Spring 2012

Rural Workforce: Active and HIT Recruitment

Introduction

Sean BoynesActive Recruitment Pays Off for Small Town Clinics
by Candi Helseth
For many rural clinic directors, active recruitment is a second job, but the reward is finding health professionals who want to work and stay in small towns.

HIT Workforce a Growing Concern for Critical Access Hospitals
by Candi Helseth
Health reform is driving up demand for technology professionals and requiring technological upgrades that can cost millions. Rural networks and training programs are working to meet the demand.

Sidebar: HITECH Programs Help CAHs Fund IT Conversion
by Candi Helseth
The federal government offers funding and other support for electronic health record implementation through several programs including Regional Extension Centers.

Challenges for Human Services

by Kathleen Belanger
The Intimacy of Place: Lessons for Philanthropy
Rural areas generally receive fewer charitable donations than urban, but the TLL Temple Foundation in Texas proves that rural giving is easier and more efficient when it is housed there.

Look What’s Coming

by Wayne Myers, M.D.
Managing Your Medical School
As we move to patient-centered care, we need to pay more attention to the percentages of medical school graduates practicing what is needed and where they are needed.

Around the Country

Theresa Leverby Candi Helseth
Local Programs Help Patients Navigate Medical Care
A look at patient navigator programs in four states: a statewide program in Georgia; a program in Kentucky for cervical cancer patients; a promotores program in Texas for chronic conditions; and a coordinated care program for cancer patients in Vermont.

Rural Spotlight

Ira Moscoviceby Beth Blevins
An Interview with Ira Moscovice, Ph.D.
Moscovice, the director of the Univ. of Minn. Rural Health Research Center, discusses changes that health reform will bring to rural providers, including new payment structures and quality measures.