Rural health care organizations rely on innovation and collaboration in their communities to recruit and retain health professionals and staff. The resources below cover recruitment and retention, health care workforce solution models, and employee engagement.

Recruitment and Retention

A nonprofit organization made up of state organizations helping health professionals find practice opportunities in rural areas throughout the country.

The Physician Needs Indicator Worksheet helps to determine the number of physicians needed in your community.

This topic guide covers common recruitment and retention issues for health care organizations, including strategies and incentives to help communities attract providers, organizations and programs that support physician recruitment and retention, statistics on vacancies in rural areas and information on incentives that rural facilities might offer to potential employees.

Healthcare Workforce

Maintaining the health care workforce is fundamental to providing health care quality and access in rural areas. This topic guide examines policy, economics, planning challenges and issues related to rural health workforce.

This Health Workforce Strategic Plan provides a forward-looking framework for health workforce improvements, focused on four key goals: expanding supply, ensuring equitable distribution, improving quality, and enhancing the use of data and evidence to improve program outcomes.

The purpose of this report is to describe the status of the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) ongoing projection improvements specifically with respect to deriving estimates of workforce supply and demand by rural, suburban, and urban geographies.

View a free, customizable, interactive tool that illustrates the geographic distribution of the health care workforce.

View data on the number of graduates in various health professions, total number of providers, and number per capita.

This report, developed under the guidance of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees’ Task Force on Workforce helps hospitals navigate workforce challenges and opportunities, as well as highlight strategies and resources to assist on these pivotal efforts. A collection of tools including webinars, podcasts, case studies. Key resource includes strategies for supporting the team, data and technology, and building the team including creative staffing models and diversity and inclusion

Employee Satisfaction and Engagement

 This guide serves as a tool to help assess employee satisfaction. It includes information on assessment methods and conducting employee satisfaction surveys. This guide also provides useful templates for employee satisfaction surveys.

This in-depth story reviews information about burnout in health care professions and for physicians in particular. Along with reviewing causes and impact, a medical school wellness advocate, a researcher, and a large health care organization with a rural footprint shared interventions and solutions.

The South Carolina Hospital Association's Rural Hospital Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Learning Collaborative will guide rural health organizations to advance health equity.


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Employee engagement services assist leaders that participate in the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program with retaining employees that are passionate about their work and committed to their organization. Leaders receive coaching and guidance to improve employee retention and satisfaction.

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