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Resources by Topic: Health workforce supply and demand

Cultivating Country Doctors: Preparing Learners for Rural Life and Community Leadership
Explores how selected medical school and residency programs develop students' competencies related to rural life, community engagement, and community leadership.
Author(s): Sarah B. Thach, Bryan Hodge, Misty Cox, Anna Beth Parlier-Ahmad, Shelley L. Galvin
Citation: Family Medicine, 50(9), 685-690
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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Supporting Family Physician Maternity Care Providers
Summarizes strategies, provides suggestions, and examines the role family physicians play in providing maternity care to the underserved. Also presents ideas for training and retaining family physician maternity care providers in rural areas.
Author(s): Jessica Taylor Goldstein, Scott G. Hartman, Matthew R. Meunier, et al.
Citation: Family Medicine, 50(9), 662-671
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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New Mexico Health Care Workforce Committee: 2018 Annual Report
Provides detailed data at the county level, comparing New Mexico's healthcare workforce to national benchmarks. Discusses rural and frontier area shortages, health workforce migration trends, and potential solutions for solving the state's workforce issues; provides updates on previous recommendations. Appendices include gap analyses of New Mexico healthcare professions by county.
Author(s): Amy W. Farnbach Pearson, Jessica Reno
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Health Care Workforce Committee
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Health Care in Rural America: Examining Experiences and Costs
Provides a recording of a Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security meeting addressing rural healthcare challenges. Discusses healthcare access, workforce shortages, costs, reimbursement, care delivery issues, and potential solutions, such as telehealth.
Additional links: Alan Levine Testimony, Deborah Richter Testimony, Morgan Reed Testimony, Tom Glause Testimony
Date: 09/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Nurse Practitioners: A Solution to America's Primary Care Crisis
Examines trends in supply and demand of nurse practitioners (NPs), including projected supply of physicians and NPs in rural areas. Includes a table listing state-level scope-of-practice regulatory restrictions on NPs as of 2018.
Author(s): Peter Buerhaus
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Enterprise Institute
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One Year after the Storms: Recovery and Health Care in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Issue brief describing status of the recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, following the September 2017 hurricanes. Draws on public reports and interviews conducted in July and September 2018 and earlier work focusing on the territories' status 6 months after the storms.
Author(s): Cornelia Hall, Robin Rudowitz, Samantha Artiga, Barbara Lyons
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Addressing the Nation’s Primary Care Shortage: Advanced Practice Clinicians and Innovative Care Delivery Models
Highlights gaps in primary care access and ways to address primary care shortages through advanced practice clinicians and care delivery models. Provides some data on nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, and nurse practitioner scope of practice laws.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UnitedHealth Group
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Virginia's Licensed Clinical Social Worker Workforce: 2018
An overview of the licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2018 Licensed Clinical Social Worker Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of LCSWs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Closing the Gap on Dental HPSAs: Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Assessment
Discusses findings and offers recommendations from an oral health workforce needs assessment in Louisiana. Highlights the state oral health status of children and adults, access to care, and fluoridation. Reports on surveys and interviews addressing workforce demographics, practice information, perception of oral health access, and Medicaid policies. Appendices include additional data on state Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Health
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Primary Care Physicians: Missouri Workforce Update
Provides an overview of the primary care physician workforce in Missouri. Includes rural and urban statistics on population characteristics, total number of primary care physicians, and the age of primary care physicians in Missouri. Discusses legislative efforts to increase access to healthcare and other programs to recruit and retain primary care physicians in rural and underserved areas of Missouri.
Author(s): Mary Becker
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Missouri Hospital Association
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