Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Recruitment and retention of health professionals
In addition to RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations rural program examples, you may also want to browse other case studies, databases, and websites with collections of health programs.
Each resource listed below uses its own criteria for selecting program examples, which may range from programs known to be effective based on research to anecdotal accounts. In each resource, you may want to review information on the level of evidence required for a program's inclusion.
May include non-rural programs that could be applicable to rural health delivery.
Highlights a healthcare system based in South Dakota that serves a primarily rural population. Focuses on their program LIGHT: Live, Improve, Grow, Heal and Treat, which seeks to prevent and address burnout for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
Reports on Maine's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Discusses strategies for workforce recruitment and retention, serving high-need patient populations, addressing critical community needs, and providing services that address the social determinants of health. Provides various examples of programs from across the state.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Muskie School of Public Service Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
An overview of the Indiana Rural Workforce Innovation Network (IRWIN) provided from an interview with Cindy Large, Heather Grable, and Amnah Anwar from the Indiana Rural Health Association. Focuses on IRWIN's achievements and insights as members work to strengthen Indiana's rural allied health workforce through recruitment, training, certification, and job placement.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
Illustrates examples of rural-focused medical education programs to support an adequate supply of physicians in rural Maine. Also, discusses behavioral and oral health workforce development, and promising programs utilizing other types of healthcare workers such as community paramedics and community health workers (CHWs) to increase the availability and accessibility of healthcare in rural Maine and in other rural regions of the U.S.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew F. Coburn
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
Describes an initiative to increase healthcare provider capacity in medically underserved areas throughout the service areas of the North Coast Clinics Network (NCCN), made up of four Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and one community clinic. Discusses issues recruiting healthcare providers to rural areas.
Author(s): Annette L. Gardner, Tina Tvedt
Sponsoring organization: California Endowment
Summarizes innovative programs occurring in rural areas, featuring a recruitment and retention network and other models focusing on workforce education and training for behavioral and mental health, transportation, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and chronic disease management.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association