To enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community/academic educational partnerships.
To connect students to health professions, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.
- Introducing students grades K-12 to careers in health care;
- Increasing clinical placements in underserved areas, and
- Providing workforce development opportunities for health care professionals in medically underserved and shortage areas in Michigan.
Strategies to achieve goals:
- Utilize secondary data analysis to consider which counties are at high risk for health disparities and morbidity
- Contact potential stakeholders in each county and perform primary needs assessments and analysis via interviews and Community Engagement Meetings
- Collaborate with partners and stakeholders to design programs for students to engage them towards rural health care careers
- Track students over their educational years to monitor their intended health career track and if they then decide to practice in a rural area