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Resources by Topic: Health occupations

Using State Licensure Data to Assess North Carolina's Health Workforce COVID-19 Response Capacity
Assesses the supply of healthcare providers in North Carolina who are able to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, using licensure data merged with population data and numbers of intensive care unit (ICU) beds. Mentions rural throughout. Features county-level maps showing ratios of respiratory therapists, critical care nurses and physicians per 10,000 county population, and ratios of critical care nurses and respiratory therapists to numbers of ICU beds.
Author(s): Heather Wilson, Evan M. Galloway, Julie C. Spero, et al.
Citation: North Carolina Medical Journal, 82(1), 29-35
Date: 2021
Type: Document
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Report to the 2021 Legislature: Annual Report on Findings from the Hawai'i Physician Workforce Assessment Project
Reports on Hawaii physician workforce characteristics and shortages by county and specialty. Summarizes activities to support the physician workforce, including recruitment and personal protective equipment assistance related to COVID-19, telehealth efforts, data collection, expanded rural training programming, and other activities. Notes the anticipated closure of the Hawaii State Loan Repayment Program.
Author(s): Kelley Withy
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hawaii and Pacific Basin Area Health Education Centers
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West Virginia Health Sciences and Rural Health Report 2020
Review of medical school enrollment, licensing rates, student debt ratios, residency training, and retention rates in West Virginia, with special focus on the Rural Health Initiative Program. Includes information on dental, advanced practice nursing, pharmacy, and physician assistant programs. Describes the Medical Student Loan Program, and the Health Sciences Services Program providing financial awards to health professionals who agree to practice in underserved areas of West Virginia.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
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Advancing the Role of the Nurse in the Management of MS in Rural Areas: An Online Curriculum
Provides information on the comprehensive care of rural people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Designed to address challenges exacerbated by events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and offers insights into best practices and strategies for overcoming barriers.
Author(s): Bonnie Blain, Mary Filipi
Date: 12/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Catamount Medical Education, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses
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Addressing Health Disparities in the Rural United States: Advocacy as Caregiving among Community Health Workers and Promotores de Salud
Presents a study comparing the roles played by community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud in serving rural communities in Indiana and Texas. Discusses CHWs role in addressing rural health disparities and describes that role in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Ryan I. Logan, Heide CastaƱeda
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(24), 9223
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
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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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COVID-19 State Emergency Response: Temporarily Suspended and Waived Practice Agreement Requirements
Provides information about temporary changes to regulations related to nurse practitioners' scope of practice, supervision, and protocol requirements in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and the Atlantic Territories. Features an interactive map showing full practice states, those that have waived or suspended some or all practice agreement requirements, and those that have taken no action.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association - COVID-19 Resources
Provides national, state, and county-level resources to help emergency medical services (EMS) agencies respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes vaccination, COVID-19 reporting requirements, EMS workforce concerns, and more.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association
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ACOG Practice Advisory: Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Provides guidance for obstetricians and gynecologists related to COVID-19. Covers testing, infection prevention and control, precautions for healthcare workforce, care for pregnant women, breastfeeding, and other topics.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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Using Telehealth to Care for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
An overview of resources and tools to help providers use telehealth to care for patients while keeping staff safe. Includes resources to implement telehealth, as well as information on payment, legal issues, Medicare services, and more.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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