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Rural Project Examples: Health workforce pipeline

Successfully Training and Educating Pre-medical Students (STEPS)
Updated/reviewed November 2017
  • Need: To increase the number of primary care providers in northeast Kentucky.
  • Intervention: STEPS provides support such as physician shadowing, mock interviews, and MCAT practice exams for regional students applying to medical school.
  • Results: 22 of the 28 total participants have been accepted into medical school.
Chuuk Women’s Council
Updated/reviewed October 2017
  • Need: A way to improve health of women in Chuuk, one of 4 states that make up the Federated States of Micronesia.
  • Intervention: Through health education and leadership training, the Chuuk Women’s Council equips women to be leaders in healthcare, government, and other areas where they can be advocates for female physical, mental, and socioeconomic health.
  • Results: The Council’s advocacy efforts have advanced opportunities for women in Chuuk and have influenced legislation to bring equal opportunity to Chuukese women.
Club Scrub
Updated/reviewed July 2017
  • Need: Rural Wisconsin communities experience threatened healthcare infrastructure due to workforce shortages.
  • Intervention: The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, in partnership with the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, created a youth program to increase awareness of health-related professions known as Club Scrub.
  • Results: Middle-school students attend the program and gain a better understanding of career options in the healthcare industry.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy FORWARD NM Pathways to Health Careers
Updated/reviewed May 2017
  • Need: New Mexico's southwestern counties of Hidalgo, Catron, Luna, and Grant have experienced chronic shortages of primary care providers. New Mexico has the oldest physician population in the country.
  • Intervention: A comprehensive workforce pipeline program, including programming for middle and high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, primary care program students, and medical and dental residents.
  • Results: The program reaches over 2,000 school-aged students throughout the service areas and hosts 70+ rural rotation experiences annually. It has also gained partnership with the HMS-Family Medicine Residency Program since 2013 and designation as an Area Health Education Center (AHEC) since 2012.
Rescue Divas EMT Recruitment
Updated/reviewed December 2016
  • Need: There is a shortage of EMTs in rural northern Wisconsin.
  • Intervention: Rescue Divas is a summer camp program geared toward middle school girls that was created to spark an interest in future careers in emergency medical services.
  • Results: The number of girls who were very interested in pursuing a career in EMS jumped from 6 to 13 after participating in Rescue Divas.
Project PROMISE
Added February 2016
  • Need: An increased interest among young people to pursue a medical career in rural North Carolina
  • Intervention: Two medical students started a program that gives high school seniors medical academic training, mentor relationships, and hands-on experience in rural North Carolina facilities.
  • Results: Project PROMISE has graduated 10 high school students, 5 of whom are pursuing an undergraduate degree with an interest in studying medicine.