#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
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
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.