Areas of Minnesota, both rural and urban, have significant shortages of health care providers, especially in primary care. This shortage will only grow larger as the baby boomers grow older, both because they will retire from the health care workforce and they will require more health services themselves. As the provider of two-thirds of Minnesota’s health professionals, the University is committed to working with communities to find solutions that address provider shortages now and in the future. We are addressing the shortage through increasing enrollment as well as implementing creative programs that encourage students to consider working in underserved areas. Experience tells us that students who are from underserved areas and are educated in Minnesota are more likely to stay.
Brandt, Barbara F.; Cerra, Frank B..
Educating Minnesota's Future Health Professions Workforce: 2008 Update.
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