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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.

Join us on Monday, March 18th, 2019 where we’ll discuss the education and training of the rural health workforce, including how rural training is different, factors that determine how likely a student is to practice in a rural area, and strategies to improve your rural community’s rural health workforce. We’ll be using the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to tweet with experts from around the country working to ensure a robust, well-educated rural workforce. Everyone is welcome to follow along and jump in with comments, questions, and any information on education and training for the rural health workforce that they would like to share.


  • 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.