Rural Health Practice Program AHEC Fellowship

Project: Research project

Project Details


Rural Health Practice Program AHEC Fellowship Rural Health Practice Program AHEC Fellowship Delivery of health services in rural areas is multifaceted and includes issues relative to the economy, employment, health insurance portability, and presence of healthcare providers in non-urban areas. According to a recent study by the Urban Institute (2012) the proportion of urban residents reporting that their health status was fair or poor was 9.6 percent, compared with 13.1 percent for rural residents. In addition to reporting poorer health status, rural residents receive less professional medical attention than urban counterparts. Nationally, 77.3 percent of urban residents reported seeing a doctor or other health professional the year prior to the survey, compared with 64.8 percent for rural residents (Urban Institute, 2012). These differences in health care utilization would be more pronounced if not for the fact that non-physician providers play a larger role in rural health care. Arizona in particular has experienced significant changes in service delivery and rural areas are disproportionately affected. These changes have increased the number of health care providers needed to serve rural communities and underserved populations. This not only affects access to routine care, preventive maintenance and urgent care issues, but it also impacts the functional health of many in the state. In partnership with the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) will assist in the education and clinical practice of graduate nurses in shortage areas with the goal to increase access to care in medically underserved (MUA) and rural areas. The College of Nursing currently has clinical mentors in rural areas of Maricopa, Pinal, Gila, Yuma and Yavapai Counties ready and willing to accept students in clinical experience rotations.
Effective start/end date1/1/1312/31/13


  • OTHER: Arizona Public University (ABOR): $85,000.00


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