The work of the Arizona SORH was recently highlighted by 3RNet for their exceptional collaboration with other state partners using the state 3RNet membership to work on improving access to health care in rural and underserved areas across the state.  The Arizona 3RNet membership is divided among the following organizations:

  • The Arizona Center for Rural Health (Arizona’s State Office of Rural Health),
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services in the Bureau of Health Systems Development (Arizona’s Primary Care Office), and
  • The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (Arizona’s Primary Care Association).

These organizations started what they call their “enhanced collaboration” with 3RNet in 2012.  Joyce Hospodar with the Center for Rural Health said, “We each were focused on meeting the needs of recruiting and retaining health professionals in the rural and underserved areas of our state. We shared a common understanding of those needs in our state, and we believe that working together and sharing the national 3RNet resource works best for all.”

Their efforts have certainly paid off. Hospodar shared that as a result of this partnership, the enhanced collaboration in marketing 3RNet in Arizona and what it has to offer has increased the number of facilities registering from 50 in 2012 to 118 in 2015. Consequently this growth has increased the number of position openings posted on the site. Most importantly, the organizations have collectively succeeded in placing providers in Arizona! The Center for Rural Health does not directly place candidates (meaning they do not individually call candidates and work with them to place them at a facility) but both the Arizona Primary Care Office and the Arizona Primary Care Association have been able to succeed in direct placements, which is a huge benefit to the partners, the state, and 3RNet!

Does your SORH have a “Promising Practice”? We’re interested in the innovative, effective and valuable work that SORHs are doing. Contact Ashley Muniger, Branch editor, at to set up a short email or phone interview in which you can tell your story.