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Our members know their states. Learn more about the beautiful landscapes and strong sense of community West Virginia has to offer from our member, Brandon.
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Our members know their states. Learn more about wonderful Washington from our member, Faith.
Our members know their states! Learn more about Delaware from our member, Joan.
Our members know their states! Learn more about O-H-I-O from our Ohio member, Marie!
Our members know their states! Learn more about wonderful Wisconsin from our member, Tim.
Our members know their states! Hear how North Dakota will warm your heart from our North Dakota member, Stacy!
Our Cherokee Nation member, Stephanie, walks us through some highlights of one of our most unique 3RNet members. Cherokee Nation, a sovereign nation located in Oklahoma, has so much to offer health care professionals. Read on to learn more.
Our members know their states! Learn more about Virginia from our member, Ellie!
Our members know their states! Learn why Michigan is a great place to be from our member, Rachel!
Our members know their states! Learn more about beautiful, unexpected Big Ski Country from our Montana members Terri and Belinda!
Our members know their states! You may be surprised to learn what Maryland has to offer--which is much more than the delicious seafood and coastal offerings which may first come to mind! Our Maryland member, Sadé, a native Marylander, shares some local insights with us!
Our members know their states! Texas abounds with plenty -- especially plenty of opportunity for all types of health care professionals. Learn more about Texas from our TX member, Kathy.
Our members know their states! Learn what makes Iowa a wonderful place to live and work from our member, Cristie!
Our members know their states! Hear more about the land of Country music (and so much more!) from our Tennessee member, Ann.
Our members know their states! Learn more about how you can live free and blaze your own trail in New Hampshire from our member, Mandi!
Our members know their states! See what Kansas member, Sasha, has to say about living and working in the one of the friendliest states in this weeks blog.
Our members know their states! Learn more about the Land of 10,000 Lakes from our Minnesota member, Pam!
Our members know their states! This weeks featured member is Stacee Reed in Oregon. Stacee has reached out to a few of the facilities she works with to see why they choose to live and work in Oregon. See what Jen Hoke, Valerie Fulleton, Barb Stoefen, and Amanda Judd have to say about Oregon, their facilities, and why they love their state.
Our members know their states! Check out what Ashley has to say about Illinois being the best of both worlds!
We know many of you are on the front lines of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We have put together some resources you may find useful in navigating employment-related issues and workforce-related topics surrounding COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Varcho at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-787-2512
Our members know their states! Learn more about exotic Alaska in our latest blog post from our member, Eric.
Our members know their states! See what our Louisiana member Yasmeen has to say about her state in this week's blog.
Our members know their states! Learn more about beautiful, exotic Hawaii from our members: Scott and Allison!
We’re celebrating National Rural Health Day and the #PowerOfRural by celebrating rural facilities who have been successful in their recruitment efforts. Recruiting health care providers can be a challenge—especially in rural areas. We’re recognizing rural facilities for their recruitment excellence!
Today we're highlighting Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation in the Northern Mariana Islands. Commonwealth Healthcare recruited an Oncologist through 3RNet! Congrats!
Read about Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation's community, facility, and more:
To celebrate the good work of our 3RNet members, 3RNet staff chose 3RNet member Stacee Reed (Oregon) to highlight for National Rural Health Day. We’ll be sending Stacee some 3RNet swag and we want to share with you some of why we wanted to highlight Stacee!
Stacee is our Oregon 3RNet member and is an excellent advocate for her state and the communities she works with.
Today we're highlighting Sarrell Dental Center that has nine locations in Alabama. Sarrell Dental recruited two dentists through 3RNet! Congrats!
Read about Sarrell Dental Center's community, facility, and more:
Today we're highlighting Valley View Health Center in Chehalis, Washington. Valley View recruited a dentist through 3RNet! Congrats!
Read about Valley View Health Center's community, facility, and more:
Our members know their organizations. Learn more about the Department of Veterans Affairs from VA employee and 3RNet member Julieann Torres. The VA is a unique 3RNet member, offering jobs across the country. Learn more about what makes the VA unique (and a great place to work):
Our members know their states! Learn what scenic South Dakota has to offer from our member, Jill.
