Skip to main content

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

Jan 14, 2020 - Interview with the new CEO of Marshall Medical Center in California regarding her organization's efforts to provide quality healthcare to rural residents in the area. Discusses rural recruitment and retention of physicians, the challenges rural hospitals face, and how her facility is addressing the county's specific health needs.
Source: Comstock's Magazine
Jan 10, 2020 - Opinion article from the president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (PAs) describing how PAs are important in expanding access to care in rural areas. Discusses strategies to increase the number of PAs in rural areas, such as removing administrative barriers and incentivizing through scholarship and loan repayment programs.
Source: Fierce Healthcare
Jan 7, 2020 - Discusses the struggle in rural Kansas to find psychiatrists willing to practice in the state and their use of out-of-state doctors and video conferencing to help in some areas.
Source: Derby Informer
Dec 20, 2019 - The only psychiatrist in rural International Falls, Minnesota retired, leaving no psychiatrists for more than 100 miles. Most rural communities are struggling with limited access to mental health services, describes the challenges with recruiting mental health providers in remote areas and how primary care physicians are taking on the work to fill in the gaps.
Source: MPR News
Dec 18, 2019 - Opinion piece addresses the issues that rural hospitals are faced with, such as physician shortages, lack of financial stability, and underinsured and aging populations. Describes policies that have been implemented in various states to recruit healthcare workers and help hospitals stay open in rural areas.
Source: National Conference of State Legislators
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