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Welcome to Alabama’s Rural Health Recruitment and Retention website. In 2007, our agency began a free recruitment assistance service for rural and underserved communities in Alabama. Since that time, over 45 primary care professionals have been assisted with placements in rural Alabama. Many are participating in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program. And, no placement fees are ever charged for this service.

We target small, rural hospitals; rural health clinics; and federally qualified health centers; and encourage these facilities to complete the Opportunity Entry Form. Primary health care physicians, (including psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, and general surgeons), dentists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are encouraged to complete a Candidate Interview Form.


Approximately 44% of all Alabama residents live in rural areas. Most of these rural areas are considered health professional shortage areas. Our mission is to improve access to health care providers for residents in these underserved rural communities. The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health is responding to the critical shortage of health care providers in rural Alabama by creating a free medical placement service within our office. Our medical placement staff is here to assist communities in the recruitment of primary care physicians, dentists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

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