Resource Library

The Rural PREP Resource Library is a curated list of webinars, studies, journals, programs, and websites focused on rural health and primary care. If you have a suggestion for a resource, please contact us here.Just click on a tag in the tag cloud to search for that keyword, or start typing in the search bar below!
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NP program efforts promoting transition to rural practice This article presents the results of a study that identifies, describes, and compares the approaches of rural-oriented NP education programs to facilitate the NP transition from education to practice in rural settings. Preparing NP students effectively during their education may be key to their success in rural practice. Read the full article in The Nurse […] nurse practitioner Rural Journal Article
The Impact of Telepsychiatry Services on the Training of Rural Primary Care Teams in Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Rural PREP study to determine if primary care providers who participate in the Collaborative Care Model of telepsychiatry consultation develop increased behavioral health expertise Rural PREP Study
Routes to Rural Readiness: Enhancing Clinical Training Experiences for Nurse Practitioner Practice in Rural Primary Care Rural provider shortages in primary care can be alleviated by encouraging and supporting nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice in rural clinical sites, which are more likely to employ NPs than urban sites Rural PREP Study
Telepsychiatric Consultation as a Training and Workforce Development Strategy for Rural Primary Care Article on investigating the feasibility of regular systematic case reviews through telepsychiatric consultation, within collaborative care for depression, as a continuous training and workforce development strategy in rural clinics. Journal Article
Routes to Rural Readiness: Enhancing Recruitment and Retention of Nurse Practitioners in Rural Primary Care Through Residencies Encouraging and supporting nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice in rural clinical sites can alleviate rural primary care provider shortages. This study will identify characteristics of successful models of postgraduate NP clinical training programs that support NPs’ transition to rural employment and effective practice through interviews with key stakeholders at rural and rural-serving primary care NP residencies. nurse practitioner primary care Rural Rural PREP Study
Measuring the Commitment of Health Professions Schools to Rural Primary Care Rural PREP study to determine which U.S. medical schools produce high proportions of rural primary care physicians and what educational and organizational characteristics contribute to high rural production Rural PREP Study
How Can We Strengthen Rural Opportunities in K-16 Education to Promote Primary Care Health Careers? Rural PREP study aims to describe the number and distribution of rural K-16 programs, the components of these programs, and available evidence on their outcomes with the aim of identifying and sharing successful strategies Rural PREP Study
Are Family Physicians Trained in Small Rural Residencies of Comparable Quality to Family Physicians Overall? This Rural PREP study seeks to demonstrate the value of rural training by examining how graduates of small rural family medicine programs compare with other family medicine residency graduates on ratings of competence and medical knowledge, current scope of practice, and other indicators of value. Rural PREP Study
Routes to Rural Readiness: Enhancing Rural Clinical Training Experiences for Physician Assistants This Rural PREP study will survey and interview PA program directors to describe the approaches of rurally oriented PA programs as well as the availability and varying models of rural clinical training in the most successful programs. Rural PREP Study
Targeted Medical School Admissions: A Strategic Process for Meeting Our Social Mission Increased medical school class sizes and new medical schools have not addressed the workforce inadequacies in primary care or underserved settings. This article outlines admissions strategies to recruit students likely to practice in primary care or underserved settings. Admission to Medical School/Residency Primary Care Issues Rural Rural PREP Special Populations Study
Recruitment to Rural Residency Programs: Match Rates and Best Practices This study explores the history of National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) match rates for rurally located family medicine residency programs over the past 25 years (1995-2020) in an effort to examine the widely held perception that low match rates equate to unfavorable program outcomes and to identify successful recruitment strategies for rural programs and for recruitment to rural practice generally. Admission to Medical School/Residency recruitment Rural Rural PREP Study
Microresearch Technical Assistance Webinar – 2019 Webinar designed to assist prospective applicants in applying to the Rural PREP Microresearch program Rural PREP Webinar
Increasing Capacity and Joy in Precepting In this professional development webinar Dr. Schmidt will share her experience and lessons learned from precepting 3-6 learners in a teaching half-day in the office. Webinar
Why Do I Teach in Rural Practice? A day in the life of a rural preceptor The teaching kit featuring work by Robert Ostrander, MD. will explore the importance of teaching in rural practice to both one's well-being and to student learning. Rural PREP Teaching Kits
