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Recruitment and Retention for Rural Health Facilities – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Recruitment and Retention for Rural Health Facilities.

National Health Service Corps 50th Anniversary: Q&A with Dr. Luis Padilla
An interview with Dr. Luis Padilla, Associate Administrator for HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce and Director of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Discusses the NHSC's 50th anniversary, as well as the many NHSC initiatives that bring healthcare professionals to underserved communities.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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3RNET Annual Report 2020-2021
Includes information on accomplishments from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. Features statistics on referrals, placements, job postings, and technical assistance.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: 3RNET
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Medical Education Interventions Influencing Physician Distribution into Underserved Communities: A Scoping Review
Review of 130 articles, categorized by preferential admissions criteria, undergraduate or postgraduate training in rural or underserved areas, financial incentives, and initiatives composed of various combinations of these interventions. Intended to help map current evidence on educational interventions designed to influence physicians' decisions to practice in rural and underserved areas.
Author(s): Asiana Elma, Muhammadhasan Nasser, Laurie Yang, et al.
Citation: Human Resources for Health, 20(31)
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
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COVID-19 and the Rural Health Workforce: The Impact of Federal Pandemic Funding to Address Workforce Needs
Policy brief describing workforce challenges faced by rural healthcare delivery systems during the COVID-19 pandemic, and discussing how pre-pandemic financial instability in rural healthcare facilities may have contributed to these challenges. Discusses the availability of federal pandemic funding to address rural health workforce needs, the ability of rural facilities to access and utilize the funding, and the long-term needs of the rural health workforce and delivery system. Addresses telehealth solutions to workforce challenges, and funding sources for mental health needs of health professionals
Author(s): Natalia V. Oster, Davis G. Patterson, Susan M. Skillman, Bianca K. Frogner
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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National Health Service Corps Site Reference Guide
Provides clarification for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites regarding eligibility requirements, qualification factors, compliance, roles and responsibilities, and other factors for becoming an NHSC approved site. Acts as a supplemental resource to the information provided in the online NHSC Site Application.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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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, as well as the provision of funding to expand the number of scholarship and loan repayment awards through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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It Takes a Village: Rural Recruitment and Retention
Provides an overview of the challenges of recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals in rural areas. Features healthcare facilities in North Dakota and Kansas, describing how they work with their communities to attract healthcare providers.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Workforce Strategic Plan
Provides a framework for health workforce improvements and addresses long-standing barriers to strengthening the health workforce. Focuses on recruiting and training health professionals from underserved communities to build a diverse, representative health workforce; ensuring equitable distribution of the workforce across geographic areas and health professions; strengthening the ability of the workforce to deliver high-quality care, including through strengthening cultural and linguistic competency of professionals; and using evidence and data to make better decisions about health workforce education and training investments. Mentions rural throughout.
Additional links: Comments from Federal National Advisory Committees
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Lessons Learned from the Cohort Analysis of Rural Health Programs: Workforce Recruitment and Retention
Describes successful approaches to recruiting and retaining staff for community health projects implemented by Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grantees. Discusses the role of network partners, challenges and barriers, and factors that support successful recruitment and retention.
Additional links: Webinar Overview
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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A Dire Shortage and Getting Worse: Solving the Crisis in the Health Care Workforce
Video of a May 20, 2021 U.S. Senate hearing with testimony from representatives of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Medical Association, Albany (Georgia) Area Primary Health Care, and the University of New England. Examines lack of access to high-quality care in rural and underserved areas, and the importance of training students likely to practice in rural areas.
Additional links: David J. Skorton Statement, James D. Herbert Statement, Leon McDougle Statement, Shelley Spires Statement
Author(s): David J. Skorton, Leon McDougle, Shelley Spires, James D. Herbert
Date: 05/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Last Updated: 6/29/2022