The National Center for Rural Health Professions

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The National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford strives to meet the health care needs of rural residents and their communities in Illinois, around the nation and throughout the world. Established in November of 2003 by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, the National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) is located on the campus o

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03/30/2024

Happy National Doctor's Day to all of our inspiring RMED Alumni and the dedicated community physician preceptors who are shaping the future of healthcare! RMED Program - University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford

03/29/2024

🎉Its National Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Week (but as the federally-funded state Program Office for AHEC, we like to celebrate the Illinois AHEC Network all year long)!!
As part of our statewide effort-the National Center supports 9 regional AHEC centers that do incredible work for underserved and rural communities all across Illinois to better prepare students for careers in healthcare and support retaining critical health care workers in places of most need! It’s an amazing program that we have the privilege of leading since 2010! 🎉

For more about ALL of the urgent work done by our amazing AHEC Center Directors and host sites check out our website
https://ilahec.uic.edu/regional-centers/

National AHEC Organization

03/28/2024

✨Exciting news for NCRHP! ✨
The Illinois Innovation Network awarded a $40,000 grant for a collaborative project entitled Using a Virtual Community of Practice to Build Capacity for Informal Cancer Caregivers in Rural Illinois. Principal investigators are Hana Hinkle, PhD, assistant dean for rural health professions and director of the National Center for Rural Health professions at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford; Tamara Hamlish, PhD, a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago and a member of the University of Illinois Cancer Center; and M. Courtney Hughes, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Health and Human Services at Northern Illinois University.

Rural Health Careers Camp - NCRHP 03/27/2024

Applications are still being accepted for high school students from rural communities to attend the 2024 Rural Health Careers Camp! The three-day overnight camp introduces at least 15 different healthcare professions to the campers. For more information and for the application, visit this webpage:

Rural Health Careers Camp - NCRHP Are you interested in learning about job opportunities in the healthcare field? Do you need help preparing for the college application process? Are you looking to meet other high school students with similar interests to yours? The Rural Health Careers Camp can help you with all this and more.

Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 03/26/2024

It's National AHEC Week this week! The mission of the HRSA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program is to enhance access to quality healthcare,
particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare
professionals through community/academic educational partnerships.

The NCRHP is the program office that administers the program and works with the nine regional directors located throughout Illinois. We have been the program office since 2010.

Check out all the great work AHEC has done nationally in the attached pictures. We are all working together to improve the national healthcare workforce!

Rural Health Experience - NCRHP 03/20/2024

Are you interested in learning first-hand about rural healthcare? Apply to complete a Rural Health Experience (RHE)! The RHE provides a 3 - 5 day shadowing experience in a rural hospital to learn how healthcare is delivered in rural communities. For more information and for the application link, visit this webpage:

Rural Health Experience - NCRHP The Rural Health Experience (RHE) program is an innovative opportunity for health professions students to observe rural healthcare providers and their communities.

Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 03/18/2024

Many thanks to the East Central IL AHEC located at Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services (GAHHS) in Gibson City, IL for leading the Central IL Virtual Healthcare Symposium on Friday, March 8, 2024 to our first-year RMED students. The students were able to meet with hospital administration, physicians, and other healthcare professionals over Zoom to learn about rural healthcare in Central IL. They were able to meet the hospital CEO, Rob Schmitt, who provided a great overview of the hospital's service area and the services provided by GAHHS. In addition, Dr. David Hagan gave an informative presentation on rural health disparities. In addition, the students met with a dentist, an interventional radiologist, members of the behavioral health team, and members of the pharmacy. All shared their career journeys, what services they provide in their department, and how they work with physicians to provide healthcare to residents in their region.

It was a great virtual session where students learned a lot about rural health in Central IL!

Photos from University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford's post 03/16/2024

Congratulations to our RMED Class of 2024 students who all matched! 🥳

Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 03/15/2024

Today is Match Day, where 4th year medical students across the country find out where they will spend the next 3-5 years of their medical career. It was ANOTHER amazing day for RMED where 100% of our students matched to their top choice for their residency program! We couldn’t be prouder of our amazing students, and our RMED faculty and staff who helped them reach their incredible goals!

Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 03/14/2024

What an impressive way to celebrate Pi(e) Day here on campus! RMED students stopped by on their study breaks to grab a couple flavors and smile for the camera. Yum!

03/13/2024

Match Day 2024
March 15, 2024
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

We can’t wait to celebrate our RMED students’ next chapter in their medical training!

Fourth-year medical students around the nation will receive their envelopes containing the information about where they have matched for residency training at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 15. Students with the UICOMR Class of 2024 will share their match results as a part of this national event on the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford.

Here is a link to the ceremony: Join Zoom Meeting
https://lnkd.in/gwRaDvUw

Meeting ID: 817 9788 9028
Passcode: MatchDay24

Rural Health Careers Camp - NCRHP 03/12/2024

Are you still planning your rural high school student's summer? Is your high school student interested in healthcare? If so, apply to the 2024 Rural Health Careers Camp! This three-day overnight camp introduces a wide variety of healthcare professions to all campers! For more information and for the application link visit this webpage:

Rural Health Careers Camp - NCRHP Are you interested in learning about job opportunities in the healthcare field? Do you need help preparing for the college application process? Are you looking to meet other high school students with similar interests to yours? The Rural Health Careers Camp can help you with all this and more.

Rural Health Experience - NCRHP 03/07/2024

Are you a junior or senior undergraduate student deciding on which type of healthcare career would be best for you? Apply to complete a Rural Health Experience (RHE) where you can shadow rural healthcare professionals for 3 - 5 days to learn more about all the possibilities. For more information and for the application link, visit this webpage:

Rural Health Experience - NCRHP The Rural Health Experience (RHE) program is an innovative opportunity for health professions students to observe rural healthcare providers and their communities.

Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 03/04/2024

Planning our annual Senior Dinner is always bittersweet, since it officially marks the beginning of the end of medical school for the RMED Class of 2024. This year, we welcomed our seniors to Franchesco's Ristorante in Rockford for a special dinner and tractor presentation ceremony that was very well-attended and enjoyed by all! Dean Hinkle, Dr. Fess, and Dean Alex Stagnaro-Green proudly handed each graduating RMED student their certificates of completion and model tractors that we know will be cherished and hopefully put on display in their rural practices for many years to come. The chocolate tractors we also included at each place setting was another special addition we added this year that was worth remembering! We are still looking forward to making more memories in the next couple of weeks with the Class of 2024. Next up... Match Day!

03/03/2024
Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 02/27/2024

These RMED students had the sweetest study break when Samson the Comfort Dog visited campus. The smiles say it all… he’s welcome back to hand out snuggles to our hardworking students anytime!

Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 02/23/2024

RHP 3 students, along with RPharm students and graduate students in Nutrition and Dietetics at NIU, completed interprofessional patient simulations from 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at the UICOMR campus. The simulations allow the students to practice interacting with simulation patients (sim patients) as well as collaborate with other healthcare professionals in training. This collaboration also emphasizes the interprofessional nature of healthcare where various healthcare professions work together to provide the best treatment possible to patients.

The sim patients are community members who have been trained to act as a patient reporting specific symptoms and behaviors. UICOMR faculty train the sim patients before the session. During the session, the sim patients interact with a group of students sharing their symptoms, diet, and current medications as learned during their training. The students, divided up into groups of three with a RMED, RPharm, and NIU Nutrition & Dietetics student in each, all take turns interviewing their assigned sim patient. From their interviews, each group then develops a care plan together to provide comprehensive treatment to their sim patient.

Through this experience, the students are able to understand the dynamics of working as a member of an interprofessional healthcare team, participate in the process of patient interviewing as well as observe how other healthcare professions interview and assess patients, and complete a patient case summary with diagnosis along with members of an interprofessional healthcare team.