Rural Health Leadership Radio: A Conversation with Davis Patterson, PhD Rural Health Leadership Radio podcast guest Davis Patterson, PhD, Director of Rural PREP discussing rural health workforce research and rural health professional education Rural PREP Audio
Qualitative Inquiry for Rural Programs Webinar describing practical methods for qualitative research and evaluation for rural health professional educators, learners, and practitioners December 2017 Rural PREP Webinar
Supporting Rural Programs Through Telehealth: Training, Supervision, and Collaborative Mental Health Care Webinar on potential of telehealth as an effective, well-accepted, and cost-effective platform to deliver mental health treatment to those who may not otherwise be able to access such treatment. Rural PREP Webinar
Welcoming Diverse Clinical Learners into Diverse Rural Communities This webinar will briefly review the staffing needs of rural communities and the experiential opportunities for trainees there, and will discuss methods to support learners from diverse backgrounds in these settings. Rural PREP Webinar
Negotiating the IRB Process This webinar convenes a panel who will share their experience and wisdom in navigating the IRB process in rural communities and in the area of rural health. Rural PREP Webinar
Targeted Rural Health Education This webinar examines the Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) project, which provides health profession students with the opportunity to gain experience writing plain language health education stories based on topics from the community needs assessments or a clinical experience for publication in a rural newspaper. Rural PREP Webinar
Rural: Objective Reality or Simple Perception This teaching kit featuring Randall Longenecker, MD, will help you negotiate critical conversations on definitions and perceptions of 'rural' and make good decisions around education and training for rural practice. Rural PREP Teaching Kits
Rural Newborn Care This teaching kit featuring Brandon Ferguson, MD, will focus on some of the challenges specific to rural newborn care. Rural PREP Teaching Kits
What Is the Impact on Rural Area Residents When the Local Physician Leaves? This article from Microresearch awardee Paulius Mui explores aspects of access to care, both within and outside of primary care settings, that result from loss of a rural family physician. Rural PREP Study
Scholarly Dissemination to Rural Audiences This webinar presented by Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, MA, will discuss the importance of disseminating your work as well as the various modes of dissemination with special attention paid to the journal publication process. Rural PREP Webinar
The Landscape of Rural Health Research This presentation by Jennifer Burges and Marcia Ward looks into the relationship between policy, research, and FORHP with examples of when research has influenced policy and federal programs and when policy has influenced research. Rural PREP Webinar
Presenting Your Case: Making use of telehealth in rural practice This teaching kit featuring work by Van Roper, Phd., RN., FNP-C will showcase the use of the ECHO model to provide meaningful experiential learning and patient care collaborative experience for both primary care providers and health professions students in an interprofessional environment. Rural PREP Teaching Kits
Microresearch for Rural Health Rural PREP webinar describing the global impact of "microresearch" and explaining how to apply for a Rural PREP microresearch award July 2017 Rural PREP Webinar
Mental Health in Rural Communities This teaching kit featuring Diane Rohlman, PhD, will explore the need to understand the factors that impact mental health in rural communities and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of distress and to learn strategies and resources that are available to help you or someone else. Rural PREP Teaching Kits
Local Access to Labor & Obstetrical Delivery and Prenatal Care The Local Access to Labor & Obstetrical Delivery and Prenatal Care teaching kit, featuring John Waits, MD, Chief Executive Officer and Faculty Physician at Cahaba Medical Services, discusses the reopening of rural labor and delivery units. access infant mortality perinatal outcomes Rural PREP Teaching Kits
How Can We Support Rural-centric Residency Programs as Unified ACGME Accreditation Approaches in 2020? Rural PREP study identifies challenges and solutions to support rural and small residency programs critical to rural communities Rural PREP Study
Engaging Learners in Addressing Rural Population Health Webinar describing health hazards associated with radon gas, the testing and remediation process, and the principles of a population health intervention Rural PREP Webinar
Learner Centered Research Mentoring Webinar describing mentoring models, roles, and skills for successful mentoring Rural PREP Webinar
Focus Groups in Health Research – Just the Basics Webinar describing basic considerations needed for researchers interested in using focus groups in their studies Rural PREP Webinar
Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox in a Rural Setting The Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox teaching kit, featuring Kim Kardonsky, MD, and Dave Evans, MD, explores the role of rural providers in alcohol abuse and detox. CIWA-Ar coordination of care Rural PREP transportation issues Teaching Kits
