Why Rural PREP?

Improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services is a formidable challenge in rural America. The health of rural communities depends upon access to a well-trained and committed health care workforce, especially in primary care. Preparing, recruiting, and retaining health care professionals for complex, sometimes resource-scarce, rural settings is necessary for quality care in often underserved rural communities.

Rural PREP wants to help prepare and recruit primary health care practitioners for practice in rural communities by nurturing a community of educators, students and rural health practitioners that is dedicated to improving health professions education and training.

Rural PREP conducts research and disseminates evidence-based practices to build the capacity of health professional education and training institutions to prepare rural primary care practitioners. Our goal is to increase the number of individuals enrolling in and completing rural primary care health professions training and transitioning to primary care practice in rural communities. We engage our community of practice for mutual learning, sharing research findings and evidence-based practices, as well as improving the quality of research on rural health professional education.

All our research projects, community of practice activities, and dissemination efforts aim to strengthen the provision of quality rural primary care. With a strong workforce foundation, our vision is that rural America has access to high-quality, comprehensive primary care.