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Resources by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

2018 Update on Priority Strategies: North Carolina Rural Health Action Plan
Details the progress North Carolina has made in 6 priority areas outlined in the 2014 Rural Health Action Plan. These include investment in local industries, ensuring that childhood settings promote educational success, encouraging healthy eating and active living, screening for and treating substance abuse and mental health issues, educating people about insurance and safety net options, and creating incentives to support recruitment and retention of providers to underserved areas.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Institute of Medicine
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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
Reports on the Indian Health Service's (IHS) progress in filling provider 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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Analyzing the Impact of Incentive Programs on Retention of Family Practice Providers in Rural Nebraska
Highlights county-level information describing shortage areas and Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) codes for the state of Nebraska. Provides statistics and data analysis describing the economic impact of incentive programs retaining family practice providers in rural Nebraska.
Author(s): Andrew J. Pedley
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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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. Offers 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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