Our members know their states! Stacy Kusler, our North Dakota member, helps unveil the mysteries surrounding North Dakota (including what is lefse, their boast of more shoreline than California, and whether they have running water -- spoiler: they do!) in our latest blog post:
PracticeLink surveyed their database of both active and passive candidates and found physicians and advance practice providers want the following 10 things from physician recruiters... READ MORE
Our members know their states! Learn what makes the blue skies and broad spaces of Montana the best from our member, Terri!
Our members know their states! Hear from Wyoming 3RNet member, Eileen Dinneen, about what makes this very rural state so wonderful to call home.
Our members know their states! Stacee Reed, our Oregon 3RNet member, shares what she loves about her beautiful Pacific-Northwest state.
Our members know their states! This week we're hearing from our newest 3RNet member: the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, about what makes their small state great.
On January 7, 2019, 3RNet will say, ‘Farewell, friend!’ to one of our long-time members: Wisconsin’s long-time organizational member Randy Munson. Randy is set to retire at the beginning of the New Year after recruiting physicians for 30 years! Randy has recruited physicians in a private firm (Milwaukee), as an in-house recruiter (University of Wisconsin Health/Physicians Plus Medical Group-Madison), and since 1990 with the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health. Over his career, he has also served as the Wisconsin 3RNet member since our inception in 1995 and has served two terms on 3RNet’s board.
We put our experts to the test to find out what makes Mississippi a great place to live and work. We are fortunate to have two perspectives from the Magnolia state: our Mississippi 3RNet member, Kara M. Aldridge, 3RNet Mississippi member; and one of her in-state partners, Janice Sherman, CEO, Community Health Center Association of Mississippi. Together, Kara and Janice tell us more about what they know and love about the state they call home.
Today we're highlighting My Community Dental Centers in Marquette, Michigan. My Community Dental Centers recruited a dentist, Dr. Kozeluh (who also added to our conversation) through 3RNet! Congrats!
Read more about My Community Dental Centers’ community, facility, and what they believe makes them successful in their recruitment efforts:
We’re celebrating National Rural Health Day and the #PowerOfRural by celebrating rural facilities who have been successful in their recruitment efforts. Recruiting health care providers can be a challenge—especially in rural areas. We’re recognizing rural facilities for their recruitment excellence!
Today we're highlighting Syringa Hospital & Clinics in Grangeville, Idaho. Syringa Hospital & Clinics recruited a family medicine physician assistant through 3RNet! Congrats!
Read more about Syringa Hospital & Clinics’ community, facility, and what they believe makes them successful in their recruitment efforts:
Today we're highlighting Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital recruited a family medicine physician through 3RNet! Congrats!
Read more about Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital’s community, facility, and what they believe makes them successful in their recruitment efforts:
Today we're highlighting North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay, Oregon. North Bend Medical Center has recruited several professionals through 3RNet in the past year! Congrats!
Read more about North Bend Medical Center’s community, facility, and what they believe makes them successful in their recruitment efforts:
Today we're highlighting South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. South Peninsula Hospital recruited a physical therapist through 3RNet! Congrats!
Read more about South Peninsula Hospital’s community, facility, and what they believe makes them successful in their recruitment efforts:
Today we're highlighting Shawnee Health Service in Carterville, Illinois. Shawnee Health Service recruited a dentist through 3RNet! Congrats!
Read more about Shawnee Health Service’s community, facility, and what they believe makes them successful in their recruitment efforts:
Our members know their states! This week we hear from our unique membership model in Arizona with THREE members! Ana, Rebecca, and Lourdes share what they know and love about Arizona.
Service is something that comes naturally to our Pennsylvania member, Judd. Which made him a natural fit to receive our Kennedy-Kafer Service Award in 2018.
Our members know their states! This week we hear from Olivette Burroughs and Ashley Clark, our Virginia members, about what they know and love about VA!
