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Resources by Topic: Primary care

Bolstering Primary Care Workforce through Rural Program Development: Evaluation of Readiness and Barriers
Presentation slides describing the Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD), which has created 503 new accredited positions in nearly 4 years. Examines RRPD Program structure, cohorts, common barriers, and training site characteristics, and includes a map showing site locations.
Author(s): Emily M. Hawes, Sheena Johnson, Lauren Tomola, et al.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: RuralGME.org
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North Carolina Primary Care - Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
County-level map of primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas in North Carolina, including population and geographic HPSA score ranges. Indicates counties containing at least one HPSA facility.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Office of Rural Health
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North Carolina Health Professional Shortage Area: 2022 Profile
Fact sheet on Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in North Carolina, covering primary, mental health, and dental HPSAs. Includes county-level maps showing population and geographic HPSA score ranges, and indicates counties that contain at least one HPSA facility.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Office of Rural Health
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Impact of the COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate on the Primary Care Workforce and Differences Between Rural and Urban Settings to Inform Future Policy Decision-Making
Analyzes the impact of COVID-19 vaccination mandates on the primary healthcare workforce in rural and urban settings. Examines 2021 survey data from 38 rural and 42 urban clinics in Oregon about issues such as job losses, vaccination waivers, and newly vaccinated staff. Includes data on clinic characteristics and impacts of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate across rural and urban clinics, as well as qualitative feedback from survey respondents.
Author(s): Brigit A. Hatch, Erin Kenzie, NithyaPriya Ramalingam, et al.
Citation: PLoS One, 18(6)
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
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National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC) Meeting Minutes, June 27–28, 2023
Minutes from the June 27-28, 2023 meeting, including presentations on a family medicine residency program at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico, the Choptank Community Health System community-based program in Maryland, managing patients with complex conditions, empowering clinicians for resiliency and transformative care, reports from Bureau of Health Workforce council meetings, and National Health Service Corps updates.
Additional links: Agenda, Choptank Community Health System Community-Based Program, Shiprock-UNM Family Medicine Residency
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps
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Reversing Population Decline in Rural Pennsylvania
Explores the factors that attract or discourage people from relocating to and staying in rural areas, and how those factors align with existing population shrinkage strategies in rural communities. Discusses the importance of access to healthcare when people make decisions about living in rural or urban areas.
Author(s): Bing Ran, Joseph Hafer
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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A Rural Accountable Care Organization's Journey
Profiles South East Rural Physicians Alliance Accountable Care Organization (SERPA‐ACO), a physician‐led ACO consisting of 16 Nebraska clinics - 13 of which are rural. Describes various value-based payment models SERPA-ACO clinics participated in and activities the clinics use to succeed in these models. Includes recommendations for primary care clinics considering joining an ACO.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Access to Primary Care Physicians Varies Across United States
Map showing county-level data on the number of primary care physicians per 10,000 residents.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Assessing the Effectiveness of Policies to Improve Access to Primary Care for Underserved Populations: Case Study Analysis: Kanawha County, West Virginia
Case study of policy initiatives to increase access to primary care, focusing on Kanawha County, West Virginia. Discusses workforce shortages, healthcare access, structural barriers to primary care, healthcare affordability, and more.
Author(s): Maanasa Kona, Jalisa Clark, Emma Walsh-Alker, Megan Houston
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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Health Care Vacancies and Turnover in Kansas
Provides data and trends of the Kansas healthcare workforce, including information on vacancies and turnover, data on nursing supply, hospital financial trends, projected job openings, and primary care physician Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) by county.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Hospital Association
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