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Resources by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

Recruitment and Retention: Overcoming the Rural EMS Dilemma
Reports on rural emergency medical services (EMS) workforce challenges and identifies innovative approaches to meet these challenges, highlighting programs in several states. Includes a list of 4 EMS recruitment and retention tactics for rural communities.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Recruiting Rural Healthcare Providers Today: A Systematic Review of Training Program Success and Determinants of Geographic Choices
Analyzes the body of evidence assessing healthcare providers' geographic choices for practice and the success of training programs aimed at increasing rural provider recruitment.
Author(s): Ian T. MacQueen, Melinda Maggard-Gibbons, Gina Capra, et al.
Location: Journal of General Internal Medicine, 33(2), 191-199
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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Filling the Gap: USDA, Utility Co-ops Working to Bring Badly Needed Dental Services to Rural Iowans
Features the Fulfilling Iowa's Need for Dentists (FIND) program funded by USDA Rural Development via pass-through loans to several telephone cooperatives to provide dental care to Iowa's rural communities. Details the development of FIND and the ways in which is helps place dentists in underserved areas.
Author(s): Darin Leach
Location: Rural Cooperatives, 85(1), 12-13, 43
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Rapid Evidence Review: What are Effective Approaches for Recruiting and Retaining Rural Primary Care Health Professionals?
Provides an overview of evidence concerning the effectiveness of rural-specific recruitment and retention strategies. Discusses several distinct approaches, overlapping strategies, and targeted efforts that may change based on a health professional's career stage.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AcademyHealth
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Physician Supervision Requirements in Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals
Provides background information on Medicare physician supervision requirements, and examines how enforcement of these requirements impacts access to care, quality of care, and recruitment efforts in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and small rural hospitals. Findings are based on interviews with CMS officials, hospital association representatives, and CAH administrators in several states.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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The Changing Public Health Landscape: Findings from the 2017 Forces of Change Survey
Analyzes survey responses from local health departments (LHDs) to identify infrastructure challenges and opportunities to strengthen public health capacity with a focus on budget cuts and job losses; Zika prevention and response; multi-sectoral partnerships; and workforce recruitment. Includes data and statistics for rural and small LHDs serving populations of less than 50,000 people.
Author(s): Kellie Hall, Nathalie Robin, Kari O’Donnell, Debra Dekker, Johnnetta Davis-Joyce
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Strengthening the Rural Health Workforce: Tools, Resources and Outcomes
Webinar designed to explore rural healthcare workforce challenges and best practices for recruiting and retaining clinicians and allied health professionals. Panelists include representatives from HRSA, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, 3RNet, and HRSA grantees.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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South Carolina's Rural Health Action Plan
Describes South Carolina's plan to improve rural health outcomes, including 5 areas of focus, 15 recommendations, and 50+ action steps, intended to spur progress over the following 3-5 years. Focus areas include access to care, community assets leadership and engagement (CALE), economic development, education, and housing.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Office of Rural Health
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Veterans Health Administration: Better Data and Evaluation Could Help Improve Physician Staffing, Recruitment, and Retention Strategies
Reviews the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) recruitment and retention strategies, specifically for VHA physicians working in the five areas identified as mission-critical: primary care, mental health, gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, and emergency medicine. Presents information on how many VHA physicians provide care, the extent VHA measures physician workload and productivity, and how current recruitment and retention strategies are evaluated. Makes recommendations for improving VHA workforce development and planning based on interviews with VHA officials and a review of VHA documentation.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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The National Health Service Corps
Provides an overview of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program, including the federal scholarship and loan repayment components, and explains how the program affects rural providers.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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