Ever wonder what living and working in the Lone Star state would be like? Our Texas member, Anita Mitchell, shares some local insights about the great state of Texas!
New Hampshire is a wonderful place to stay, work and play, and the commitment to a robust and healthy workforce starts at the top. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu declared Healthcare Workforce Recruitment Day in a proclamation read at the Bi-State Recruitment & Retention Conference held in Concord.
We support J-1 physicians by providing information, through a partnership we have formed with ACP and immigration attorney Robert Aronson, and through our 3RNet members.
Oregon offers mountains and streams, deserts and valleys, coastline and beaches, forest and dunes, towns, ranches and cities. Oregon offers a variety of provider incentives from loan repayment and forgiveness to rural provider tax credits and medical professional liability insurance subsidies.
Colorado has several incentives for health care providers. It's also full of adventure! Read more about how you can work hard, play hard, in Colorado!
We’re celebrating National Rural Health Day and the #powerofrural by celebrating rural facilities who have been successful in their recruitment efforts. Recruiting health care providers can be a challenge—especially in rural areas. So, we're recognizing rural facilities for their recruitment excellence! Today we're highlighting McKenzie River Clinic in Blue River, Oregon. McKenzie River Clinic was able to recruit a Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner through 3RNet! Congrats!
If you’ve ever tried to recruit physicians for a rural opportunity, you would surely get a kick out of the CW show Hart of Dixie.
The show focuses on Dr. Zoe Hart (played by Rachel Bilson), a young physician who just finished a heart surgery residency in New York City. When her plans to practice as a surgeon in the big city fall through...
Three years ago, I pitched my ideas around behavioral health integration to Providence Community Health Center Inc.’s (PCHC) newly hired Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Saal. Given that PCHC’s patients are served in the largest urban, multi-site, multi-lingual health centers, there are many barriers to health and care that can impact behavioral health.
Jai Medical Center uses programs like NHSC and the J1 Waiver program, along with posting their health care job opportunities on 3RNet, as ways to make their recruitment efforts more competitive on a national basis. Their hard work has been paying off! JMC has successfully recruited two pediatricians through 3RNet that will be joining their practice this summer.
We took a few minutes to ask Michelle Varcho, our Director of Education Outreach and Operations, about her role with 3RNet, why providing recruitment and retention education is her expertise, and why it's also her passion.
You can view a full version of this graphic that includes our Academy results here.
What is 3RNet able to accomplish through our members and our website? We've compiled the latest stats into our 2015-2016 Annual Report
The Fredric Moskol 3RNet Leadership Award is presented at 3RNet’s annual conference to a person who possesses outstanding leadership abilities, supports the mission of 3RNet, responds compassionately to the healthcare needs of rural and underserved populations, and does so with a collaborative and compassionate spirit. This year’s recipient, Jerry Harrison, embodies all of these traits above and beyond.
Last Tuesday, 3RNet held its first ever Recruiting for Retention Academy webinar, titled “Laying the Ground Work”. Here are the top five takeaways.
Interested in practicing or working on Washington State? Our Washington 3RNet member reached out to a couple facilities throughout the state and asked them to share a bit about themselves and the work they do for their communities.
Learn more about how TACHC adds value to Texas. Click through to read the entire blog post.
Tennessee is a great place to work, live, and play! Tennessee is an awesome place to hang your HAT. Music is a great part of the State’s History, but we have so much more to offer. Looking for a great place to raise your kids, Tennessee is here. Looking for fun activities for the family such as...
There are several state and federal incentive programs in Nebraska which are used to address health care provider shortages. Each of the incentive programs offer significant resource assistance to help recruit and retain health care providers in underserved areas.
We've compiled Annual Survey responses from all 53 3RNet organizational members and the result is our 2014-2015 Annual Report!
Here are five of our favorite highlights from the report:
Read the full blog post to learn more!
Recently in conversations with member Community Health Centers across the state, there has been an interesting trend in former Mainers “coming home,” looking to come back to the state they grew up in to raise families, rediscover nature, or give back to the state that gave them so much.
