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Rural Healthcare Workforce Organizations

Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL)
Created by Congress to review the goals of the Health Resources and Services Administration programs that support interdisciplinary, community-based training. Provides recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services related to Area Health Education Centers, Geriatrics, Allied Health, Chiropractic, Podiatric Medicine, Social Work, Graduate Psychology, and Rural Health.
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American College of Surgeons (ACS)
A scientific and educational association of surgeons who work to set high standards for surgical education and practice. Sponsors the Rural Trauma Team Development Course and the ACS NSQIP Small & Rural Hospital Program. Maintains a listing of rural surgery training programs throughout the United States. Oversees the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery. Maintains the National Trauma Data Bank which contains the largest aggregation of trauma registry data in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Includes surgery workforce maps which show shortages of surgeons and physicians throughout the U.S.
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Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
Research organization focused on healthcare workforce and centered on informing health policy, improving health care delivery, and promoting population health. Part of the Indiana University School of Medicine.
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Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Works to address workforce shortage issues; manages federal shortage designations; administers grant programs related to the healthcare workforce; and administers scholarship and loan repayment programs designed for healthcare professionals. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS)
A research organization dedicated to the collection, analysis, and distribution of health workforce data.
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Center for the Health Professions
Works to help health care professionals, schools, organizations, and policymakers respond to the challenges of educating and managing the health care workforce. Part of the University of California, San Francisco.
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Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME)
Provides an ongoing assessment of physician workforce trends, training issues and financing policies. Advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
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National AHEC Organization (NAO)
Works to enhance access to primary and preventive care, especially in underserved communities, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through educational partnerships.
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National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)
Represents the interests of the nation's Workforce Investment Boards that provide workforce development leadership in their communities. Governs and oversees the federal resources that support the operations of the national network of One-Stop Career Centers and federal training investments.
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National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
A national resource for health workforce data. Provides policymakers with information and data to help them make decisions regarding health workforce education, training, and delivery of care. Analyzes the supply, demand, distribution, and education of the nation’s health workforce to support health workforce planning.
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National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP)
Provides rural interdisciplinary preceptorships and a rural training program for primary care physicians. Conducts research on healthcare workforce issues and is a Center for Excellence in Rural Health. Located at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford.
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National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers
Provides a network for collaboration and communication among statewide nursing workforce organizations. Includes nursing datasets on nursing supply, demand, and education. Oversees all nursing workforce centers throughout the United States.
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National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
Works to improve the health of underserved populations by recruiting and retaining health professionals to deliver healthcare in rural and underserved communities. Administers scholarship and loan repayment programs. Provides technical assistance to federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) on projects that enhance the NHSC's site development mission. Part of the Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration.
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National Rural Health Resource Center (NRHRC)
Provides technical assistance and information resources on performance Improvement, health Information technology, recruitment & retention, community health assessments, networking, strategic planning and leadership training. Rural Health Innovations (RHI), a subsidiary of the National Rural Health Resource Center, provides programs, activities, and resources that benefit the emerging market of healthcare in rural communities.
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National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network (3RNet)
Works to help physicians and other health care professionals find practice opportunities in rural areas throughout the country. Also allows employers from rural and underserved communities to post healthcare job opportunities. Includes state information and a list of state contacts.
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Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC)
Based at the New York Center for Health Workforce Studies, this research center is one of five health workforce research centers in the United States, focused solely on oral health. Conducts current research projects. Publishes oral health workforce reports and data.
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Regional Center for Health Workforce Studies at CHEP
Research facility which focuses on the regions comprising the United States/Mexico border. One of six regional workforce centers that were affiliated with the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis through a Health Resources and Services Administration program that ended in 2006. Provides numerous maps and tables on a variety of health workforce topics.
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STAR² Center
A clinician workforce center that assists community health centers in rural and underserved areas with recruitment and retention by providing free resources, training, and technical assistance.
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UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
Conducts relevant health workforce research and policy analysis in collaboration with federal and state agencies as well as develops and refines analytical methods for measuring state health workforce supply and requirements.
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WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (WWAMI RHRC)
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on training and supply of rural healthcare providers, availability and quality of care for rural women and children, and access to high-quality care for vulnerable and minority rural populations. Based in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
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Last Reviewed: 2/1/2017