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Resources by Topic: Health workforce supply and demand

Beyond the Numbers: Access to Reproductive Health Care for Low-Income Women in Five Communities
Highlights the key findings, major themes, and the extent of the challenges faced by low-income women in accessing reproductive and sexual healthcare in urban and rural areas. Identifies promising practices developed by providers to address barriers to care and improve access to healthcare.
Author(s): Usha Ranji, Michelle Long, Alina Salganicoff, et al.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Health Management Associates, Kaiser Family Foundation
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Growth and Distribution of Child Psychiatrists in the United States: 2007-2016
Results of a study exploring trends in the growth and distribution of child psychiatrists in the United States from 2007-2016, noting differences in access in urban and rural areas. Includes statistics on the numbers of children and child psychiatrists in each state, and a county-level map showing the percent of change during the decade studied.
Author(s): Ryan K. McBain, Aaron Kofner, Bradley D. Stein, et al.
Citation: Pediatrics, 144(6)
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
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Rural Availability of the Obstetrics & Gynecology Physician Workforce
Provides data on the number of OB/GYN physicians, and hospitals with obstetric care by county in Arizona. Includes data on the educational training of OB/GYN physicians in the state, and addresses the effect of OB/GYN workforce shortages on rural women.
Author(s): Koch, B., Coates, S., Brady, B., et al.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Rural Registered Nurses: Educational Preparation, Workplace, and Salary
Examines reported education levels and work sites of rural and urban registered nurses (RNs). Includes United States map showing proportion of RNs with Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from 2011-2015, and statistics on ADN nurses by work setting and salary differential, with breakdowns by rural and urban location.
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Selina Hunt McKinney, Cassie Odahowski
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
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2018 New York Residency Training Outcomes: A Summary of Responses to the 2018 New York Resident Exit Survey
Details the results of the 2018 resident exit survey for New York State. Highlights the number of providers planning to work in rural and urban areas.
Additional links: Key Findings
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Arizona Primary Care Physician Workforce Report
Features data, using Rural Urban Commuting Areas (RUCA) codes, to assess the distribution of the physician workforce in Arizona, and highlights differences in the distribution by training location and physician specialty. To be used as a guide in the development of policies and programs addressing the healthcare needs of all communities within the state.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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New Mexico Health Care Workforce Committee: 2019 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 including in rural areas; provides updates on previous recommendations. Includes a special focus on the nursing workforce and an analysis of primary care physicians and specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and psychiatry. Appendices include gap analyses of New Mexico healthcare professions by county.
Author(s): Amy W. Farnbach Pearson, Jessica Reno
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
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Mayo Clinic Joins the National Effort to Train Tomorrow's Rural Surgeons
Describes challenges facing rural surgery, including workforce shortages, outlines the Mayo Clinic's development of a rural general surgery track, and identifies lessons learned in the first three years of the Mayo Clinic's program. Compares competencies required for rural surgeons and those in urban areas.
Author(s): Randy C. Lehman, Brandon G. Douglass, Stephanie F. Heller, Michael C. Roskos
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 104(10)
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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Use of Apprenticeship to Meet Demand for Medical Assistants in the U.S.
Reports findings from a study of registered medical assistant (MA) apprenticeship programs in 12 states. Discusses the workforce needs these programs may help address, including workforce needs in rural communities. Describes the programs and discusses challenges with starting and maintaining MA apprenticeship programs.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Andrew D. Jopson, Susan M. Skillman, Bianca K. Frogner
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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The Providers
Collection of learning resources related to The Providers, a film which follows 3 healthcare providers employed at a group of safety-net clinics in northern New Mexico. Explores the physician shortage, health disparities, and the opioid epidemic in rural America. Geared toward high school and college students.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: PBS Learning Media
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