Access to primary care providers in rural AZ is a problem. Our National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program and the State Loan Repayment Program are part of the solution- recruiting primary care workforce resources in those areas. Still, there’s not enough providers in rural Arizona- and 150 rural communities in Arizona need access to primary care providers.
To help alleviate this problem and support recruitment of providers in rural areas, our Bureau of Health Systems Development recently developed a partnership with the Center for Rural Health and the Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers to support the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet) Program. It’s kinda like a Match.com for linking health care professionals and jobs in rural and underserved areas.
The 3RNet Program is made up of members from state agencies and non-profit organizations that work together to help many health care professionals find jobs in rural and underserved areas. They also work collaboratively to provide technical assistance to clinics about this free recruitment tool. This provides clinics with no cost marketing including tools allowing them to post online photos, detailed descriptions, maps, and other materials to attract health care professionals.
For questions about the 3RNet Program, please email the representatives from each individual agency: Ana Roscetti at [email protected], Joyce Hospodar at [email protected], or Lourdes Paez at [email protected]. If you’re an employer or clinic, register to become a 3Rnet user here.