Past program efforts include a study of home health care agencies to identify challenges faced by rural providers and a study to assess the feasibility of using hospital information systems to collect and analyze population data for the purposes of public
health planning and programming.
Past projects include:
Dr. Lorraine Ettaro led the Center's Health Workforce Study. The purpose of the workforce project was to:
Once the primary care and public health professional shortages are identified in rural Pennsylvania, model training programs can be established to both train new workers and offer continuing education to existing workers in an effort to improve
access to needed services and overall community safety.
It was anticipated that the workforce project would serve as a model for identifying and filling gaps in rural healthcare and the public health workforce. In addition to improving access to needed health professionals for the improvement of rural
health status, such efforts would enhance the ability of rural communities to respond to public health threats and emergencies by increasing the numbers of rural professionals trained to serve in these capacities.