Providing Services for the Underserved in Rural Idaho
The challenge of access to healthcare
The federal government designates Health Professional Shortage Areas for communities with a shortage of providers for primary care, dental health, or mental health. The shortage designations may include geographic areas, population groups, or facilities.
Health services contribute significantly to disease prevention and management and play a vital role in supporting state and local economies. In Idaho, the average physician directly and indirectly supports an estimated 12 jobs and generates approximately $1.9 million in economic benefits.
Source: Idaho Health and Welfare Rural Health and Underserved