02/22/2024

Here is some exciting news for the National Center! An interview with Hana Hinkle, PhD, director of the National Center for Rural Health Professions, and Addie Billington, a fourth-year medical student in UICOMR’s Rural Medical Education Program, will air on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday, March 4th. The segment focuses on rural health care and the NCRHP’s Native American Pathway Program. Billington recently completed a rotation at Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Tune in to Good Morning America on Monday, March 4th, and also check back here for a link to the segment after it airs!

6-Week Summer Preceptorship - NCRHP 02/22/2024

Are you a health major looking for more in-person experience? Do you enjoy working on a team? Would you like to help improve a community? If so, apply to the 2024 Six-Week Interprofessional Preceptorship. It is being held at two rural Illinois locations and is an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about rural healthcare and make a difference in a rural community. For more information and for the application, visit this webpage:

6-Week Summer Preceptorship - NCRHP The Rural Interprofessional Health Professions Summer Preceptorship is a full time, paid rural immersion program for health professions students.

Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 02/21/2024

The RHP 1 students took over the Partners' Pavilion and Commons in the evening on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. To help learn how community stakeholders interact to improve healthcare in a rural community, the students broke up into two groups to play RePlay Health, https://www.replayhealth.com/.

RePlay Health is a role-playing game where players must balance performing physical activities to score points with trying to monitor and improve their character's health. It fosters player empathy and understanding for the many major decision points in the healthcare system.

RePlay Health provides a model of a simplified and abstracted health care system that acts as a vehicle for player chosen initiatives and changes to that system. In addition to a fun minute-to-minute play experience, the game allows players quickly and simply experience the state of our healthcare system, and the options we can pursue to change it. Through their decisions, players can interact with the causes and effects of big “what if” questions in healthcare. What if we paid healthcare providers differently? What if our hospitals ran more efficiently? What if everyone only went to the ER when they actually needed emergency care?

The RHP 1 students really enjoyed playing the game and their results will be posted on the RePlay Health's website!

Annual Scholarly Intensive – The RTT Collaborative 02/20/2024

Check out this event by The RTT Collaborative - New!

Annual Scholarly Intensive – The RTT Collaborative Click Here to Register for the February Seminar Click Here to Register for the June Seminar Click Here to Register for the September Seminar View resources from Scholarly Intensive 2022View resources from Scholarly Intensive 2023  

02/15/2024

The National Center for Rural Health Professions is accepting applications for the following summer pipeline programs:

High School Students:

The 2024 Rural Health Careers Camp happens June 24 -26, 2024 for rising freshman, sophomore and junior high school students living in rural communities.

College Students:

The 2024 Six-Week Preceptorship Program is being offered at two locations.

Rural Health Experience details and application can be found online.

Visit https://ncrhp.uic.edu/programs/experiences/ for more information.

Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 02/15/2024

It’s been a great few days in Washington DC with fellow partners from across Illinois sharing the story of and supporting policy efforts to advance the critical work that is done every day in small communities all across the country!
Special Congratulations to Pat Schou, Executive Director of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, who received this year’s Advocacy Award from National Rural Health Association! Pat has been a long-time advisor and member of the RMED recruitment and retention committee and the National Center.
The RTT Collaborative - New
Pana Community Hospital
Memorial Hospital in Carthage, IL
ICAHN - Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
Gibson Area Hospital
Massac Memorial Hospital
Jersey Community Hospital
Wabash General Hospital
Franklin Hospital

Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 02/14/2024

Happy Valentine’s Day from the NCRHP! We love a good reason to decorate. If you’re on campus today, please stop by for a Valentine from our staff! ❤️

02/09/2024

We are thrilled to introduce you another new memeber to our great team-Welcome Julie Tackett, Health Professions Education Program Coordinator! In this role Julie will coordinate the Rural Health Professions program and provide support for students! Julie has extensive experience in higher education and holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University.

Learn more about Julie here:

Hello, I am very excited to join the amazing staff at the National Center for Rural Health Professionals as the Health Professions Education Program Coordinator. I bring to this position several years of experience working in sustainable agriculture education, higher education, and the medical field. I have always been a proponent for assisting others that want to make the world a better place.