Gestational Diabetes: Diagnoses and Management with a Rural Twist The Gestational Diabetes teaching kit, featuring Robert Gobbo, MD, discusses how rural physicians can improve the outcomes of Gestational diabetes (GDM). Care for this population by family physicians in a rural place comes with unique opportunities and challenges. acquiring skills congenital malformations perinatal outcomes pregnancy complications Rural PREP social determinants of health Teaching Kits
Adverse Childhood Experiences The Adverse Childhood Experiences teaching kit, featuring Neal Bowen, PhD, discusses the array of lifetime negative health outcomes that may result from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the unique challenges they present in a rural setting. abuse community involvement disordered environment parental trauma Rural PREP Teaching Kits
Agricultural Exposures: Organophosphate Pesticide Poisoning and Prevention The Agricultural Exposures teaching kit, featuring Diane Rohlman, PhD, discusses the dangers of organophosphate pesticides and how understanding the context of application and exposure is helpful for recommending methods for prevention. decontamination environment exposure risk hierarchy of controls pesticide drift Rural PREP Teaching Kits
Addressing Maternity Deserts: A Role for Operative Obstetrics in Family Medicine The Addressing Maternity Deserts teaching kit, featuring Robert Gobbo, MD, presents an overview of appropriate training and planning for those interested in considering a path towards obtaining the skills, privileges and maintenance of competence in operative obstetrics. acquiring skills cesarean credentialing perinatal outcomes Rural PREP surgical services Teaching Kits
Group Medical Visits: An Innovative Solution for Chronic Pain Management in a Rural Context The Group Medical Visits teaching kit, featuring Jaclyn Thatcher, RN, DNP/FNP-S, and Jacob Thatcher, OMS IV, explores the potential of Group Medical Visits (GMVs) to transform chronic pain management in rural primary care and the delivery of medical care in the United States. communication education financial productivity recruitment retention Rural PREP support Teaching Kits
Good Fences The Good Fences teaching kit, featuring Randy Longenecker, MD, focuses on negotiating relationships in healthy ways, including healthy boundary setting, boundary crossings, and boundary maintenance. boundaries conflict of interest dual relationships negotiating power differential Rural PREP Teaching Kits
Live Where You Work The Live Where You Work teaching kit, featuring Kate Abraham, MD, MPH, discusses geography’s influence on poverty and access to health care and the difference it makes when you live in the community you serve. access community involvement geography poverty Rural PREP rural-focused medical school track social reform Teaching Kits
Connecting with Underserved and Understudied Populations Through Research This webinar will address strategies in better understanding three groups – patients from the homeless community, the LGBTQ+ community, and the Amish. Rural PREP Webinar
A Day in the Life of a Rural Family Physician This teaching kit featuring Scott Anzalone, MD, will focus on one family physician practicing in rural Ohio, who, until recent years, practiced full scope – office, hospital, maternity care, nursing home, home visits, endoscopy, minor surgery and orthopedics Rural PREP Teaching Kits
Doctor, Can I Trust You? This teaching kit featuring Katy Kropf, DO, will look at the many societal factors contribute to the health disparities experienced by LGBTQIA patients living in rural areas Rural PREP Teaching Kits
Demystifying the Rural Job Search: Putting your best foot forward This teaching kit featuring work by Mike Shimmens and Michelle Varcho will help Physician’s Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians untangle the many barriers to their rural job search by introducing tools and resources designed to help those that are looking for rural specific opportunities. Rural PREP Teaching Kits
Personalizing a Pandemic Message for Rural Communities This webinar on the COVID-19 pandemic was presented by Drs. Joanna and Ross Kauffman during the online 19th Annual Rural Health Scholars retreat “Making Population Health for Rural Communities Personal” covid-19 pandemic Webinar
UW Center for Health Workforce Studies – COVID-19 Research A collection of activities conducted by the UW CHWS team that highlight the importance of the health workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. coronavirus covid dashboard graphs healthworkforce Study
Contributions of US Medical Schools to Primary Care (2003-2014): Determining and Predicting Who Really Goes Into Primary Care This article details a retrospective study to determine the magnitude by which primary care output is overestimated by commonly used metrics and identify a more accurate method for predicting actual primary care output. Study
Rural GME brings together partners in every specialty and experts from across the U.S. in all aspects of rural graduate medical education to provide technical assistance and resources. Website
MicroResearch: Finding sustainable local health solutions in East Africa through small local research studies Associated article outlining the history and outcomes for the first five years of the program. Report
Microresearch at Dalhousie University and Mbarara University A microresearch effort led by individuals at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda Program
Family Medicine Cafe An informal meeting live at Google hangouts to chat about themes related to rural family medicine. Link to video from the 16th Rural Family Medicine Café: Rural Research Video
