Research Findings

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View one-page summary Recaps of key findings from the Rural Health Research Centers on Workforce:

  • Rural Behavioral Health Workforce
    Date: 08/2023
    As of March 31, 2023, there were 4,040 Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas in rural areas, with 2,141 practitioners needed to remove the designations. This recap examines the behavioral health workforce supply, including the distribution of counselors, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.
  • Rural Nursing Workforce
    Date: 12/2021
    Urban nurses, on average, earn nearly $4,500 more per year than rural nurses. This Recap on the rural nursing workforce explores RN-to-BSN education programs, nurse practitioners as primary care providers, job preparedness and satisfaction, and rural challenges.
  • Rural Obstetric Services: Access, Workforce, and Impact
    Date: 04/2019
    This resource presents current hospital-based obstetric closure rates and characteristics of rural communities without and losing obstetric services, as well as the impact of limited access on maternal and child health.


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Projects on this Topic

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