NOSORH and the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet) are working together via an advisory committee to identify what State Offices of Rural Health and 3RNet members most want to learn and do to address rural workforce needs. The committee purpose is to increase collaboration to identify workforce strategies, workforce TA needs, and opportunities to improve state, federal and national collaboration to improve the rural health workforce.

Twenty-four volunteers from across the nation responded with interest to join the advisory committee. The committee, led by Keith Clark, NOSORH Workforce Liaison (Nevada Office of Rural Health), will meet quarterly and provide insight on educational needs, strategies, resources and partners and help assess the feasibility to plan a national rural health collaborative summit.

“The level of enthusiasm and the background of people who volunteered for the committee is illustrative that health care workforce is a challenge throughout rural America,” said Clark.

Last month, 3RNet surveyed the members of the committee to establish some priorities for the group to focus their efforts. Early survey results show the highest interest in retention efforts using the Practice Sites platform, telehealth’s intersection with workforce, rural graduate medical education and emerging health professions. These priorities will be further refined and help shape strategies for the future.

Be on the lookout for informational webinars or fact sheets from the committee.

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