Journal of Rural Mental Health Journal publishing articles on policy implications, community-level issues, integrated care, evidence-based practices, cultural factors, and ethical and regulatory considerations related to rural health research, practice, and policy clinical cultural evaluation evidence-based health disparities health equity integrated care integration policy practice regulatory research social justice Journal
Rural Behavioral Health Webinars Webinars discussing behavioral health issues for families in rural areas collection community cultural improvement membership partnerships planning practice training tribal webinar Webinar
Rural Doctors Webinars Australia-based collection of webinars and resources providing clinical updates, topical information, and research on relevant areas of health, medicine and general practice clinical collection cultural education practice resource library training webcast webinar Webinar
Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) Comprehensive resource hub providing information, opportunities, and resources on rural health community membership partnerships policy program Website
RHIhub Topic Guides Resource center with links to key rural-health related publications, maps, websites, new, event and organizations conference events program project research study Website
RHIhub Evidence-Based Toolkits for Rural Community Health Detailed guides for how to build effective community health programs that make best use of limited funding and resources community evaluation improvement membership partnerships planning program project research study technical assistance tools Website
Rural Medical Education Group
Special interest group within the National Rural Health Association dedicated to preparing rural physicians through network development and advocacy education organization Multiple
National Primary Care Association Links (PCA) List of hyperlinks to state and regional primary care associations supporting the HRSA Health Center Program agency collection government technical assistance training websites; organization Website
Rural Health Research Gateway Resource center providing easy access to the research products, researchers, and projects of the HRSA Rural Health Research Centers collection project research study Multiple
Nonprofit organization connecting health professionals searching for jobs in rural or underserved areas with health care facilities jobs practice workforce Multiple
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
In the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable agency cultural government health disparities health equity improvement planning practice social justice Multiple
Rural Health Resource Guide, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Resource library within the HRSA website that provides links and descriptions of rural health related resources agency community evaluation government; collection grants information technology IT membership partnerships research resource library technical assistance telehealth telemedicine telepsychiatry toolkit tools Multiple
National Rural Health Resource Center Non-profit organization that provides technical assistance, information, tools, and resources for the improvement of rural health care collection conference events improvement jobs leadership organization planning resource library technical assistance toolkit tools training workforce Multiple
Office of Rural Health, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that works to increase access to care for veterans living in rural communities advocacy agency community government improvement membership partnerships planning project research study Multiple
Office of Rural Health Research Library, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Resource library within the Veterans Health Administration that contains studies on the delivery of healthcare services to rural veterans agency collection evaluation government improvement journal planning recruitment research resource library retention workforce Multiple
Rural Health Fellows Program, National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Program of the National Rural Health Association to train leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural health collaboration communication leadership partnerships program training Program
Recruitment and Retention of Providers in Rural Areas (3RNet)
Presentation slides from 3RNet describing practical recruitment strategies for rural areas improvement planning recruitment retention workforce Slides
The Journal of Rural Health Journal focused on advancing rural health related research and enabling communication between health researchers and other relevant professionals collaboration communication evaluation partnerships research Journal
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center Policy-oriented research organization focusing rural health professional education, supply, demand, and distribution, as well as availability and quality of rural healthcare behavioral health evaluation health disparities health equity mental health organization policy project research RHRC social justice study workforce WWAMI Multiple
Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices A guide for rural primary care practices in suicide prevention behavioral health education mental health toolkit training Multiple
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Federal agency created to advise on health issues impacting rural communities, help increase access to care for underserved populations, and build health care capacity advocacy agency government Multiple
