Workforce Services

For more than 25 years, The Center has witnessed the growing number of challenges facing rural and underserved areas. Rural communities are striving to save local health care resources and are struggling to recruit and retain needed health care providers. The Center assists rural communities in defining specific health care needs and identifying strategies to fulfill those needs.

The Center has helped influence the Minnesota health care workforce pipeline through educational program visits to its primary care physician residents, and medical and advanced practice provider students. These presentations include an overview of the current health care environment, and provide information on current health care workforce supply and demand, advantages and evaluation of a rural practice, and federal and state loan repayment programs.

The Center continues to be actively involved in implementing workforce strategies across the United States, specifically for primary care providers in rural and underserved communities, as well as assisting in rural health policy development.

Our Clients

  • Area Health Education Centers (AHECs)
  • Federal agencies
  • Health care providers
  • Individual hospitals or clinics
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Research centers
  • Rural health networks
  • State hospital associations
  • State Offices of Rural Health (SORH)

Support from the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers

The Center would like to extend its gratitude to the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers for their support of The Center's educational outreach. Through their support, the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers is part of the solution in continuing to promote rural practice with the goal of ensuring access to quality health care in rural Minnesota.

The Center offers comprehensive workforce services in the following areas:

Recruiting for Retention Manual

Recruiting for Retention provides a step-by-step guide through the key elements of the recruitment process. Published by the National Recruitment and Retention Network (3Rnet), the Minnesota edition of the Recruiting for Retention manual is only available through this website.

This is a how-to recruitment manual that assists from assessment of provider needs to integration of the provider and their family into the community. Recruiting for Retention explains the most important steps in finding and retaining the ideal candidate for communities. Customized for Minnesota, this 114-page manual identifies state, regional and federal resources to help recruitment and retention efforts, as well as help improve health care delivery in communities.

Order Recruiting for Retention Manual
Recruiting for Retention Manual $45 Order


For more information, please contact Angie LaFlamme at (218) 216-7022 or

Workforce Analysis

The current and future status of health care employment can be determined by gathering information and conducting analyses to make projections in demand based on current demand.

The Center will gather information and data through various public and private entities and professional organizations as well as state, regional and national resources to analyze and then make projections in demand. Projections will be based on current employment, vacancy rates, shortage designations, population and changes in health care workforce due to retirement, educational capacity and population growth.

Please contact The Center for a workforce analysis proposal. The Center will custom design an analysis for a person or organization’s specific needs and pricing will reflect The Center’s competitive rates.


For more information, please contact Sally Buck at (218) 216-7025 or

Minnesota Web Recruitment Service Update

The National Rural Health Resource Center discontinued the Minnesota Web Recruitment Posting Service as of June 30, 2017.

For information on posting MN practice opportunities on the National Rural Recruitment and Retention (3RNet) website, contact:

Mark Barclay
Director of Member Services, 3RNet
(800) 787-2512