This week's theme/prompt is: Tails
We are to tell about a job we have had.
I gave 23 years of my life to state government. I worked for the Bureau for Public Health and was the director of the Division of Recruitment. We were charged with the recruitment and retention of physicians, mid-levels and nurses for our rural areas. In addition to recruitment and retention we administered three different loan repayment programs. The health professional would receive medical educational loan repayment in return for a two year obligation in a rural area. Do you remember the TV show "Northern Exposure"? This was the concept for these programs. We were also responsible for determining what areas of the state were classified as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUA). This was done by gathering data and following federal guidelines. Areas were updated annually. We also administered the J-1 Visa Waiver Program. This program afforded foreign medical graduates the opportunity to stay in this country and work provided they work in an underserved area. WOW, I can't believe I remembered that much detail!!!
The best part of my job was the people. I knew every hospital administrator and primary care clinic administrator in the state, worked closely with our three medical schools, had close working relationship with the federal offices in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. I also belonged to a national organization where I worked with my counterpart in all 50 states. These are the people I miss. I have only stayed in touch with a few. My biggest challenge with my job was trying to accomplish the goals of the program under the restraints of state government.
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