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Resources by Topic: Health aides and assistants

Strengthening the Entry-Level HealthCare Workforce: Finding a Path
Examines gaps in the existing healthcare workforce, challenges facing entry-level healthcare workers (EHCW), current EHCW training programs and contexts where training programs are used effectively, and strategies and policy opportunities to strengthen the EHCW. Includes rural references throughout and case studies for programs in rural Alaska and Washington. Provides an interactive inventory of existing policies and programs that support EHCW training, recruitment, and retention.
Additional links: Entry-Level Health Care Workforce: Information and Programs Visualization Tool
Author(s): Shira H. Fischer, Ryan K. McBain, Laura J. Faherty, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, RAND Corporation
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Virginia's Certified Nurse Aide Workforce: 2020
An overview of the certified nurse aide (CNA) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2020 Certified Nurse Aide Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of CNAs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas of Virginia.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Medicare and Home Health: Taking Stock in the COVID-19 Era
Provides an overview of the Medicare home health benefit including Medicare financing, demographics of beneficiaries, and the home health workforce. Describes the impact of COVID-19 on the utilization home health services and regulatory changes taken in response to the pandemic. Offers policy recommendations to increase the value of home health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Courtney Harold Van Houtven, Walter D. Dawson
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Texas Speech-Language Pathologists Assistants, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends, age distribution, and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of speech-language pathologists assistants in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Use of Apprenticeship to Meet Demand for Medical Assistants in the U.S.
Reports findings from a study of registered medical assistant (MA) apprenticeship programs in 12 states. Discusses the workforce needs these programs may help address, including workforce needs in rural communities. Describes the programs and discusses challenges with starting and maintaining MA apprenticeship programs.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Andrew D. Jopson, Susan M. Skillman, Bianca K. Frogner
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Virginia's Occupational Therapy Assistant Workforce: 2018
An overview of the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2018 Occupational Therapy Assistant Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of OTAs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia's Physical Therapist Assistant Workforce: 2018
An overview of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2018 Physical Therapist Assistant Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of PTAs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Active Ottumwa: Adapting Evidence-Based Recommendations to Promote Physical Activity in a Micropolitan New Destination Community
Reports on the development of an evidence-based community-wide intervention promoting physical activity in Ottumwa, Iowa, a micropolitan community of nearly 25,000 people. This program, Active Ottumwa, utilizes lay health advisors and incorporates behavioral and social intervention approaches to improve health. Evaluation procedures for this study include a community survey, longitudinal cohort assessment, observational data, interviews, and project records.
Author(s): Barbara Baquero, Christine Kava, Sato Ashida, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(5), 917
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
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North Dakota Nursing Facility Workforce Survey Chartbook: 2016
Analyzes the survey results from 78 nursing facility chief executive officers in North Dakota. Describes characteristics of the nursing facility workforce. Includes rural versus urban comparisons for multiple measures, such as registered nurse (RN) vacancy rates, number of nurse full-time equivalents (FTEs), level of difficulty in filling staff positions, most important problem in recruiting RNs, and many others.
Author(s): Gary Hart, Robin Besse, Mandi-Leigh Peterson
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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State of Care: Wisconsin's Home Care Landscape
Provides a snapshot of the home care landscape in Wisconsin. Includes information on the quality of care, workforce compensation, training, scope of practice, recruitment and retention, and unique challenges in rural areas. Includes statistics on home care workforce demographics in Wisconsin and at the national level, older adult population by county, and labor force participation as well as unemployment rates in Wisconsin by age, education, gender and family composition, and poverty.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
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