We continue to promote job openings across the state for several aspects of the medical field. A simple search of Maine’s current openings reveal openings ranging from CEO of Sacopee Valley Health Center, an hour outside of Portland (recently voted one of America’s coziest cities) to a physician of family medicine in Harrington, one of the many “Downeast” towns that allow access to Maine’s scenic coast.
Since 2012, when the Indian Health Service (IHS) became an organizational partner, we have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with 3RNet National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network.
IHS and 3RNet share the common mission of engaging primary health care professionals and helping them to find jobs in rural and underserved areas throughout the country. Our national identity and marketing brand blends seamlessly with the mission and vision of 3RNet.
Interested in Wyoming? Read below to learn more about opportunities across Wyoming through the Wyoming Primary Care Association.
Attention facilities! Do you promote these strengths when talking with candidates? Use these tips from our Pennsylvania member, Judd Mellinger-Blouch, to make the most of how you advertise your jobs and facility!
The competition to recruit physicians and other providers is fierce and getting fiercer. Large health systems have an advantage because they offer bigger salaries and more resources. But 3RNet members and their affiliated health facilities have advantages.
Besides being husband and wife, Annika and Geoff Maly are family medicine residents set to Work, Play and Live in Oregon beginning September 2016. Here are the experiences and insights they’ve shared on what led them here.
Mikaila Holt is the manager of the itinerant Public Health Nurse team based out of the Fairbanks, Alaska, Public Health Center. She leads a team of four itinerant public health nurses that cover the 32 villages and communities of Alaska’s interior region.
2015 was another busy year for 3RNet! Here’s a recap of some big accomplishments we saw over the past year.
It's always great to hear when our members work closely with other organizations in their states who share our mission. One example of an outstanding partnership comes from our member in Arizona. We spent some time with the three entities that work together in the Grand Canyon state to find out more about the importance of partnering.
We're heading to Portland, OR next week (August 31 - September 3) for the 2015 Rural Health Summit, 3RNet's 2015 Annual Conference.
Congratulations! You’ve finished medical school and are on to your next step toward becoming a practicing physician.
You’re probably excited; there is a lot of ‘new’ in your life right now: New adventure, maybe a new city, and of course lots of new things to learn. Don’t fret – we are here to help!
Members are the heart of 3RNet's national network. This highlight of our associate member in Texas, Texas Association of Community Health Centers, comes to us from TACHC's employee and dedicated 3RNet member Anita Mitchell.
The candidate pool of new primary care physicians seeking rural practice opportunities is small. Honing in on the attributes most likely to predict a candidate’s affinity for rural practice is critical to recruiting the right person for a long career in your community.
Like many of our members, our Nebraska member Tom Rauner (in addition to his role as a 3RNet member) wears many ‘hats’ in his day-to-day professional life. Tom shared with us a unique example of several responsibilities coming together to improve health care in Nebraska through his work with a longtime partner, Rebecca Rayman.
We had the pleasure of engaging in a "Q & A" with Ann Cranford, Our Tennessee member and a 3RNet board member. Ann shared so much with us - from what's new in Tennessee to what's to be part of 3RNet and serve on our board.
A place of humble farmers and tight-knit families, rural Kansas normally receives little attention. But a hard-working doctor may be bucking the trend. Jennifer Brull, M.D., has practiced in Plainville, population 2,000, for 11 years, and in that time, has garnered numerous national honors.
We can hardly believe it - we've been blogging for a whole year! We're looking back on a great year of telling our story and looking forward to many more blog posts!
From our organizational member, Indian Health Service, read more about IHS' relationship with 3RNet and how they benefit from belonging to our national network.
This blog post comes to us from our Pennsylvania member, Judd Mellinger-Blouch. Judd discusses his work in partnering with a key organization in his state, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP).
We thought, what better way to kick off 20 years of 3RNet than by sharing some insights from our Executive Director, Mike Shimmens! Mike started with 3RNet as a member himself, and grew with the organization through the years until in 2012 he was hired to replace Tim Skinner.
