Spring 2011

Rural Workforce: Training Rural Providers

Doctors Follow Rural Training Tracks to Small Town Practices
by Candi Helseth
MASH (Medical Academy of Science and Health) CampDespite their success in developing rural doctors, many RTT residency programs struggle to survive; a new demonstration program aims to help.

Area Health Education Centers Doing AHEC of a Job: Inspiring, Training, Housing Medical Professionals in Underserved Areas
by Candi Helseth
Three AHECs—in New York, Hawaii and Georgia—are among those across the nation that work to recruit, train and retain medical professionals.

Challenges for Human Services

by Kathy Miller
New Data for Understanding Rural America: The American Community Survey
The ACS is a potential information goldmine, but its five-year data averaging for rural areas presents challenges and limitations.

Look What’s Coming

by Wayne Myers, M.D.
Ending Dentistry by Grandpa
Argues that licensing dental therapists may be the only way to get dental care to Medicaid patients and other underserved populations.

Around the Country

by Candi Helseth
The Struggle to Provide HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in Rural Areas
As AIDS cases continue to rise in the rural United States, organizations reach out to patients and those at-risk.

Rural Spotlight

Charles Alferoby Beth Blevins
An Interview with Charles Alfero
The CEO of Hidalgo Medical Services and director of the National Center for Frontier Communities discusses life and work in the New Mexico frontier.