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News by Topic: Health workforce supply and demand

Combating Alabama’s Rural Doctor Shortage
Mar 14, 2018 - Details Alabama's demand for physicians to work in rural areas and the work of the University of Alabama's Rural Health Leaders Pipeline to meet this demand. This collection of programs do outreach to rural elementary and middle schools to get kids interested in medical careers, offer a glimpse at pre-med college life for high school students, and provide a five-year rural medical education program beginning during the last year before med school.
Source: WBHM 90.3
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New RURAL Nurse Practitioner Program
Mar 5, 2018 - Frostburg State University (FSU) in Maryland announced the Nurse Practitioner (NP) program's official start would be in the fall 2018 semester. The program offers two concentrations, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), both of which have been built with rural populations and rural health as foundations. To this end, target students are experienced registered nurses who already work and live in rural, medically underserved areas.
Source: Maryland Rural Health Association
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Family Ties Keeps One Rural OB-GYN Practicing in Eastern NC, Despite Challenges
Mar 1, 2018 - Highlights the practice of one rural OB-GYN in North Carolina. Touches on the barriers that practices face in rural areas, including recruitment and retention, and on the specific health needs he sees in his practice, including women with substance abuse issues and chronic illnesses.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies
Feb 22, 2018 - Highlights a new study which found a correlation between the integration and acceptance of midwives into obstetrical care and improved maternal and infant outcomes and cost-effectiveness of care. Details the history of the United States' move away from midwifery as well as the growing acceptance of nurse-midwives and the impact they could potentially have in addressing racial health disparities and care shortages in rural and low-income communities.
Source: ProPublica
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Reducing Red Tape For Traveling Nurses
Feb 20, 2018 - Details a new version of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows licensed nurses to practice in any participating state without obtaining an additional state license. This provides flexibility to traveling nurses being used to address nursing shortages and contributes to the ability of nurses to provide telehealth across state lines. The new version adds the requirement for federal criminal background checks, which some states said was missing from the previous version. While this change has encouraged more states to sign-on to the agreement, some continue to have concerns about the NLC compact having lower requirements for licensure than their individual states.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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California’s Mental Health Physician Shortage Is Bad, And Getting Worse, Study Finds
Feb 16, 2018 - Highlights the high demand for mental health providers in California, including information from a recent report that found that rural areas of the state have especially high need for mental health professionals and that this problem is likely to worsen over time.
Source: capital public radio
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Rural Parts of North Carolina Need More Doctors. He’s Trying to Change That.
Feb 14, 2018 - Interview with Dr. Robert Bashford, the Assistant Dean of the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine's Rural Initiative Program, a program that offers debt-forgiveness to med students who agree to work in rural and underserved areas of the state. Also touches on the need to address social determinants of health with patients.
Source: The News & Observer
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Rural Oral Health Summit Presents the Problem, Looks for Answers
Feb 12, 2018 - Details Campbell University Public Health program's Rural Oral Health Summit, which focused on the importance of care, high demand for providers, the impact of factors like poverty, dental insurance, and community resources.
Source: Campbell University
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UGA Extension, Mercer University Partner to Recruit Future Doctors for Rural Georgia
Feb 12, 2018 - Highlights a project between Georgia's Mercer University School of Medicine and the state's 4-H program run by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. The program, "Setting Your Sights on Medical School" aims to expose youth in rural Georgia communities to medicine and to information about pursuing a medical career.
Source: UGA Today
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