This type of innovation has been at the forefront of two recent projects in Florida and South Dakota. Our member in these two states saw an opportunity to provide better service, but instead of trying to create a project completely from scratch, they leaned on 3RNet to help create efficiencies and ultimately get the projects done
Morehouse Community Medical Centers, Inc., is looking for a dentist to start a brand new practice that would serve their three regular clinic sites, two school-based sites, and a mobile dental site that cover two rural areas in north-central Louisiana.
2014 was quite the transitional year for 3RNet! We thought the best way to summarize all the changes our organization has seen was to compile this “top 10” list. So, here it is…the top 10 things 3RNet accomplished in 2014:
Oklahoma…where the wind blows? We’d rather think of Oklahoma how our OK member, Alison Williams, does: the best of both worlds.
3RNet welcomes three new directors to its nine-member board. Sticking with tradition, the board transitioned both outgoing and incoming members at 3RNet’s Annual Conference in September. At a recent meeting the board named officers, including Tom Rauner from Nebraska being selected as the president-elect.
Scott Rollett works for a Federally Qualified Health Center with five locations in south central Indiana. He spent a few minutes telling us how he works with Indiana’s 3RNet member, the Indiana Primary Health Care Association, and why that relationship is so important for the facilities he helps staff.
Our Hawaii member, Scott Daniels, let us pick his brain about rural health, his leadership roles, and of course we had to ask a question or two about the great state of Hawaii. Learn more about Scott and how he works to improve rural health in a very unique state!
One of our favorite is getting to meet health professionals in all stages of training and practice who know (or are learning) about who 3RNet is and what we do. We had the chance to reconnect with one such professional, Ifedolapo Sulyman Olanrewaju. Ifedolapo, or “Dolapo” had already heard of 3RNet, but stopped by our booth anyway. Not only did he get some more great information that will help him as he searches for a job, he is the lucky recipient of the $250 gift card we gave away for this event!
November 20 marks an important event for those of us in the ‘rural health world’ – National Rural Health Day. Started by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), National Rural Health Day is a day where we want to recognize the importance of rural and celebrate the good things happening in rural areas.
Dr. Mark Deutchman, professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is a great role model for anyone interested in practicing medicine in a rural area. We spent a few minutes with him and asked him some questions about why he is so passionate about rural health care.
We exhibited at the AAFP Scientific Assembly last week in Washington, D.C. We had such a great time we had to put together a list of some highlights!
Melissa Candelaria was the recipient of the Kennedy-Kafer Service Award, a new award presented at 3RNet's annual conference in honor of recently retired 3RNet employees Nikki Kennedy-Kafer and Jerry Kafer.
National Health Service Corps is celebrating Corps Community Day on October 9, and we are excited to help them promote this event. Corps Community Day is a day to celebrate the impact of the NHSC on improving access to health care and highlighting the importance of the primary care workforce as a whole.
The 2014 recipient of the Fred Moskol award is Mary Amundson, who works for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota.
Mary has made dozens of contributions to rural health, specifically recruitment and retention efforts. Her achievements go far beyond her home state of North Dakota. Mary has had a nationwide impact with her work. She has been the Primary Care Office Director for North Dakota since 1989 and was a member of 3RNet at its inception in 1995.
We spent last week in Denver, Colorado for our 19th annual conference with many 3RNet members, partners, sponsors, and others interested in recruitment and retention efforts for rural and underserved areas across the country.
To recap this wonderful event, we’ve put together a list of “Six of our Favorite Things from our 2014 Annual Conference”
3RNet is hosting its 19th Annual Conference for members, partners, and professionals interested in recruitment and retention efforts in rural and underserved areas next week in beautiful Denver, Colorado. The conference will take place September 16-18, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Denver, and will feature several national experts on topics related to recruiting and retaining health care professionals.
María ‘’Pía’’ Castillo Trujillo, a second year Family Medicine resident at the University of Washington, is the recipient of the $250 gift card from 3RNet’s booth at the AAFP National Conference in Kansas City August 7-9. Conference attendees who registered on 3RNet.org were entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card, and Pía was randomly selected. Congrats, Pía!
