Recruitment & Retention

What makes rural settings unique and different?

Depending on who you're talking to, it can be difficult to define exactly what we mean when we use the word "rural". When thinking of a "rural" setting, we may picture farms, ranches, villages, small towns, and open spaces. However, when it comes to establishing a definitive difference between rural and urban places, researchers and policymakers are at the mercy of a dizzying array of definitions from various entities. This usually leads to unnecessary confusion and unwanted mismatches in program eligibility.

Rural health professionals share their insights

Providers truly know their patients & vise-versa. This helps foster a relationship with trust (both ways). Often times, providers have followed and/or treated their patients from birth to old age.

— Training Attendee (Florence, SC)

The fact that there are so many different definitions shows the reality that rural and urban are multidimensional concepts. In simple terms: it's not easy to make clear-cut distinctions between the two. Is population density the defining concern, or is it geographic isolation? Is it small population size that makes it necessary to distinguish rural from urban? If so, how small is rural? Because so many people in the U.S. live in areas that are not clearly rural or urban, seemingly small changes in the way rural areas are defined can have large impacts on who and what are considered rural. As many agencies, researchers, and policymakers have discovered, the key is to use a rural-urban definition that best fits the needs of a specific activity, initiative, or effort. 

Check out the resources below for more information on the meaning of "rural"!

The imperative for strategic workforce planning and development: Challenges & opportunities

The American Hospital Association's (AHA) 2016 Committee on Performance Improvement (CPI) engaged hospital leaders and experts in the field to identify key workforce challenges.These are challenges that already exist today and are expected to be further exacerbated as transformation continues and pressures mount with the various dynamics of a changing payment and delivery system. 

Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: 2016 Update

This document has helped to frame the national dialogue on the need for interprofessional education and practice as a catalyst for improving team-based patient care and enhancing population health outcomes. 

Stress in America: Paying with our health

This 2015 survey, published by the American Psychological Association (APA), measures attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public and identifies leading sources of stress, common behaviors used to manage stress and the impact of stress on our lives. Click the link below to read the report.

Through the eyes of the workforce:

Creating joy, meaning, and safer health care

This 2013 report, published by Lucian Leape Institute, looks at the current state of health care as a workplace, highlights vulnerabilities common in health care organizations, discusses the costs of inaction, and outlines what a healthy and safe workplace would look like. Click the link below to read the report.