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Connecting Rural and Global Health Education for Workforce Development

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  • 1 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, North Carolina;
  • | 2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Asheville, North Carolina
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Healthcare workforce shortages are continuing to increase worldwide with more profound deficits seen in rural communities in both developed and developing countries. These deficits impede progress towards heath equity and global health initiatives including the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Medical training has supported the idea that having a rural background influences future practice in rural settings. With a majority of global health experiences taking place in rural settings, there is an opportunity for health profession programs to take advantage of expanding global health education to encourage future practice in rural settings and address inequalities in workforce distribution.

Author Notes

Address correspondence to David R. Steeb, 301 Pharmacy Lane, Campus Box 7574, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. E-mail: david_steeb@unc.edu

Authors’ addresses: David R. Steeb and Sarah A. Dascanio, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, E-mails: david_steeb@unc.edu and sarahdas@email.unc.edu. Stephanie N. Kiser, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Asheville, NC, E-mail: skiser92@email.unc.edu.

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