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Expanding the health workforce in Maryland's rural counties

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 11:03:02-04

On Thursday, the University of Maryland School of Medicine announced a new program that will address a critical shortage of healthcare providers in Maryland's rural counties.

This is part of a larger, national, multi-year initiative that is funded by Health Resources and Services Administration.

"Over the past 10 years the Eastern Shore's death rate increased almost 16 percent while the rest of Maryland fortunately declined 7 percent," said Frances Phillips of the Maryland Department of Health. "We've got some serious gaps in access on the Eastern Shore."

The goal is to provide areas with sustainable programs like family and internal medicine and psychiatry.