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Resources by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

Arizona's Physician Shortage: Monitoring Rural Physician Retention and Relocation
Brief discussing rural physician shortage issues in Arizona, offering national-level standards for physician age, education, and structural factors impacting retention. Offers recommendations related to physician surveys to monitor shortages and workforce needs in the state.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Recommendations on Strengthening Mental Health Care in Rural Minnesota
Presents policy and practice recommendations from Minnesota's Rural Health Advisory Committee (RHAC) Rural Mental Health Workgroup to improve access to mental healthcare for rural communities. Discusses challenges in accessing mental healthcare services in rural Minnesota.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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The Role of Rural Graduate Medical Education in Improving Rural Health and Health Care
Commentary describing ways in which family medicine graduate medical education will save lives while contributing to the economic basis of local healthcare, keeping patients and economic investment close to home. Examines effects of place-based training on recruitment and retention, resiliency, and increased satisfaction in rural practice.
Author(s): David Schmitz
Citation: Family Medicine, Online First
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
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National Health Service Corps: Program Directs Funding to Areas with Greatest Provider Shortages
Provides an overview of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) programs. Examines data for fiscal year 2020 on the number of NHSC providers and where they served, the number and characteristics of applicants that did not receive funding, the number of NHSC sites with vacancies, and information about the effectiveness of NHSC programs at alleviating provider shortages.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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3RNet Annual Report 2019-2020
Includes information on accomplishments from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. Features statistics on referrals, placements, job postings, and technical assistance.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: 3RNET
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A Dire Shortage and Getting Worse: Solving the Crisis in the Health Care Workforce
Video of a May 20, 2021 U.S. Senate hearing with testimony from representatives of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Medical Association, Albany (Georgia) Area Primary Health Care, and the University of New England. Examines lack of access to high-quality care in rural and underserved areas, and the importance of training students likely to practice in rural areas.
Additional links: David J. Skorton Statement, James D. Herbert Statement, Leon McDougle Statement, Shelley Spires Statement
Author(s): David J. Skorton, Leon McDougle, Shelley Spires, James D. Herbert
Date: 05/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Iowa Nursing Demand Survey Report
Summarizes the results of a survey conducted between February and September 2020 on the demand of licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, ad advanced registered nurse practitioners in Iowa. Discusses anticipated changes to demand and potential shortages, as well as barriers to recruitment and retention. Presents data by employer type, urban or rural location, and size.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Iowa Board of Nursing, Iowa Center for Nursing Workforce
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The Clinical Laboratory Workforce: Understanding the Challenges to Meeting Current and Future Needs
Explores workforce needs of the U.S. laboratory medicine field, including recruitment and retention, expanding the visibility of clinical laboratory careers, and promoting diversity and inclusion. Summarizes a literature review and data analysis based on interviews with informants in clinical laboratory education and professional programs. Discusses rural-specific barriers to recruitment and retention.
Author(s): Edna C. Garcia, Grace A. Guenther, Susan M. Skillman, Bianca K. Frogner
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: American Society for Clinical Pathology, Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Health Workforce Strategies for California: A Review of the Evidence
Examines literature and evidence on healthcare workforce strategies, discussing workforce issues in urban and rural areas in California. Describes the impacts of pipeline, scholarship, loan repayment, professional training, and residency programs, including rural-specific considerations.
Author(s): Diane Rittenhouse, Alexandra Ament, Janet Genevro, Kara Contreary
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: California Health Care Foundation, Mathematica
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States Work to Support Rural Hospitals Despite Pandemic Challenges
Blog post highlighting state-level policies to address and prevent rural hospital closures. Discusses proposals in state legislatures regarding alternative payment methodologies and funding, service delivery models, and the recruitment and retention of a rural healthcare workforce.
Author(s): Beth Giambrone
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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