DOVER, DE – The state Division of Public Health (DPH) is continuing its recruitment push to attract more medical professionals to live and work in Delaware.
As part of that recruitment effort, DPH, in conjunction with the Middletown-based Epic Marketing Consultants Corporation, developed a recruitment video touting the benefits of being a healthcare professional in Delaware. The video features a number of healthcare professionals from across the state, including Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, MSN, PhD; Dr. Megan Werner, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Westside Family Healthcare; Karyl Rattay, MD, MS, former director of the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH); and others.
“It is a home environment, and whether they choose a beach, a rural western area in our state, or if they choose to go to the inner city of Wilmington or in our state capital of Dover, there are a lot of opportunities in the seven health systems,” Lt. Gov. Hall-Long said as part of the recruitment video.
As Delaware’s population grows and becomes more diverse, healthcare providers are seeing an increase in demand for a range of services and assistance in various communities across the state. Delaware has a number of federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) seeking highly qualified providers in the areas of family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, gynecology/obstetrics, dentistry and psychiatry.
Medical professionals living in Delaware may also be eligible to receive financial benefits — such as National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and state loan repayment opportunities — that position them to get the best return on their investment and can help remunerate medical education expenses.
Another opportunity for healthcare professionals considering Delaware is the Conrad State 30/J-1 Visa Waiver program, which allows foreign medical graduates who have been admitted to the United States for medical training to remain in Delaware. Up to 30 J-1 physicians per year are accepted into the waiver program in Delaware, where they serve in HPSAs and MUAs.
Each of Delaware’s three counties have major hospital systems with which to affiliate, and the state ranks first for hospital quality in the nation (“Best States Rankings,” U.S. News & World Report, 2019). The state is home to several leading hospitals and healthcare systems that offer state-of-the-art facilities and a range of specialties. These institutions provide healthcare providers with access to advanced technology and resources to deliver high-quality care.
The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is also hoping to attract medical professionals to the area as both a great place to live and to work. Delaware has abundant resources, amenities, and attractive locations. Delaware has a favorable regulatory environment for healthcare providers, with relatively low malpractice insurance rates, no sales tax, and low personal income tax rates. The state’s central location on the East Coast provides easy access to major metropolitan areas like Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C., which opens up additional opportunities for networking and professional development.
DHSS is available to link medical professionals with the programs best suited to their needs and interests. Call the Division of Public Health’s Primary Care Office at 302-741-8599 or visit https://dhss.delaware.gov/dph/hsm/bhprmhome.html to learn more about the Delaware advantage and opportunities available.
This article was originally posted on the Delaware.gov website at: https://news.delaware.gov/2023/03/14/dph-announces-medical-provider-recruitment-push/