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Fall 2019


The Rural AHEC Newsletter For Healthcare Professions Students

  What’s New? 


Mind-body Therapies Alleviate Pain in People Prescribed Opioids

Science Daily

A new study published Nov. 4, 2019, in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine details the first comprehensive look across the scientific literature at the role of mind-body therapies in addressing opioid-treated pain. The researchers found that certain mind-body therapies can reduce pain, as well as reduce opioid use, among patients treated with prescription opioids... Read more

Rural Healthcare Practice Insights 

Why should you consider practicing medicine in a rural community? 

In this series, we will explore the many reasons why health professions students like you should think about applying to positions in rural areas.


Rural Lifestyle Benefits released survey results that contain this list of benefits that make a rural lifestyle more attractive to physician recruits:
  • Slower pace of life
  • Greater feeling of safety for self and family
  • Less traffic and pollution
  • Shorter commutes
  • Equivalent or higher net income
  • Lower housing costs
  • Less competitive lifestyle
  • Closer proximity to outdoor recreational opportunities
  • Elevated status in community
  • Filling an obvious need 

Traci Marquis-Eydman, a family physician from Connecticut, reminds voters that government representatives are trying to ease the rural healthcare accessibility issue through legislation:

The federal Rural Physician Workforce Production Act would, if passed, provide funding so rural hospitals could hire more residents. Currently, 99% of graduate medical education funding goes to recipients in urban areas.

(Marquis-Eydman, Traci. Strong medicine is needed to solve America's rural health Crisis. 25 July, 2019. Accessed 12 November, 2019.)

Discussion continues in Fall Newsletter

Debt Relief Tips

Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Programs

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program

Offers primary care, dental, mental and behavioral health care providers the opportunity to have loans repaid in exchange for practicing in urban, rural or tribal communities with limited access to care.

Award Amounts:
Up to $50,000 for 2 years of full-time service (minimum of 40 hrs/wk, 45 wks/yr) at a NHSC approved site with a HPSA score of 14-26.

Up to $30,000 for 2 years of full-time service at a site with a HPSA score of 0-13.

Approved sites include:
o Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
o FQHC Look-Alike
o Rural Health Clinic
o Indian Health Service, Tribal, and Urban Indian Health Clinics (ITUs); and some Indian Health Services (IHS) hospls
o Hospital-affiliated Primary Care Outpatient Clinic
o Private Practice (Solo/Group)
o State or Federal Correctional Facility
o Other Health Facilities:
     - Community Mental Health Fac
     - Community Outpatient Facility
     - Critical Access Hospital
     - Free Clinic
     - ICE Health Service Corps
     - Mobile Unit
     - School-based Health program
     - State/Co Dept of Health Clinic

- With continued service, NHSC providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals
- Website: 

Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center

20 Duncan Street, Warsaw, New York 14569 
Check out our website for Current Healthcare Job Opportunities, Descriptions of our Programs, and much more… 

Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (R-AHEC) is one of nine centers in the New York State Area Health Education Center (NYSAHEC) System. Our mission is to improve health and healthcare through education.  

Acknowledgement: The NYSAHEC System is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Award titled Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program (U77). The content and information is solely the responsibility of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. 
This organization is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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