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The Illinois Primary Care Health Care Association (IPHCA) maintains a strong working relationship with our Illinois 3RNet member, the Illinois Center for Rural Health (ICRH). Through this partnership both IPHCA and ICRH are able to successfully utilize 3RNet in order to connect health professionals looking for jobs to facilities, in this case federally qualified health centers, seeking providers. Together, they are a great example and extension of 3RNet’s mission to improve rural and underserved communities' access to quality health care through recruitment of physicians and other health care professionals.

We asked Ashley Colwell, IPHCA Manager of Workforce Development, a few questions about their use of 3RNet and the role 3RNet played in a successful recruitment year for her organization in 2016!

Can you talk overall about the success you had with 3RNet in 2016?
In calendar year 2016 we had our highest number of placements through 3RNet. We also had our most successful recruiting year through our statewide recruitment service as well. We have had great success working with our State 3RNet member when it comes to candidate sharing and job posting. Being an associate 3RNet member has also been a great experience. Having access to the wonderful 3RNet tools and trainings has been important to me.

Can you talk about the providers you were able to place in 2016 through 3RNet?
We placed ten providers in 2016 through referrals we received from 3RNet! We placed seven physicians (family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine), three dentists, and one family nurse practitioner. We have a mix of urban and rural as well. Some cities that are gaining or have gained these providers include Aurora, Chicago, Rockford, Springfield and Virginia, IL.

What makes 3RNet valuable in your recruitment efforts?
I think 3RNet is so valuable because it gives our opportunities nationwide exposure. 3RNet definitely plays a big role in our recruitment advertising strategy. What is great is that we are not limited on the number of postings so that gives me the chance to feature ALL of our FQHCs. Rarely on other sites can we post more than a handful of positions and having the ability to mix physician, dental and behavioral health postings is great. And, finding candidates connected to the mission of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) is really the most important piece to recruiting for community health centers. We seem to find those mission-driven candidates on 3RNet.

What do you think attracts candidates to your opportunities?
I think Illinois is positioned nicely to offer both urban and rural opportunities, numerous sites that will sponsor J-1 visas, and a high demand for candidates as well. I think the appeal of close access to several large cities also helps attract candidates to our state.  

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