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New or Updated Policies & Programs

Bridge programs for hard-to-employ adults

Expert Opinion

Provide basic skills (e.g., reading, math, writing, English language, or soft skills) and industry-specific training with other supports; often incorporated in career pathway programs

Education  ·  Employment

Higher education financial incentives for health professionals serving underserved areas

Some Evidence

Expand incentives such as scholarships and loans with service requirements and loan repayment or forgiveness programs for health care providers who practice in rural or other underserved areas

Access to Care

J-1 physician visa waivers

Insufficient Evidence

Expand use of J-1 physician visa waivers for foreign-born physicians who have trained in the US and will serve patients in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)

Access to Care

Mentoring for new nurses

Some Evidence

Pair new nurses with more experienced nurses who act as a resource and provide support as the new nurse establishes her or himself professionally

Access to Care

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)

Scientifically Supported

Provide home visiting services to low income, first time mothers and their babies, starting during pregnancy and continuing through a child’s second birthday

Family and Social Support

Rural training in medical education

Scientifically Supported

Expand medical school training and learning experiences focused on the skills necessary to practice successfully in rural areas

Access to Care