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Resources by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

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
Examines 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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Rural Post-Acute Care: Healthcare Leaders Offer Practical Solutions to Workforce Challenges
Describes methods for preparing and supporting healthcare workers who provide post-acute care in rural areas. Highlights programs that empower and train staff, maximize community partnerships, involve community health workers, and use telemonitoring.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Emergency Medical and Fire Services Volunteering: Tom Smith
A video describing the benefits of working as an emergency paramedic in a rural location. Includes a testimonial from a paramedic provider working in rural Washington. Length: 4:55
Date: 04/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Department of Health
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Rural Mental Health Professionals' Perspectives on Workforce Issues
Poster detailing a study on mental health workforce shortages in rural Indiana. Bases results on questionnaire responses from practicing mental health professionals on workforce issues in their county.
Author(s): Megan Smith, Cathy Whaley, Jagdish Khubchandani
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Shortage of Rural Surgeons: How Bad Is It?
Features information on supply and demand in the rural surgery workforce, including reasons for current and expected shortages or maldistribution of surgeons. Explains the difficulties in interpreting available data, and offers ideas for accurately assessing surgical needs in rural areas.
Author(s): Mark W. Puls
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 103(4), 52-55
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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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 recruitment and retention. Highlights changes in FY2018 focusing on opioid and substance use disorder treatment providers.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Promising Practice: Minnesota Program Aims to Help Immigrant Physicians Practice in the State
Describes the collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC), and the IMG Assistance Program – a nonprofit organization, and their partnership with the University of Minnesota to prepare and integrate international medical graduates (IMGs) into the physician workforce to address provider shortages in the state.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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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
Citation: 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.
Citation: Journal of General Internal Medicine, 33(2), 191-199
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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