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Jan 30, 2024 - Profiles the Leadership in Rural Medicine Program, a rural training program for physicians in Michigan. Discusses the importance of community engagement, workforce shortages, and more recent programs also aiming to address physician shortages.
Source: The 'Gander
Jan 30, 2024 - Discusses Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designations for primary care providers, particularly the challenges with collecting data on policy measures intended to reduce shortages. Discusses recruitment and retention incentive programs, who qualifies as a primary care provider, and rural-specific concerns.
Source: KFF Health News, USA Today
Jan 29, 2024 - A rural New York county is hiring its own child development specialists in an effort to decrease long waiting periods for care due to workforce shortages. Notes the benefits of early intervention for both the child and other public health services. Discusses COVID impacts and challenges to accessing care for local families.
Source: The Ithaca Voice
Jan 27, 2024 - Highlights the East Tennessee State University Department of Family Medicine's efforts to send residents into rural areas in an attempt to address predicted primary care shortages in rural areas.
Source: Citizen Tribune
Jan 25, 2024 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to serve as members of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP). NACNEP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on policy, program development, and other matters of significance concerning the activities under Title VIII of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, including the range of issues relating to the nurse workforce, education, and practice improvement. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 22, 2024 - Highlights current and projected healthcare workforce shortages in Michigan, noting rural areas in particular are impacted. Discusses reasons for shortages including an aging workforce, an aging population, the impact of COVID-19, reimbursement rates, and more. Discusses policy attempts to reduce shortages such as loan repayment programs, career pipelines, restructuring license requirements, and more.
Source: Flint Side
Jan 22, 2024 - Discusses challenges with recruiting hospital administrators to rural facilities, highlighting trends in Colorado and nationally.
Source: The Colorado Sun
Jan 22, 2024 - Highlights a new residency program focused on training psychiatrists to serve in rural South Carolina. The program emphasizes primary care and outpatient services.
Source: WLTX19
Jan 19, 2024 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) describing the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program application process, deadlines, and award selection criteria for fiscal year 2023. The AFG program awards grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and state fire training academies to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and fire-related hazards. The application period opens on January 29, 2024. Applications are due by March 8, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 18, 2024 - Highlights programs at the University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine to address physician shortages in rural, tribal, and other underserved communities.
Source: Good Notes