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Resources by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

A Shrinking Primary Care Workforce in Puerto Rico
Discusses Puerto Rico's aging primary care workforce and concerns about the number of healthcare professionals who have left the island following the 2017 hurricane and the relatively low recruitment and retention rate for graduates of Puerto Rico's residency programs. Features statistics showing primary care physician age distribution in Puerto Rico compared with the rest of the United States in 2018.
Author(s): Elizabeth Wilkinson, David Killeen, Gabriel José Pérez-López, Yalda Jabbarpour
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska Legislative Report FY 2018 & 2019
Provides an overview of the demographic and geographic characteristics of the behavioral health workforce in Nebraska. Discusses behavioral health workforce recruitment, education, funding, and retention strategies in the state. Compares the supply of behavioral health providers in Nebraska versus the national average, in addition to rural versus urban areas of Nebraska. Includes maps of provider locations, training locations, and integrated primary care/behavioral health care clinics across the state.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska
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State Incentive Programs that Encourage Allied Health Professionals to Provide Care for Rural and Underserved Populations
Policy brief investigating allied health incentive programs at the state level by examining their goals, policies, practices, and available data on their achievement in recruiting and retaining allied health professionals to rural and underserved areas. Nearly 70 programs were surveyed and documented that provided financial support or training opportunities for 39 different types of allied health professionals and students in return for a service commitment.
Author(s): Malaika R. Schwartz, Davis G. Patterson, Rachelle L. McCarty
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Georgia Graduate Medical Education Exit Survey Report: Based on Responses to the 2019 GME Exit Survey and Off-Cycle Responses to the 2018 GME Exit Survey
Report intended to inform the medical education community and state healthcare workforce planners about the experiences of graduates and the supply and demand for new physicians in the state of Georgia. Features demographic characteristics, compensation and debt levels, retention rates, practice plans, assessments of the job market, and training experiences. Includes statistics on practice area demographics, with breakdowns by inner city, other area in major city, suburban, small city, and rural.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce
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Primary Care Clinician and Clinic Director Experiences of Professional Bias, Harassment, and Discrimination in an Underserved Agricultural Region of California
Results of interviews with 26 San Joaquin Valley clinicians and clinic directors from December 2017 to December 2018, to examine their experiences of isolation and harassment. Includes demographic statistics on participants.
Author(s): Michelle Ko, Armin Dorri
Citation: JAMA Network Open 2(10)
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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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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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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Fostering Resiliency in Your Workplace
Webinar recording and related materials addressing workforce burnout during healthcare transformation with a focus on rural health networks. Addresses causes of burnout, tools for encouraging positive psychology and resiliency, organizational culture, and workflow to help improve retention and productivity.
Additional links: Podcast, Presentation Slides, Webinar Recording
Date: 07/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rosebud Hospital: Indian Health Service Management of Emergency Department Closure and Reopening, A Case Study
Examines management of Indian Health Services (IHS) closure of Rosebud Hospital in South Dakota and its reopening to identify lessons learned. Addresses reasons for hospital closure, the impact of the closure, corrective actions taken following to its reopening, and issues with sustaining improvements and compliance. Supports developing procedures for temporary emergency department closures and investing in rural workforce recruitment, retention, and training, among other recommendations.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Nebraska J1 Visa Waiver Program 2001 - 2018
Describes the J1 Visa Waiver applications that have been sponsored by the state of Nebraska since 2001. Includes data from 2001-2018 regarding provider service obligation fulfillment and retention. Offers a breakdown of J-1 Visa providers by county, specialty, and metro versus nonmetro location.
Author(s): Thomas Rauner, Chanhyun Park
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Public Health
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