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News by Topic: Health workforce supply and demand

In Rural Wyoming, Women Must Often Travel Great Distances for Prenatal Care
Jul 15, 2018 - Details the barriers to accessing obstetrical care in rural areas of Wyoming, including a lack of providers, transportation issues, and the costs associated with travel. Also touches on some efforts to improve access within the state.
Source: Caspar Star Tribune
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Montana Is Losing Essential Mental Health Services
Jul 9, 2018 - Highlights the barriers to accessing mental and behavioral healthcare in Montana. Also touches on the history of mental healthcare in the state and on efforts to overcome those barriers. Montana spent $241 per capita on state mental health programs in 2015 and was ranked 29th in the nation. By contrast, neighboring North Dakota only spent $94 per capita and was ranked 15th.
Source: High Country News
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New UM Docs Ready to Cross Montana to Begin Rural Family Medicine
Jul 2, 2018 - Details the University of Montana's Family Medicine Residency, which focuses on training doctors to work in the state, especially in rural and underserved areas. When the program began in 2013, it had 10 students and four faculty members. Now it has 30 residents and 13 faculty. This rural-focused residency was established to address Montana's growing need for primary care providers that is only expected to get worse as older doctors retire.
Source: Missoula Current
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ER Staffing Split Along Urban-Rural Divide
Jun 18, 2018 - New research shows that the shortage of emergency physicians in rural areas is severe and the reasons behind it range from job location choice to budgetary and strategic factors.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
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Rural Areas Have The Highest Suicide Rates And Fewest Mental Health Workers
Jun 18, 2018 - Details the great need for mental health professionals in rural areas of the county, with a particular focus on Nebraska. 65% of non-metropolitan counties do not have a psychiatrist, and almost half of those don't have a psychologist either. Touches on efforts to recruit providers to rural areas.
Source: The Huffington Post
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Rural America Has Too Few Dentists — and Too Few Patients Who Can Pay
Jun 7, 2018 - Discusses oral health needs and disparities in rural America, focusing on a rural town in West Virginia. Although things like workforce shortages and preventive services either being reimbursed at low rates or not being covered at all by Medicaid or Medicare can contribute to the problem, this also touches on the economic realities of rural America and how difficult it can be to afford care even when it is accessible. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The Washington Post
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NC Bills Aim to Establish Teaching Hospitals in Rural Areas
Jun 4, 2018 - Details bipartisan bills submitted to the North Carolina legislature. These bills aim to provide incentives to expand medical education in rural counties, assist rural hospitals with gaining Medicare approval to become teaching hospitals, and incentivize medical residents and students to serve in rural areas after graduation.
Source: Winston-Salem Journal
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This County Has Only 1 Doctor. When He Retires, Who Will Replace Him?
May 29, 2018 - Details a rural Idaho county with only one doctor, and concern over how this county and many others like it will replace their physicians when they retire. Idaho is ranked 49th in the nation for the number of physicians per capita. Explores efforts within the state to improve these numbers.
Source: The Olympian
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