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Telehealth Models to Improve Workforce Development

The rural healthcare workforce is composed of professionals and paraprofessionals who deliver healthcare services to people living in rural areas. These include physicians; advanced practice clinicians, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners; registered nurses; nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides; and medical assistants, among other personnel. Barriers, including shortages of healthcare professionals, transportation challenges, and financial constraints, can prevent rural communities from developing and retaining a skilled workforce. Many programs have developed evidence-based and promising models to improve workforce development in rural communities.

This toolkit describes two telehealth models for improving workforce development: