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

3RNet Annual Report 2018-2019
Includes information on accomplishments from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. Features statistics on referrals, placements, job postings, and technical assistance.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network
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Confronting Rural America's Health Care Crisis
Offers policy recommendations to stabilize the rural healthcare infrastructure and ensuring local access to care. Discusses strategies to provide financial relief to rural providers, preserve obstetric services, expand telehealth services, and address workforce shortages. Includes brief references to policy actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional links: Summary, Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Exposes Threat to America's Broken Rural Health Care System, Webinar Recording: COVID-19 and Rural Hospital Struggles
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center Rural Health Task Force
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Implications of an Aging Primary Care Physician Workforce in Kansas
Discusses issues related to an aging population and primary care physician (PCP) workforce as well as strategies to reduce physician workforce shortages, including increasing the number of statewide training opportunities and implementing recruitment and retainment strategies. Provides data on the age and geographic distribution of PCPs in Kansas.
Author(s): Hina Shah, Sydney McClendon, Madison Hoover
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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The Behavioral Health Workforce in Rural America: Developing a National Recruitment Strategy
Describes successful strategies to recruit and retain behavioral health workers in rural areas, based on phone interviews with state-level experts in rural health and behavioral health. Explores financial incentives, education and training programs, telehealth, licensure or scope of practice changes, innovative state approaches, and policy considerations.
Author(s): Nancy Baum, Jaque King
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health and Research Transformation
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Support for Rural Practice: Female Physicians and the Life-Career Interface
Reports on the results of a survey of 20 female physicians from the same rural focused family medicine residency, over a 3-month period, to identify emerging themes regarding their experience practicing in rural areas of northwestern United States.
Author(s): Kimberly Stutzman, Ruth Ray Karpen, Pragna Naidoo, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 20(1), 5341
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
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Burnout: Measurement Tool(s), Cause(s) and Impact(s)
Reports on what is known about burnout among rural healthcare providers, highlighting several research studies. Discusses the impact of burnout on turnover, productivity, healthcare quality, and safety.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Physician Burnout: Definition(s), Cause(s), Impact(s), Solution(s)
Provides an overview of the causes and impact of physician burnout. Highlights interventions and solutions targeted to rural physicians. Features a medical school wellness-advocate in North Dakota, a Michigan researcher examining work-life balance among women physicians in rural family medicine, and South Dakota's Avera LIGHT program addressing physician wellness in a rural region.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Can Public Policy Save Rural Health Care?
Describes challenges faced by rural healthcare facilities, including inadequate reimbursement and problems in recruiting and retaining qualified primary care providers. Explores ways in which policy changes can help create a better healthcare system for all.
Author(s): Rachel C. Tanner
Citation: Health Progress, 101(2), 13-18
Date: 2020
Type: Document
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The VA MISSION Act of 2018: A Potential Game Changer for Rural GME Expansion and Veteran Health Care
Describes features of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018, including expansion of graduate medical education (GME) to rural areas, modernization of facilities, and financial aid for providers willing to accept VA assignments in shortage areas. Explores ways in which the MISSION Act can promote more effective and efficient care programs for veterans in rural and underserved areas.
Author(s): Anthony P. Albanese, Edward T. Bope, Karen M. Sanders, Marjorie Bowman
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health, 36(1), 133-136
Date: 2020
Type: Document
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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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