We spent a few minutes with Jacob Parsons, our new 3RNet member for the state of South Dakota, to learn more about his role in recruiting and retaining health professionals to South Dakota and what he's looking forward to as a 3RNet member.
3RNet is exhibiting at the 2014 AAFP National Conference in Kansas City this week. Here are six reasons why you should make sure and take the time to visit us (booths 1832, 1833, & 935)!
We spent a few minutes visiting with Jen about her role as Ohio’s 3RNet member, working to support health care in Ohio through recruitment and retention, and what makes Ohio unique.
3RNet will be returning to Kansas City August 7th-9th for the annual AAFP National Conference. Stop by booths 1832 and 1833 to learn more about how 3RNet members can be your trusted resource for loan repayment information, the J-1 Visa Waiver process, and rural and underserved jobs.
Congratulations new medical residents! We've compiled a list of five things you should keep in mind as you take the next step in your career and begin your residency.
3RNet’s newest member, Stacy Kusler, is already hard at work serving the rural and underserved residents of North Dakota.
The Federal Virginia State Loan Repayment Program (VA-SLRP) is a federal grant. VA-SLRP grants participants educational loan repayment in exchange for at least two (2) years of service in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in Virginia.
There's more to explore in Montana! If you’ve considered working and playing in Big Sky Country, you know there’s more to consider than spectacular views and an abundance of wildlife. That’s where MHA – An Association of Montana Healthcare Providers comes in.
Boone County, Nebraska has achieved eliminating their status as a health professional shortage area. Read about their experience and how our Nebraska 3RNet member, Tom Rauner, has played a part in helping ensure Boone County has access to health care.
We are excited to announce a brand new resource, the 3RNet Career and Life Planning Portal, powered by Adventures in Medicine. This new portal is full of hundreds of validated, tested, quality resources that have been designed by Adventures in Medicine, and tailored by 3RNet. Each and every one of these interactive resources is now available to all 3RNet members, through their existing membership.
The Top Six Communication Cues That A Physician Candidate Will Be a Great Fit for Your Practice.
Minnesota promotes health care initiatives aimed at preparing for population health management. At the state level, Minnesota is working to create a progressive health care environment through collaboration between providers, payers, and the state.
When it comes to health care reform, Minnesota is proactive. Why? Minnesotans understand the importance of providing quality health care and mandating advances such as electronic health records. If you are a progressive provider and want to work in an innovative state, check out the Minnesota job postings and come work in Minnesota.
The New Mexico Annual Health Provider Retreat is taking place June 5-7, 2014 in Taos. This New Mexico-specific continuing education conference is designed as a retention initiative for health professionals practicing in rural and underserved areas of the state. The conference addresses a wide variety of interests to medical, dental and health administrative professionals working in New Mexico.
We had a great time exhibiting at the American College of Physicians’ Internal Medicine 2014 conference in Orlando, Florida April 10-12!
We had many questions about Internal Medicine jobs across the country and J1 Visas. We've compiled a short synopsis of (in general) the answers and information we were able to share.
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Nebraska has many options if you’re considering working in a rural or underserved area. We’ve compiled information on several pertinent recruitment and retention topics from the Nebraska Office of Rural Health’s website including information on:
Ruth James, MD, MPH, knew she wanted to work in an underserved area. With the help of the New Hampshire 3RNet member, BiState Primary Care Association, Dr. James was able to easily and comfortably reach that goal. Read about her experience finding the job she wanted through 3RNet.
There are several unique programs if you are interested in working in Kansas' rural or underserved areas.
Tom Tucker is the first recipient of the Fred Moskol Leadership Award presented at the 3RNet Annual Conference in St. Louis.
Learn more about Fredric E. Moskol, for whom the 3RNet Leadership Award is named.
We are pleased to announce 3RNet now offers a mobile website! When you access 3RNet.org on a mobile phone, you will be seamlessly directed to the mobile site. On the mobile site, you can: