Status of Recruitment Resources and Strategies (SORRAS) Study (2006)

Beth Landon, MBA, MHA
Mariko Selle, BS
Janice Troyer, BS
Sanna Doucette, BA

This project is the result of interest and support generated from the SORRAS study of 2003-04. In 2003, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Primary Care and Rural Health Unit, contracted with the Alaska Center for Rural Health, University of Alaska Anchorage to conduct a statewide assessment of rural recruitment resources, strategies, and costs. In 2005, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Office of the Commissioner’s Health Planning and Systems Development Unit (previously called the “Primary Care and Rural Health Unit”), funded the Alaska Center for Rural Health (ACRH) to repeat the study, adding select urban facilities. ACRH collected data on strategies used by 80 hospitals, community health centers, and rural mental health centers to recruit physical, behavioral, and oral health providers. ACRH also documented the costs associated with recruiting these professionals. The analyzed information will allow the Department of Health and Human Resources and other Alaskan entities to identify strategies for better coordination and integration of rural recruitment practices.

Advisory Committee

  • Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority – Erika Wolter
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – Tim Gilbert and Carrie Agibinik
  • Alaska Primary Care Association – Marilyn Kasmar and Pat Fedrick
  • Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association – Randall Burns (Alaska Small Hospital Performance Improvement Network)

DOWNLOADS

SORRAS: A Study of Recruitment Costs and Strategies for Several Provider Types in Alaska" (2005-06)

SORRAS: A Study of Recruitment Costs and Strategies for Several Provider Types in Alaska Rural Hospitals, Clinics, and Mental Health Centers" (2003-04)

SORRAS Survey Assessment (2003-04)