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Resources by Topic: Health occupations

Provision of Mental Health Services by Critical Access Hospital-Based Rural Health Clinics
Examines the extent to which Critical Access Hospital (CAH)-based Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) provide mental health services. Describes the characteristics and staffing patterns of CAH-based RHCs that offer these services. Explores challenges of providing mental health services at RHCs and strategies for integrating mental health and primary care services.
Author(s): John Gale, Zacharia Croll, Nathan First, Sara Kahn-Troster
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Supply and Distribution of the Primary Care Workforce in Rural America: 2019
Details the supply of primary care providers in rural and urban areas in the U.S. Compares rates of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants per 100,000 people by county across the country. Features a state-level analysis.
Additional links: State-level Analysis
Author(s): Eric H. Larson, C. Holly A. Andrilla, Lisa A. Garberson, et al.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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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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Advancing Rural Health: Nursing Education, Policy, and Practice
Recording of a presentation on June 17, 2020, featuring discussion on educational and policy-related nursing practices necessary for providing socially and culturally appropriate healthcare to individuals in rural areas. Presented at the 2020 National Rural Health Association Annual Conference.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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Promising Practice: Getting More Nurses Working in Rural Montana
Highlights a collaboration between the Montana Office of Rural Health and Montana State University College of Nursing to train nurses to work in rural areas. Details the programs funded through two Health Resources and Services Administration grants: one offered online to train nurse practitioners from all over the state, and the other prepares BSN-level nurses to work in rural primary care.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Rural Practice Management Considerations for COVID-19
May 13, 2020 webinar describing how one independent rural physician is navigating COVID-19 related challenges including financials, practice workflow, and reopening concerns. Includes information about payment policies for telehealth and recommendations for training staff members in telehealth procedures.
Author(s): Beverly Jordan
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Through the Eyes of Rural Healthcare Providers: Perspectives of Changes to Practice Ownership and Management
Qualitative brief exploring insights from interviews with 12 rural healthcare providers. Includes statistics from 1995-2015 on the number of South Carolina physicians who are self-employed or working for a private employer, with breakdowns by micropolitan or small adjacent/remote rural location.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Virginia's Dental Hygienist Workforce: 2020
An overview of the Virginia dental hygienist workforce based on data from the 2020 Dental Hygienist Workforce Survey. Features statistics on the number of dental hygienists working in rural Virginia as well as how many grew up in rural areas of Virginia.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia's Assisted Living Facility Administrator Workforce: 2020
An overview of the assisted living facility administrator (ALFA) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2020 Assisted Living Facility Administrator Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of ALFAs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia's Nursing Home Administrator Workforce: 2020
An overview of the nursing home administrator (NHA) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2020 Nursing Home Administrator Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of NHAs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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