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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Expansion Program: Evaluation Report
Reports on Louisiana's efforts to expand oral health access to people in Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the state as part of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded grant. Details their efforts so far, challenges faced, and outcomes. Their efforts focused on an oral health needs assessment, a Dental Rural Scholars Track Program modeled after similar medical school programs, and an oral health recruitment and placement program. Appendices include examples of application forms, surveys, and assessment tools used to evaluate the programs, along with a map of state dental HPSAs.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural 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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Indian Health Service: Agency Faces Ongoing Challenges Filling Provider Vacancies
Presents a study on the Indian Health Service's (IHS) progress in filling vacancies. Discusses the strategies used to attract providers and highlights their strengths and shortcomings. Compares vacancy rates by IHS area.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Helping Rural Nebraska Grow — and Keep — Its Own Doctors
Discusses the efforts of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska to train and retain University of Nebraska at Kearney Health Sciences students by offering scholarships to students who stay and practice in rural Nebraska communities.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Community Recruiters
Article describing the process a rural North Dakota community used to recruit two family physicians, through the efforts of community members and representatives of the local Critical Access Hospital.
Author(s): Stacy Kusler
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Strategies for Expanding Primary Care Capacity in California
Addresses the need to improve the diversity, geographic distribution, and supply of primary care providers in California. Focuses on the education pipeline, recruitment and retention, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and using data to inform workforce strategies.
Author(s): Janet Coffman, Kris Himmerick
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthforce Center at UCSF
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Nebraska J1 Visa Waiver Program 2001 - 2017
Presents a report on the J-1 Visa Waiver Program in Nebraska. Includes data from 2001-2017 regarding provider service obligation fulfillment and retention. Gives a breakdown of J-1 Visa providers by county, specialty, and metro versus nonmetro location.
Author(s): Thomas Rauner, Andy Pedley, and Ryan Ossell
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Public Health
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Veterans Health Administration: Steps Taken to Improve Physician Staffing, Recruitment, and Retention, but Challenges Remain
Highlights a report on the effectiveness of improvements made by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in the areas of staffing, recruitment, and retention. Discusses the successes and shortcomings of the VHA's interventions.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Oregon Washington Health Network and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center “Tackle Everything” to Improve the Health of Local Community Members
Provides an overview of the collaboration between the Oregon Washington Health Network and the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. Discusses programs that include peer counselors to address behavioral health, community education related to heart disease and cancer prevention, and working with local healthcare facilities and medical schools to improve recruitment and retention.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Behavioral Health Integration and Workforce Development
Issue brief examining the need for states to assess behavioral health integration (BHI) workforce needs, identify legal and policy barriers to practice, and effectively train and retain BHI practitioners, especially in underserved areas. Includes case studies of programs in Washington, Nebraska, and Michigan, and lists of resources.
Author(s): Rachel Block
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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