Partners in Practice, Engagement, and Education in Rural NC

Victoria Soltis-Jarrett | Partners in Practice, Engagement, and Education in Rural NC: Preparing Nurse Practitioners for Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care

Funded by: Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

Studies show that 70% of people who go to primary care facilities for treatment present witha mental health or substance abuse issue, but they don’t receive adequate assessment or treatment for those issues. With a declining number of rural primary care physicians, and a lack of accessible behavioral health and substance use disorder services in rural regions, the need for comprehensive, whole health care has become urgent.

Victoria Soltis-Jarrett has partnered with Goshen Medical Center, the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in rural North Carolina, to recruit, educate, train and provide financial support to a total of 70 primary care nurse practitioners. This traineeship establishes a pipeline for NPs to fill the gaps in a shrinking rural healthcare workforce and prepares them to provide culturally sensitive, whole health care to some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in rural and underserved regions of the state.