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Rural Health
News by Topic: Health workforce supply and demand

Dec 3, 2019 - A recently released report by the state of Georgia shows an increase in the number of primary care physicians, but major shortages still exist. Describes initiatives the state is taking to further close the provider gap, such as investing in residency programs and offering financial incentives to those who choose to practice in rural and underserved areas.
Source: Georgia Health News
Dec 2, 2019 - Identifies counties in South New Jersey as having a shortage of physicians and nurses as well as low per-capita income and poor health outcomes. Discusses possible solutions to the shortage, such as allowing nurses to have more authority and decreasing the cost of medical school.
Source: NJ Spotlight
Nov 19, 2019 - Features a family in rural Texas who has become accustomed to driving several hours to receive any type of medical care. Describes how increasing the number of residency programs in Texas could increase the number of providers willing to practice in rural areas.
Source: Texas Observer
Nov 16, 2019 - Explores the job of physicians located at the Avera eCare telemedicine center in South Dakota who provide on-screen emergency care to rural facilities across the country. Describes the need for emergency telemedicine as rural communities struggle with provider shortages, hospital closures, and an increase in patients.
Source: The Washington Post
Nov 15, 2019 - Addresses the shortage of rural healthcare providers and explains how training programs can adapt and develop strategies that promote practicing in rural areas. Features programs across the country that are exposing medical students to rural areas, leveraging telemedicine, and creating mutually beneficial partnerships to decrease the gap.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Nov 12, 2019 - Explains the importance of celebrating National Rural Health Day to showcase the uplifting spirit and the efforts to overcome challenges in rural communities. Features two rural healthcare doctors that returned to their hometown to practice medicine, includes their advice for others wanting to do the same. (May require a subscription to view article.)
Source: Payson Roundup
Nov 12, 2019 - Opinion article examines the role retailers can take to increase affordable, timely medical care in rural America. Author describes that the expansion of retail clinics with telehealth capabilities will provide healthcare at a low, upfront cost in a more convenient location, helping to fill the provider shortages.
Source: Forbes
Nov 7, 2019 - A majority of Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are in rural parts of the country, leaving rural Americans with limited access to preventive dermatologic care and treatment. Opinion article addresses the implications of a lack of board-certified dermatologists and introduces solutions implemented at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, such as teledermatology and rural residency programs.
Source: Health Affairs
Nov 4, 2019 - Features a mother in rural Mississippi who struggles to find sufficient mental health care for her son because of the lack of services available in her community. Outlines a study that found the number of child psychologists in the U.S. has risen, but many rural and lower income counties are still without one.
Source: HuffPost
Nov 2, 2019 - The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced the application for its nursing employment recruitment program, aimed at attracting nurses from out of state. The program will pay the health care facility for each nurse that relocates to the state, as the current supply of nurses does not meet the growing need.
Source: The Bismarck Tribune