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At our recent 3RNet Annual Conference, we shared our 'top ten' accomplishments; what's new and what we've achieved since our 2015 conference. A lot has changed in a year! Read on to learn more:

New 3RNet Website

We updated the look of our website and improved how our site looks on a mobile platform (it now looks the same regardless of the type of device you use). We also made some updates to our system so that we have the newest iterations of security and privacy protocols that adhere to the latest best practices. We also put a big emphasis on making it easier for job seekers to connect with our 3RNet members, register, and search jobs across the country. We also added a texting feature - so now you can text 1-800-787-2512 and get a response right to your phone! 

Recruiting for Retention Academy

We have a new educational offering starting this fall - the 3RNet Recruiting for Retention Academy. This eight-part webinar series begins October 4 and will provide facilities information on topics including the National Health Services Corps, the Conrad 30 J1 Visa Waiver program, forming a recruitment action plan, and leveraging your state Primary Care Office. Learn more about the Academy at www.academy.3rnet.org.

Ki Integration

During the past year 3RNet worked with the North Carolina Foundation of Advanced Health Programs (now Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation) and the Practice Sights leadership team to transition users of the recruitment software to a new commercial product. Kontact Intelligence (Ki) was selected by the majority of Practice Sights users. It is the intention of the all parties to continue to maintain and support the Practice Sights Retention System and the Multi-state Retention Collaborative that uses the web-based version of Practice Sights. Our new 3RNet website includes many upgrades and integration with applicant tracking system partner Kontact Intelligence.

CHC Factors Book

We created a new eBook, Factors to Market Your Community Health Center: Identify and Communicate Strengths, Invest in Challenges, based on the factors adapted from the CHC Community Apgar Questionnaire. This questionnaire is a validated research tool implemented and developed by Dr. Ed Baker, Boise State University, and Dr. Dave Schmitz, Idaho Family Medicine Residency.

The factors are categorized into five classes: geographic, economic, scope of practice, medical support, and hospital/community support. The advantages, challenges, and solutions presented in this book are not based on any specific research, but instead are drawn from 3RNet's 20+ years of practical experience in rural recruitment and retention.

Employer Resource Guide

Another eBook we put together this year: An Employer's Guide to Workforce Programs: Health Professional Shortage Areas, Loan Repayment Programs, and J-1 Visa Waivers, provides a general overview for employers of the three previously mentioned programs, which are important to the health care workforce in rural and underserved areas. This eBook can be found here: https://www.3rnet.org/employer_guide/manual.html or bit.ly/3RNetEmployerGuide

Education Outreach

We expanded our education outreach to a full-time position dedicated to helping facilities with their workforce strategies. Our education outreach is currently engaged in a project with the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS). We led an in-person, full-day training based on the steps of our 3RNet Recruiting for Retention Manual and our Factors to Market Your Community Health Center: Identify and Communicate Strengths, Invest in Challenges eBook for 11 CHCs from western New York. As part of this project, we are also providing on-site visits to three CHCs that will result in site-specific recruitment plans and six months of ongoing support for action plan implementation.
ACU Contract

We have partnered with the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) to help with presentations at regional meetings to address recruitment and retention strategies. We presented our Recruitment for Retention Manual and our Factors to Market Your Community Health Center: Identify and Communicate Strengths, Invest in Challenges eBook during regional Primary Care Association (PCA) meetings in South Carolina, Louisiana, Arizona, and for the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) and the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (North Dakota and South Dakota). 

Our partnership with ACU also includes one-on-one technical assistance over the phone with CHCs that request it through ACU.

Associate Membership

We've formalized our Associate Member process and have marketed it to our Organizational Members. We approved seven new Associate Members in six states (Arizona, Iowa, Illinois, Montana, Mississippi, and Washington) during the last year bringing our total number of Associate Members to 17. We're ready and available to add more!

3RNet.org Success

Our most recent annual report (www.3rnet.org/impact) highlighted the impressive impact of our website, www.3rnet.org, and our members, during the FY15 fiscal year (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015). During this time period,  our website had 2,861 new candidate registrations (adding to the over 47,000 active candidate accounts on our site), 9,468 jobs posted, and 601 new facility registrations (adding to the over 5,000 facilities registered). This all resulted in 2,403 placements and an estimated impact of $2.3 billion! Our website also had, from August 1, 2015  to July 31, 2016, 99,255 visits, 63,749 unique visitors, and 718,527 page views.

We Had a Baby!

Our small staff of four was temporarily even smaller while Kristine Morin took six weeks maternity leave to care for her baby girl, Kennedy! 3RNet has a fantastic history with those bearing that name, and we hope this holds true for our youngest 3RNet "member" (and potentially mascot? future 3RNet recruit?)!
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