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HRSA Releases New Projections for the Health Workforce

According to data collected by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA), the supply of primary care physicians in the U.S. will see a shortage by the year 2030; a surplus of nurse practitioners and physician assistants is projected for the same time span.  The forecast shows the largest shortages in Nevada, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Arizona.  The NCHWA is part of the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) at the Health Resources and Services Administration.  Last week, BHW announced funding for a new federal program to increase the number of physician assistants in rural areas.  Accredited training programs that can demonstrate a high rate of rural placement for graduates may apply for the HRSA Physician Assistant Rural Training Program through December 9. Read more here.

HHS and USDA Launch Resource Guide for Child Care in Rural Areas

Yesterday, the U.S Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health & Human Services (HHS) released a new federal guide to strengthen and expand child care facilities in rural communities. The USDA-RD HHS-ACF Joint Facilities Resource Guide (pdf) includes best practices, innovative approaches, success stories, and a list of federal resources available.  The Administration of Children and Families (ACF) is the HHS agency administering federal programs for child care; Rural Development (RD) at the USDA focuses on improving the economy and quality of life.