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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
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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Workforce Outcomes of North Carolina Medical School Graduates: A Report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee
Describes the identity, location, and number of positions for medical school in North Carolina, identifies the numbers of graduates of medical education in various specialty areas, and tracks outcomes of graduates in primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry 5 years after completing training. Features statistics including percent of graduates in training or practice in rural areas 2008-2011, with breakdowns by four North Carolina medical schools.
Author(s): Julie C. Spero, Erin P. Fraher
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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The Workforce Outcomes of Physicians Completing Residency Programs in North Carolina
Describes the identity, location, and number of graduate medical education (GME) training programs in North Carolina, identifies the numbers of GME program graduates in various medical specialty areas, and tracks outcomes of graduates 5 years after completing training. Includes statistics with breakdowns by urban or rural areas of North Carolina.
Author(s): Erin P. Fraher, Julie C. Spero, Evan Galloway, Jim Terry
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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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 and electric cooperatives to provide dental care to Iowa's rural communities. Details the development of FIND and the ways in which it helps place dentists in underserved areas.
Author(s): Darin Leach
Citation: Rural Cooperatives, 85(1), 12-13, 43
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health External Quality Review: FY16-17 Statewide Report
Reports on an external review of all 56 county Mental Health Plans (MHPs) that are contracted to provide specialty mental health services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries, including breakdowns for rural areas. Discusses challenges meeting demand and recruiting and retaining healthcare providers. Highlights coordination of mental health and substance abuse treatment, use of telemedicine for remote areas, cross-training with child welfare staff, and co-location of services in facilities such as Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Department of Health Care Services
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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 staffing needs 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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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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