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Rural Health
News by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

Jun 13, 2019 - A hearing before the U.S. House Small Business Committee highlighted the impact of student debt on decisions to pursue primary care or open a practice in a rural community. Student debt can also affect the ability of rural practices to recruit healthcare professionals.
Source: Fierce Healthcare
Jun 3, 2019 - Facing an aging rural population and health workforce shortages, more rural facilities are hiring immigrants. In Danville, Pennsylvania, where residents already face an hour drive to the hospital, Geisinger uses professional development opportunities to attract international nurses and physicians.
Source: Voice of America
May 30, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's cycle for the 2019 National Health Service Corp New Site Application has been extended to June 13, 2019. The program has expanded eligibility to include facilities that provide general substance use disorder treatment, medication assisted treatment, and/or opioid treatment services.
Source: HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce
May 13, 2019 - What started 100 years ago as a one-room clinic has become a medical center with 20 employees in rural Burlington, North Carolina. The practice has evolved over time with changes in healthcare, including facing challenges now in recruiting primary care physicians to rural practice.
Source: North Carolina Health News
May 10, 2019 - A documentary from University of Wisconsin-Madison describes four main obstacles to rural healthcare access in the state. These challenges include: long distances between rural residents and healthcare services, shortages of pharmacists and mental health providers, stigma around mental health challenges, and difficulties recruiting and retaining physicians and nurses.
Source: Milwaukee Independent
May 6, 2019 - North Dakota has expanded the size of its medical school classes and residency programs to increase retention in state to 5 out of 6 graduates. Rural medicine scholarships are also encouraging physicians to practice in rural areas of the state.
Source: Williston Herald
May 4, 2019 - The Medical College of Georgia introduced an initiative intended to recruit more physicians into rural areas of the state by reducing the time for their degree and offering loan forgiveness for working in rural areas. The school is also expanding its enrollment and coordinating with new residency programs outside major metro areas that are focusing on primary care and specialties in demand in rural areas, such as obstetrics.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle
May 2, 2019 - Rural counties in Colorado are spending an increasing percent of their income on housing since the end of the Great Recession, according to data from Pew Research. Low incomes and a lack of housing supply are exacerbated by high construction costs, difficulty finding contractors, and little access to credit, also making it difficult for hospitals to recruit employees.
Source: Colorado Sun
May 2, 2019 - In the Texas Panhandle, a nursing shortage is forcing rural hospitals to divert patients to other facilities. The hospitals are considering partnering with area community colleges to train and retain nurses in their rural communities.
Source: ABC 7 News
Apr 30, 2019 - Rural healthcare systems in Maine are using patient-centered care models, rural training tracks, and primary care investments to help keep physicians in Maine. Even though they can't pay the highest wages, these strategies are helping them recruit and retain physicians.
Source: WGME