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Resources by Topic: Allied health

CMS Open Door Forum Podcast and Transcripts
Provides audio recordings and transcripts of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum calls since October 2016, including the Rural Health Open Door Forums and COVID-19 stakeholder calls.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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The Supply and Rural-Urban Distribution of the Obstetrical Care Workforce in the U.S
Highlights the supply of obstetrical care workers in rural and urban areas in the U.S. Compares rates of midwives, advanced practice midwives, obstetricians, and family practice physicians who deliver babies per 100,000 women of childbearing age in rural counties. Features a state-by state analysis and state-level profiles.
Additional links: State-level Reports
Author(s): Davis Patterson, Holly Andrilla, Lisa Garberson
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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What Commute Patterns Can Tell Us About the Supply of Allied Health Workers and Registered Nurses
Analyzes commuting patterns among people in 11 allied health occupations and 2 categories of registered nurses. Intended to help workforce planners understand the local supply of workers, measure productivity and the gain or loss in earnings due to increased commuting, and identify opportunities for benefits such as transportation subsidies. Discusses incentives that could be offered to rural nurses that might encourage them to seek work in their own communities. Features statistics on work characteristics, average wages, and average commute times among people in the occupations studied.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Arati Dahal, Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, Bianca K. Frogner
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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The Respiratory Therapist Workforce in the U.S.: Supply, Distribution, Education Pathways, and State Responses to Emergency Surges in Demand
An overview of the respiratory therapist workforce across the U.S. including their practice scope and settings, supply and distribution, education and credentialing, and work force capacity with an additional focus on the emergency related concerns of COVID-19.
Author(s): Susan M Skillman, Bianca K Frogner, Arati Dahal, Benjamin A Stubbs, Grace Guenther
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington
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State Incentive Programs that Encourage Allied Health Professionals to Provide Care for Rural and Underserved Populations
Policy brief investigating allied health incentive programs at the state level by examining their goals, policies, practices, and available data on their achievement in recruiting and retaining allied health professionals to rural and underserved areas. Nearly 70 programs were surveyed and documented that provided financial support or training opportunities for 39 different types of allied health professionals and students in return for a service commitment.
Author(s): Malaika R. Schwartz, Davis G. Patterson, Rachelle L. McCarty
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Network Spotlight: Indiana Rural Workforce Innovation Network
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.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Contributions of Community Colleges to the Education of Allied Health Professionals in Rural Areas of the United States
Examines the availability and importance of community colleges for educating the rural allied health workforce. Discusses which allied health occupations are most affected, the contributions of rural community colleges, and the potential for using distance education to overcome geographic barriers. Addresses the distance from community colleges with allied health programs to Critical Access Hospitals and the implications for workforce recruitment.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Gina A. Keppel, Davis G. Patterson, Mark P. Doescher
Date: 10/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Allied Health Workforce and Services: Workshop Summary
Highlights of a workshop held on May 9-10, 2011. Examines the current allied health care workforce and considers how it can contribute to improving health care access, quality, and effectiveness. Chapter six discusses rural education and training.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Health Care Services
Date: 12/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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A Rural-Urban Comparison of Allied Health Average Hourly Wages
Explores the hourly wage differences of allied health care professionals in rural and urban areas. Discusses whether a wage deviation contributes to the health care workforce shortage issues found in rural areas.
Author(s): Indira Richardson, Rebecca Slifkin, Randy Randolph, Mark Holmes
Date: 01/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Recruitment and Retention of a Quality Health Workforce in Rural Areas, Number 11: Allied Health
Addresses rural healthcare workforce needs focusing on allied healthcare professionals including occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, clinical laboratory science, and other allied health professions. Discusses challenges and strategies to recruiting and retaining allied health professionals in rural communities.
Date: 10/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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