Mission: 3RNet works to improve rural and underserved communities’ access to quality health care through recruitment of physicians and other health care professionals, development of community based recruitment and retention activities and national advocacy relative to rural and underserved health care workforce issues.
3RNet is the national leader for community-based health professional recruitment and retention, using interactive technologies and communication.
Results: In the past, 3RNet has not participated in fundraising so this is a new venture. Currently, 3RNet is developing a new website, which will assist members and the populations they serve reach physicians and other healthcare professionals who may be interested in underserved communities. Access to quality care is not possible without physicians or other providers. The new website will enable better matching of candidates and communities, while being more effective at retention of those professionals.
Target demographics: As mentioned, 3RNet works towards improving access to health care in designated underserved areas. These are primarily rural, although some members assist urban underserved communities. Needs assessments in designated shortage areas define demographics of populations, which would include all ages, low income populations and different community health needs.
Direct beneficiaries per year: The 11% of the US population living in rural underserved communities and those in underserved urban communities. Including a specific number is difficult since it would be well in excess of 3,000,000, which gives the appearance of over-estimating.
Geographic areas served: United States and Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI)
Programs: 3rnet maintained a national advertising campaign in five print journals and conference brochures, six websites, three social media sites, and exhibits at various conferences for practicing physicians, medical students and residents, and other providers. Additionally, 3rnet participated in rural health roundtables, webinars, conferences, forums, and meetings. 3rnet presents a unified presence of its 49 state members and 4 non-state members at these gatherings and via its website. 3rnet hosts a website as a tool for managing candidates and community profiles in an online database. The website provides to members the number of registrations for a given period of time, sorted by various fields such as specialty, visa or citizenship status, source of learning of 3rnet, and others. Social media continues to drive traffic to the website. However, most new registrations come from sources other than social media. The 3rnet website remains the only secure, non-profit website that helps rural and underserved communities. "users" to the website are physicans, other medical providers, and health professionals seeking positions in rural and under-served areas in the united states. 3rnet currently have 45,675 active candidates registered on its website. Candidates have access to complete contact information for 3rnet members, community profiles, practice opportunities, and links to other valuable websites. Communities/facilities use the website to post practice opportunities and have the same contact information and links available to candidates. Additionally, 3rnet members have access to a resource library with documents and presentations for use in their state environments, as well as a directory of facilities that post opportunities, the opportunities that have been posted, and the entire candidate database.