The Annals of Family Medicine Journal dedicated to advancing knowledge essential to understanding and improving health and primary care clinical education evaluation evidence-based integrated care integration journal policy practice project research study Journal
National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
A nonprofit membership organization and key Rural PREP partner providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communication, education, and research advocacy collaboration communication community education evaluation leadership membership partnerships project research study Website
RHIhub Webinars Online library with rural-health focused webinars collection webinar Library Webinar
Graduate Medical Education for Rural Practice (NRHA/AAFP)
Policy brief from the National Rural Health Association and American Academy of Family Physicians with recommendations on medical training in rural areas Report
Rural Health Resources and Best Practices, National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Resource library with links and descriptions of free rural-health focused resources collection organization resources Multiple
Robert Graham Center Organization to improve individual and population healthcare delivery through the generation or synthesis of evidence that brings a family medicine and primary care perspective to health policy deliberations from the local to international levels project research study Multiple
The GME Initiative Website describing the advocacy efforts to reform graduate medical education programs to increase the supply of primary care physicians education GME graduate medical education medical school student Website
Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention: Global policy recommendations Report proposing sixteen evidence-based recommendations on how to improve the recruitment and retention of health workers in underserved areas recruitment retention training workforce Report
Rural Health Clinic Educational Resources, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)
Resource library containing how-to guidance for rural health clinics emergency preparedness funding improvement organization planning policy technical assistance value-based Multiple
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)
Organization promoting the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health to improve health care in rural America through leadership development, advocacy, education and partnerships advocacy collaboration communication education evaluation improvement leadership membership organization partnerships planning policy technical assistance toolkit tools Multiple
National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) Association focused on improving access, availability, and acceptability of behavioral health services and research in rural and frontier areas advocacy behavioral health jobs mental health organization policy workforce Multiple
Rural Policy Research Institute Organization that provides information on challenges, needs, and opportunities of rural communities with the intent to provoke dialog and action by the public and policy makers collaboration communication evaluation networks organization partnerships policy research resource library Multiple
Toolkit for Recruitment and Retention of Primary Care Physicians in Rural Areas (NOSORH)
Guide describing methods and resources for recruitment and retention of rural primary care physicians improvement planning recruitment retention toolkit workforce Report
Quality of Life Impacts the Recruitment and Retention of Rural Health Care Providers (NRHA)
Policy brief with recommendations to address barriers to rural recruitment and retention improvement planning recruitment retention workforce Report
Rural and Remote Health Journal focused on providing accessible, peer-reviewed information about rural health service delivery and health status in rural communities (Australia) project research study Journal
Journal of Family Medicine Journal focused on providing accessible, high quality manuscripts related to acute, chronic, and preventive medical care services clinical education evaluation evidence-based integrated care integration journal policy practice project research study Journal
Academic Medicine Official journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges that serves as an international forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and strategies to address the major challenges facing the academic medicine community clinical education evaluation evidence-based integrated care integration journal policy practice project research study Journal
The RTT Collaborative
A cooperative of rural training programs and educators whose goal is to cultivate and sustain programs and develop new ones community education improvement membership organization partner partnerships planning technical assistance toolkit tools training Multiple
Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN) Program allowing healthcare students to experience the realities of rural care in Alaska for 3 weeks Program
HRSA Health Workforce Grand Rounds Series: Strengthening the Rural Health Workforce
Webinar series targeting rural and underserved communities, with the goal of improving health professional training and increasing the number of rural health professionals Webinar
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Nonprofit membership organization promoting health equity and social justice with a commitment to eliminating health disparities, changing faculty promotion and tenure, and increasing funding for community-campus partnerships Multiple