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Resources by Topic: Health workforce supply and demand

Rural-Urban Differences in Child and Adolescent Access to and Receipt of Mental Health Services Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results from the National Survey of Children's Health
Policy brief comparing rural-urban differences in access to and receipt of mental health services, to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on service accessibility and utilization in different geographic settings. Analyzes data from a large, national sample of children and adolescents to examine inter-group similarities and differences and offer considerations for alleviating the youth mental health crisis. Features statistics with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Author(s): Kristen Figas, Theodoros Giannouchos, Elizabeth Crouch
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Review of Rural U.S. Economic and Health Care Trends
Reviews recent literature and publicly available data to explore important issues at the nexus of healthcare and local economic vibrancy, and explores the economic implications associated with COVID-19. Includes sections on rural hospitals, the rural healthcare workforce, emergency medical services, insurance, and telehealth. Features statistics with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density and county-level maps showing Health Professional Shortage Areas and rural counties without obstetrical services.
Author(s): Alison Davis
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Economic Analysis of Rural Health
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Rural Hospital Closures Threaten Access: Solutions to Preserve Care in Local Communities
Provides an overview of rural hospital closures between 2010-2021. Discusses rural demographics and outlines trends affecting rural hospital financial sustainability, including patient volume and health, reimbursement, staffing shortages, COVID-19, new models of care, and more.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Assessing the Characteristics of New York State Dentists Serving Medicaid Beneficiaries
Results of a study exploring the demographic, educational, and practice characteristics of dentists in New York, to understand which factors are associated with dentists' participation and their level of participation in the Medicaid program. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural or urban location.
Author(s): Shen Wang, Robert Martiniano, Kristen Stiegler
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Public Health Preparedness: COVID-19 Medical Surge Experiences and Related HHS Efforts
Discusses the medical surge challenges of eight hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how healthcare coalitions have supported the hospitals' efforts. Identifies challenges related to staffing, supplies, space, and information, as well as challenges unique to rural hospitals. Describes Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) programs and activities to support medical surge readiness.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Wisconsin Community Health Center Workforce
Provides data and information related to the Wisconsin community health center workforce. Focuses on workforce shortages, training pipelines, addressing challenges, innovative workforce practices, policy considerations, and more.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
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Indiana Governor's Public Health Commission Report 2022
Provides an overview of public health in Indiana with a focus on healthy environments and health education. Examines the declining life expectancy and challenges to public health such as behavioral health issues, adult and child obesity, infectious diseases, and geographic and socio-economic health disparities. Summarizes and provides recommendations from the commission's findings related to governance and infrastructure, funding, healthcare workforce, data integration, emergency preparedness, and child/adolescent health.
Additional links: Appendices, News Brief
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indiana Department of Health
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Staffing Hurdles Chip Away at Access to Care
Summarizes the results of a survey of rural hospital leaders between March 2-April 15, 2022. Explores how rural hospitals are navigating COVID-19 vaccination mandates and the continued impact of nurse staffing shortages on the delivery of care. Discusses drivers of nurse turnover at rural hospitals.
Author(s): Michael Topchik, Troy Brown, Melanie Pinette, Billy Balfour
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Chartis Center for Rural Health
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Communities in Crisis: Exploring the PA Oral Health Workforce Shortages
Webinar presenting a panel discussion of Access to Oral Health Workforce Report: Part I, a July 2022 report on the status of the dental workforce in Pennsylvania. Transcript available by clicking the three dots on the line above the red Subscribe button.
Author(s): Helen Hawkey, Kelly A. Braun, Lauren Wagner, Meghan Bastin, Sean C. Boynes
Date: 08/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health
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The Most Rural Counties Have the Fewest Health Care Services Available
Examines healthcare resources in metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas, with information on availability of healthcare facilities, bed-to-population ratios, provider-to-population ratios, and health professional shortage areas.
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Dobis, Jessica E. Todd
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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