Rural communities, more than anywhere else in the state, lack access to quality mental health care. Distance and transportation are major hurdles to accessing care, especially for the elderly. On the other hand, establishing a rural practice location is often less appealing to practitioners, especially those with less experience. Inconsistent broadband coverage, aging technology, and the geographic distance from continuing education and professional development opportunities may isolate them from their professional networks and support systems.
Healthy Rural California, the Mental Health Task Force, and our partners throughout the region have formed a Graduate Medical Education (GME) consortium to create physician residency programs. These residency programs will address barriers to access and provide unique opportunities for physicians wanting to practice in the rural north state.
Click here to read more about our Graduate Medical Education efforts.