The St. Johns River Rural Health Network recognizes that this is a priority issue to recruit and retain healthcare providers/ professionals. 

Rural areas generally have less access to healthcare than their urban counterparts. Fewer medical practitioners, mental health programs and healthcare facilities in these areas often mean less preventative care and longer response times in emergencies. The lack of healthcare workers has resulted in unconventional ways of delivering healthcare to our rural communities, including medical consultations by phone or internet as well as mobile preventative care and treatment programs.

There have been increased efforts to attract health professionals to isolated locations, such as:

  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dentists
  • Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • Family Physicians
  • General Surgeons
  • IM/Ped
  • Internal Medicine Physicians
  • Medical Directors
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatricians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses