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Rural Health refers to the interdisciplinary study of health and healthcare delivery in areas with sparse geographic distribution of individuals. Research supports that the needs of individuals living in rural areas are different from those living in urban areas. Access to health services in rural areas tends to be limited, due to a low number of providers and travel distance barriers.

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Authors: Nancy Baum | Jaque King

Topics: Behavioral Health, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Rural Health, Staffing

March 10, 2020
This report describes state incentives for behavioral health provider recruitment, particularly in rural areas.
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Authors: Malaika Schwartz | Davis Patterson | Rachelle McCarty

Topics: Allied Health, Rural Health, Staffing

December 17, 2019
This report describes allied health incentive programs at the state level as described during 30 semi-structured phone interviews with key informants from 27 states and information found online.
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