A Community of Practice in Rural Health Research
The RTT Collaborative Annual Scholarly Intensive for Rural Programs – Online
Hosted by the RTTC and supported by Rural PREP with funding by HRSA*
12 Noon to 4 PM Eastern both days with an optional hour 4:00 to 5:00 PM on Friday
Thursday and Friday, Jan. 20 – 21, 2022
Meeting Agenda + Materials
Day One: Thursday, January 20, 2022
Welcome: Randall Longenecker, Executive Director, The RTT Collaborative (OH); Sharon Casapulla, Director of Microresearch (OH); Davis Patterson, Director WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, and Project Director, Rural PREP (WA); David Schmitz, Associate Director for Research, The RTT Collaborative (ND)
Jeff Hostetter, MD, MS, FAAFP, Program Director, UND Center for Family Medicine (ND)
Doing Research That Matters: Considerations for Excellence in Research Design and Implementation
Facilitated by Sharon Casapulla and Davis Patterson
- Davis Patterson (WA) Research-vs-Evaluation-vs-QI-for-distribution-Read-Only.pdf (1 MB pdf)
- Dakota Snustad, MSII (ND) and Kasey Roush, OMSII (OH) Perspectives from Medical Students Doing Research: Why and How? (3 MB pdf)
- William Phillips (WA) What Makes a Good Research Question? (658 KB pdf)
- Sharon Casapulla (OH) Considerations for Designing Research (2 MB pdf)
- Per Ostmo (ND) Research-Dissemination-Planning-for-Success.pdf (6 MB pdf)
Program Development: Promoting, Facilitating, and Funding Faculty Participation in Research
Facilitated by David Schmitz and Randy Longenecker
- William Phillips (WA) Creating a Culture of Inquiry for Faculty (3 MB pdf)
- Marc Basson (ND) Facilitating and Funding Faculty and Student Research in a Rural Community-Based Setting (208 KB pdf)
- Forming Partnerships and Teams for Rural Research Collaborations (Panel)
- Jeff Hostetter (ND) How to create practical scholarship opportunities that motivate busy residency faculty (740 KB pdf)
- Laura Morris (MO) FPIN (Family Practice Inquiry Network) as an example of utilizing pre-existing opportunities (10 MB pdf)
- Allison Kelliher (ND) Rural community engagement and steps to forming a new PBRN (6 MB pdf)
- David Schmitz (ND) Stone soup: leadership and facilitation of successes in faculty scholarships
Engaging with the Communities We Serve (Panel)
Facilitated by Randy Longenecker
In research, engagement with the community served occurs on a continuum, from research about the community, to research in the community, to research with members of the community. This facilitated panel presentation will briefly highlight the work of three researchers and community members who have engaged with a variety of communities in a variety of roles.
- Ruth Dudding, Health Educator, Developing a toolkit for community-engaged program evaluation (OH) Ruth-Dudding-RTT-Intensive-Final.pdf (3 MB pdf)
- Alison Kelliher, Engaging indigenous communities (ND)
- Melinda Davis, Oregon PBRN (OR) Creating community engaged practice research networks (11 MB pdf)
Day Two: Friday, January 21, 2022
Welcome: Randall Longenecker, Executive Director; David Schmitz, Associate Director for Research, The RTT Collaborative (ND)
Davis Patterson PhD, Rural PREP Project Director and Director, WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (WA)
Rural Health Research: Engaging the Community of Practice
Facilitated by Per Ostmo and Randy Longenecker
National Rural Health Research Centers: Bringing it Local: Two national researchers share how local level case studies complement and inform national research and vice versa
- Carrie Henning-Smith (MN): Making it Work: Models of Success in Rural Maternity Care and Providing Maternity Care in a Rural Northern Iowa Community (6 MB pdf)
- Yvonne Jonk (ME) 1.21.22-RTT-Ambulance-Deserts-Presentation.1.14.22.pdf (2 MB pdf) This two-year study aims to identify geographic disparities in accessing ambulance services by building a database of ambulance service locations in year one and identifying and creating maps of ambulance deserts within each of the states in year two.
Research Collaborations: Bringing Us Together
- Randy Longenecker (OH)
- An asynchronous presentation by successful microresearcher and current FM resident Paulius Mui from Front Royal Virginia, “Research Appetite: A novel approach to building research capacity in family medicine,” will be used to trigger an interactive session focused on sharing our personal experiences with research collaboration.
- Mark Deutchman (CO) Successful Collaborative Research From Concept to Publication (2 MB pdf)
- Author of two collaborations around who really goes into primary care and the family physician impact on rural maternity care will describe the rewards and challenges of successful collaborations among rural programs
- Randy Longenecker (OH)
Design and Dissemination Studio: Contributing to a Scholarly Community of PracticeDesign & Dissemination Studio: Contributing to a Scholarly Community of Practice Facilitators (1 MB pdf)
Facilitated by Davis Patterson and Dave Schmitz
Rural Residency Programs: Match Rates and Recruitment Strategies? (307 KB pdf) – (Completed Study)
Presented by Natalia Oster
- Rural family medicine residency programs can struggle to recruit residents, just as rural communities struggle to attract physicians. We analyzed rural and urban program match rates using data from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for a 25-year period between 1996 and 2020. We also interviewed rural residency coordinators to identify successful recruitment strategies. Residency coordinators reported that successful strategies to recruit residents to rural programs include highlighting the small-town connections that characterize rural life, practice, and training and collaborating with community members outside of health care to introduce rural applicants to the community.
Curricular-Factors-Influencing-Rural-Practice-Read-Only.pdf (10 MB pdf) – (Proposed Study)
Presented by Darin Bell
- As a rurally focused residency program, we are interested in identifying curricular or other training factors that correlate with increasing likelihood of rural practice after graduation; and if such factors exist, determining if they are independent of preexisting characteristics of residents. Secondarily, we are interested in which factors are most strongly correlated with longevity in rural practice. We have developed a series of surveys for incoming residents, graduating residents, and past graduates, to gather information on preexisting characteristics and other potential factors which may correlate with rural interest and practice location.
Establishing a Rural Research Learning Community: Is there interest and what would it take?
Town hall discussion facilitated by Randy Longenecker and Dave Schmitz
Thank you to everyone who joined us!
*This meeting is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UH1HP29966, Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement (AU-PCTE), 2016-2022. This information or content 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.