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Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce.

Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program: Academic Years 2020-2021
Describes activities of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program (THCGMEP), in its efforts to bolster the primary care workforce through support for new and expanded primary care and dental residency programs, as well as improve distribution of the workforce through emphasis on underserved communities and populations. Features statistics on select program characteristics with breakdowns including total disadvantaged or rural residents and clinical training sites with breakdowns including rural location.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
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Regional Public Health Training Centers Program: Academic Years 2015-2020
Describes activities of the Regional Public Health Training Centers Program (PHTC) as it seeks to expand and enhance the quality of the public health workforce and improve the public health workforce's ability to meet national, state, and local healthcare needs. Features statistics including percentages of PHTC sites in rural areas, graduates who trained in rural areas, and those who intended to work in rural areas.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
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Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Program: Academic Years 2015-2020
Describes activities of the Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene (PD) program as it enhances dental workforce education and training to prepare predoctoral dental students, dental hygiene students, and dental hygienists to meet the needs of vulnerable, underserved, or rural communities. Features statistics including PD training site settings and characteristics, with breakdowns by percentage in rural locations.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
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Dental Residencies in Graduate Medical Education Programs: Academic Years 2015-2020
Describes activities of the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program (CHGME) and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program (THCGME), in providing federal funds to maintain and expand graduate medical education, including dental residencies in medically underserved areas. Features statistics including CHGME and THCGME program characteristics with breakdowns by percentage of awardees with disadvantaged or rural backgrounds.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
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Health Careers Opportunity Program: Academic Years 2015-2020
Describes activities of the Health Resources & Services Administration's Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), in providing grants to educational institutions to create health professions pipeline programs for people from economically and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Features U.S. maps showing locations of 2015-2020 HCOP awardees and HCOP training sites by primary care setting and underserved/rural status, and statistics on HCOP participants, including percentage with rural backgrounds.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
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Sexual Violence Training for Community Health Workers/Promotoras
An online course for community health workers (CHWs) that provides an introduction to basic knowledge and skills useful in assisting and responding to victims of sexual violence. Offers continuing education contact hours towards a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) accreditation.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Rural Women's Health Network
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Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium Online Training
Offers no-cost online disaster preparedness training for rural first responders. All courses are certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and some courses may require prerequisites.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
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Accredited Rural Residency Programs
Map showing locations of accredited rural residency programs in internal medicine, general surgery, psychiatry, and family medicine. Includes locations of Integrated Rural Training Track (IRTT) and IRTT-like programs, both of which require more than 50% of the training to take place in rural areas.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: RTT Collaborative
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COVID-19: Training for Healthcare Professionals
Recorded webinars, online courses, and other training for healthcare professionals related to COVID-19. Addresses vaccination, clinical care, infection control, personal protective equipment (PPE), nonpharmaceutical interventions, and emergency preparedness and response.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Health Professions Training Programs
Displays health professions education and training programs data from academic year 2012-2013 to present, with breakdowns by program. Provides an in-depth look at the distribution of providers and participant demographics by state. Allows users to search for statistics on providers with rural backgrounds and key training settings in medically underserved communities and rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Last Updated: 6/10/2022