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Despite having the most populous city in the United States, the vast majority of New York’s geographic area is dominated by meadows, forests, rivers, farms, mountains and lakes and 12 percent of the population is considered rural. While there are many attractions throughout the regions of New York that make this state a great place to live and work, rural residents face numerous health care challenges, including a shortage of primary care providers.

Facts about New York and its rural communities: 

  • Beyond New York City and Long Island, New York is divided into nine other regions including Great Niagara, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands, Central-Leatherstocking, Adirondack Mountains, Capital District, Catskill Mountains, and the Hudson Valley. 
  • The state is home to the Adirondack Park, the largest protected wilderness area east of the Mississippi River, and has more ski areas operating than any other state. The central part of the state is dominated by the Finger Lakes, a popular vacation and tourist destination. 

Challenges experienced by rural New Yorkers: 

  • People who live in rural New York are typically older and have lower incomes than those who live in urban areas. 
  • People living in rural communities in New York have higher rates of death than people in the rest of the state in each leading cause of death. These causes include heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents and stroke.
  • There is a maldistribution of primary care providers throughout New York State. For example, the urban Long Island region has 79.5 physicians practicing full time per 100,000 while the rural North Country region has 60.6. Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in rural counties account for approximately 40 percent of the state’s Primary Care HPSAs.

Due to challenges faced by rural residents, New York remains committed to ensuring access to timely, quality and effective health care, and supports initiatives that will improve access in provider shortage areas. As New York’s 3RNet member, the Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health (ORH) aims to help strengthen the workforce through resources such as 3RNet to connect candidates with employers in rural and underserved areas. The ORH provides monthly resources to employers on rural recruitment and retention, helps facilities to post available job opportunities, and refers candidates interested in working in New York. Employers in New York are currently seeking all qualified health care professionals, including general practitioners, nurses and healthcare executives. 

To learn more about New York and the available job opportunities, visit our location page here

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at orh@health.ny.gov or 518-402-0102.

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