tag us at:  @NMUCHOC