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#RuralHealthChat: Rural Health Workforce Education and Training

Date: Monday, March 18, 2019
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Maintaining healthy rural communities depends on a robust rural health workforce. However, provider shortages are more common and oftentimes more severe in rural areas. Rural communities need physicians, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare professionals that are well-educated, well-trained, and have had experiences that expose them to and prepare them for rural practice.


  • Steve Hirsch, Program Analyst, Policy Research Division, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
  • Tracey Smith, Public Health Analyst, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce
  • Davis Patterson, PhD, Director, Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP)
    Deputy Director, WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH, Director, Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care

We used the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to tweet with expert co-hosts and special guests about healthcare access in rural areas. If you’d like to see our conversation or access the many resources shared, they are all available below, via Listly.