Who We Are

The mission of the Collaborative for Rural Primary care, Research, Education and Practice (Rural PREP) is to improve and sustain rural health through community engagement and research in rural primary care health professions education.

Educators and researchers have sought for decades to understand how to attract more primary care providers to rural areas and prepare them better for rural practice. Although research has demonstrated that where clinicians are educated is an important factor in future rural practice, expanding the evidence base for how rural health professions education works is clearly needed.

A community of practice in rural health professions education and training has grown over the past 3 decades. Our shared vision has come from completing a series of shared research projects in the HRSA*-funded Rural Training Track (RTT) Technical Assistance Program 2010-2016 and through the ongoing work of the University of Washington’s WWAMI Rural Health Research Center and The RTT Collaborative, a non-profit cooperative of individuals and organizations committed to rural health professions education across the U.S., anchored at Ohio University.

Rural PREP is one of HRSA’s Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement (AU-PCTE). Read more about Academic Units here.

*U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

Leadership

Davis Patterson, PhD
Project Director

Randall Longenecker, MD
Associate Director, Communities of Practice Lead

David Schmitz, MD
Dissemination Lead