TQ Teleconnection- October 2017

Training builds rural health workforce one student at a time

With an average of only 40 primary doctors to take care of 100,000 patients in rural America,* it’s vital to find ways to entice more health care providers to practice rurally. (See Health Professional Shortage Areas graph above.) To fill the gap in care, rural areas must build the proper infrastructure and educational facilities to train medical professionals in the types of unique medical care this community needs. With better infrastructure, research shows that training opportunities can provide the incentive to recruit and retain the health care workforce rural communities so desperately need.

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National Rural Health Association (9/12/17)