In a nutshell, here's our message:
- That Oregon’s rural communities don’t have enough primary care doctors, which jeopardizes our health as well as our economic stability.
- That the OAFP hopes to encourage more graduating medical students to practice in rural areas by supporting bills at the state level to increase funding for loan repayment and forgiveness.
- And that by providing more support to rural medical practices, we can help rural areas hold on to the doctors they have.
Additionally, we want to emphasize that bringing additional primary care physicians into a community boosts the local economy, brings down the cost of health care for everyone, and most importantly makes the community healthier overall.
Also, we wanted to give a big thank you to the Area Health Education Center at OHSU for loaning us a netbook and modem to use during the trip!