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Rural Project Examples: Physician assistants

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Rural Experiences for Health Professions Students (REHPS)
Updated/reviewed January 2018
  • Need: An ongoing shortage of healthcare providers in rural areas of South Dakota
  • Intervention: A 4-week summer program placing health professions students in rural communities.
  • Results: Of graduating participants, 70% practice in South Dakota with 30% practicing in rural communities with populations fewer than 10,000, or veteran facilities.
Updated/reviewed March 2017
  • Need: Assistance for Midwest rural physicians who are experiencing burnout due to heavy workload, lack of staff, limited resources, and stress related to the use of electronic medical records.
  • Intervention: Through a variety of methods, Avera LIGHT comes alongside of providers to prevent and treat physician burnout and support their physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
  • Results: Physicians who have been on the brink of quitting because of burnout have stayed on staff as a direct result of Avera LIGHT.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Tennessee Rural Partnership
Updated/reviewed January 2017
  • Need: To address the increasing need for healthcare providers in the rural and underserved areas of Tennessee.
  • Intervention: The Tennessee Rural Partnership was created to assist in the recruitment, placement, and retention of physicians and healthcare professionals.
  • Results: As of 2016, more than 120 primary care providers have been placed in 70 rural Tennessee communities.