Report Details Rural Health Care Challenges

A new report details the challenges involved in providing health care to rural communities in Alaska.

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The study concludes there is a lack of professional expertise in the state’s smaller communities.

The report – called “Alaska’s Community Capacity Review: A Statewide Public Health System Assessment” – also notes that an aging health care workforce is a challenge as well.

State health promotion manager Jayne Andreen, who worked on the report, says there’s a need for mentors to counter an aging workforce.

The report says northern and southwest regions of the state are most lacking in health care providers.

The report was released October 1st. It is based on a performance review of the public health system earlier this year.