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Resources by Topic: Health workforce supply and demand

Challenges in Providing Substance Use Disorder Treatment to Child Welfare Clients in Rural Communities
Provides an overview of the unique challenges rural communities face serving parents with substance abuse issues, including provider shortages, limited access to health insurance, transportation and technological barriers, and lack of routine cross-systems collaboration with the child welfare system. Offers strategies to overcome these challenges in rural communities.
Author(s): Elizabeth Clary, Christina Ribar, Elizabeth Weigensberg
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica
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Recognizing and Sustaining the Value of Community Health Workers and Promotores
Discusses the ways in which community health workers and promotores (CHW/Ps) contribute to the healthcare system, with a focus on California. Gives examples of the ways in which CHW/Ps in rural areas can alleviate workforce shortages, strengthen patient engagement with the healthcare system, and act as liaisons to social structures, including churches and Native American tribal organizations.
Author(s): Jim Lloyd, Kathy Moses, Rachel Davis
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Physician Workforce in Nevada: A Chartbook
Provides current data on the supply and geographic distribution by county, including rural and frontier, of physicians in Nevada.
Author(s): John Packham, Tabor Griswold
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office of Statewide Initiatives
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Strategic Choice in Developing Telemedicine - Observations from Three Organizations
Discusses organizational considerations such as local and regional market conditions and economics for hospital systems incorporating telemedicine into their healthcare services. Features a literature review and results of interviews with Kaiser Permanente Southern California, the Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Explores challenges and plans for expansion of services to underserved areas.
Author(s): Thomas Vaughn, Fred Ullrich, Muska Nataliansyah, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Report to the 2020 Legislature: Annual Report on Findings from the Hawai'i Physician Workforce Assessment Project
Reports on shortages of physicians in Hawaii by county and specialty. Summarizes the activities supported in the past year to help address these shortages including workforce pipeline programs, loan repayment contracts, increasing state shortage designations, continuing education through Project ECHO, and a tax credit for health preceptors.
Author(s): Kelley Withy
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hawaii and Pacific Basin Area Health Education Centers
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A Shrinking Primary Care Workforce in Puerto Rico
Discusses Puerto Rico's aging primary care workforce and concerns about the number of healthcare professionals who have left the island following the 2017 hurricane and the relatively low recruitment and retention rate for graduates of Puerto Rico's residency programs. Features statistics showing primary care physician age distribution in Puerto Rico compared with the rest of the United States in 2018.
Author(s): Elizabeth Wilkinson, David Killeen, Gabriel José Pérez-López, Yalda Jabbarpour
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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AACOM 2018-19 Academic Year Graduating Seniors Summary Report
Results of a survey of 4,983 expected 2019 graduates from 35 colleges of osteopathic medicine and branch campuses. Topics include medical education debt and scholarships, graduate medical education plans, and percentages of students who plan to practice in rural underserved or shortage areas.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
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Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska Legislative Report FY 2018 & 2019
Provides an overview of the demographic and geographic characteristics of the behavioral health workforce in Nebraska. Discusses behavioral health workforce recruitment, education, funding, and retention strategies in the state. Compares the supply of behavioral health providers in Nebraska versus the national average, in addition to rural versus urban areas of Nebraska. Includes maps of provider locations, training locations, and integrated primary care/behavioral health care clinics across the state.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska
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Wisconsin 2019 Health Care Workforce Report
Examines healthcare workforce supply and demand in Wisconsin. Discusses the need for physicians, particularly in rural areas, and highlights medical school and residency programs focused on addressing that need. Includes rural/urban data by profession on hospital vacancy rates and on the aging workforce.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Hospital Association
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Rural Health Care in Minnesota: Data Highlights
A chartbook focused on rural health in Minnesota, with data on demographics, the healthcare system, the healthcare workforce, access and utilization of health services, and spending. Also discusses how Minnesota is responding to healthcare challenges.
Additional links: Chart Summaries, Data Sources
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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