I am a nature enthusiast and I love to hike. I enjoy teaching others about the many native plants, fauna, and insects that live within our region. In my free time, I will often help restore our prairies back to their natural ecosystems. I currently live in Rockford and have raised my two sons in this fabulous community. When I am not outside, you will find me listening to music or having fun and laughing with my friends and family.

I am proud to be a member of the National Center for Rural Health Professionals team.

"Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."- Carl Sagan

Rural Health Experience - NCRHP 02/07/2024

Are you exploring healthcare careers? Would you like to learn more about how healthcare is delivered in rural communities? Apply to complete a Rural Health Experience! For more information about the RHE and the application link, visit this webpage:

Rural Health Experience - NCRHP The Rural Health Experience (RHE) program is an innovative opportunity for health professions students to observe rural healthcare providers and their communities.

02/03/2024

Jessica McGuire, M.Ed., has been selected as the Assistant Director, Experiential Rural Training and Program Development!

Jessica has served as our RMED Program Coordinator and has extensive experience in education and leading clinical training experiences for students.

In this new role, which will be housed in the National Center, she will work with our RMED leadership team and the Office of Medical Education and Evaluation in maintaining and developing clinical teaching sites and faculty across multiple specialties in rural communities as well as other duties that support student experiences and RMED’s developing footprint in rural communities!

Congratulations on your new leadership role, Jessica!

Photos from The National Center for Rural Health Professions's post 02/01/2024

Special thanks to Emily Hawes PharmD, BCPS, CPP and Darin Bell, MD who presented to our RMED M3 students on their critical work in rural and underserved residency programs across the country! We so appreciate your gift of time and sharing your expertise with our students.
To learn more about their programs visit: ruralGME.org or https://rttcollaborative.net/rural-programs/residency-map/

The RTT Collaborative - New
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01/31/2024

We are so excited to introduce you to our new Office Support Specialist, Melissa Horton! Welcome to the NCRHP team!

Get to know more about Melissa:

I am a lifelong resident, born and raised in the northwest rural area of Rockford, IL. I have a love for the outdoors and nature. If there is an invite for an outdoor adventure, I am likely to say yes, unless it’s skydiving. I take a bold pass on that!
I am the proud mama to three wonderful daughters, as they are the joy to my heart! Now that they are closer to my age, they have shifted from my children to my friends, (but always my babies) each having their own wonderful personality.
In my quiet time, you can usually find me curled up with a book. Digital and audio books will do, but paper books are still a fav! I have a curiosity and dedication to personal growth, mostly through my faith and also through nutrition. Having a sister that battles cancer, I naturally want to be her biggest supporter in healing and so our whole food plant based journey began.
As far as my work and career, I began in the dental field in 1994 as a dental assistant. Over the course of the next thirty years, I moved into the positions of Dental Insurance Coordinator and Management. Around the time of Covid shutdowns in 2020, I felt like my life was shifting and change was needed. After a few years of seeking the perfect opportunity, in January 2024, I accepted a position at the UIC College of Medicine in Rockford, IL as the Office Support Specialist for the National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) and the Administrative Director for the Rural Training Training Track Collaborative (RTTC).
I make it my effort to be kind to everyone. I enjoy helping people and I love to learn!

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National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford strives to meet the health care needs of rural residents and their communities in Illinois, around the nation and throughout the world.

Certified by the Illinois Board of Higher Education since 2003, this University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford center has programs and collaborative partnerships that have become successful models for education, service, research and policy related to rural health involving multiple health professions. The NCRHP is home to the Illinois Area Health Education Centers Network (AHEC) Program, Student Pipeline Program, Native American Pathways Program, Global Health Partnership Program and the Rural Health Professions Program. Within the Rural Health Professions Program is supplemental education that trains medical, pharmacy, advanced practice nursing and behavioral health students. A new educational option in public health will enroll graduate students in 2018.

The NCRHP is also a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Medical Education and Primary Health Care.

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