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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Licensure and certification of health professionals

Physician Assistants: Modernize Laws to Improve Rural Access
National Rural Health Association policy paper describing benefits to rural communities when practice barriers are removed and payments are sufficient to attract physician assistants to the area. Includes recommendations to help achieve this goal.
Author(s): Roger Wells, Megan Cody, Robert Alpino, Melissa Van Dyne, Ross Abbott, et al.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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California's Current and Future Behavioral Health Workforce
Compiles and synthesizes data on California's licensed behavioral health workforce and pipeline of trainees. Features county-level behavioral health-related maps showing ratios of various types of providers to population and geographic distribution of training programs, graphs showing projected supply and demand for various types of providers, and demographic statistics on California's behavioral health workforce.
Author(s): Janet Coffman, Timothy Bates, Igor Geyn, Joanne Spetz
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthforce Center at UCSF
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Barriers and Solutions to the Single Accreditation System: A Survey Study of AOA Family Medicine Residency Program Directors
Results of a survey designed to assess attitudes, confidence, and progress of American Osteopathic Association family medicine residencies during the transition to a Single Accreditation System (SAS). Discusses concerns about the effects of SAS on the primary care workforce in rural settings.
Author(s): Julie Petersen Marcinek, Megan Coffman, Zachary Levin, Winston Liaw, Andrew Bazemore
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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Development and Deployment of Community Health Workers in Delaware
A guide for establishing a Community Health Worker program in the state of Delaware. Includes information about certification requirements and reimbursement mechanisms, along with model programs from other states.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Delaware Center for Health Innovation, Delaware Health and Social Services
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Data Report: 2016 Indiana Pharmacist Licensure Survey
Provides workforce demographic and practice characteristics as well as supply and distribution information, from 4,920 pharmacists licensed in Indiana. Features statistics including county-level data on pharmacist geographic distribution with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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Data Report: 2016 Indiana Mental Health Professionals Licensure Survey
Presents information and data that can be used to promote discussion and inform evidence-based health workforce policy development. Features county-level statistics including population-to-provider ratios and Health Professional Shortage Area designations, with breakdowns by rural and urban locations.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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A Guide for Emerging Professions: Tips for Stakeholders and Advocates of Emerging Professions to Professionalize and Integrate with the Health Care System
Provides background information and constructive knowledge to help stakeholders develop strategies to change policies and structures to integrate the profession into the existing healthcare system.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Utah's Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Workforce, 2017: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of APRNs in Utah
Provides a comprehensive examination of Utah's advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) workforce, including analysis of the fourth Utah Medical Education Council's (UMEC) APRN workforce survey. Covers topics such as certification, demographics, average income, education, distribution, supply and demand, practice setting, and more.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Data Report: 2016 Indiana Physician Assistant Licensure Survey
Provides demographic and practice characteristics of the Indiana physician assistant (PA) workforce as well as supply and distribution information, intended to improve the quality and accessibility to primary care. Features statistics including county-level PA geographic distribution with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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Data Report: 2016 Indiana Oral Health Licensure Survey
Shows characteristics of the Indiana oral health workforce, based on data from dentist and dental hygienist re-licensure surveys. Includes demographic and county-level distribution statistics with breakdowns by rural or urban location.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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