Kala Blakely, DNP, CRNP, NP-C
State of Rural Health in the South
The primary care workforce across the United States has significantly aged. In Alabama alone, predictions forecast Alabama will require a 23% increase in primary care providers within the next 10 years to meet the demands of the growing and aging population. The decline in primary care providers available and the lack of access to healthcare in rural areas creates a challenge.
SMA’s Business of Medicine Simplified Conference will present on how to overcome the provider and access shortage can be accomplished through implementing interprofessional teams, philanthropic partnerships and academic-practice partnerships.
Kala Blakely, DNP, CRNP, NP-C is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator for the Adult-Gero Primary Care NP specialty track at the UAB School of Nursing. She has been an adult nurse practitioner since 2010. Dr. Blakely's faculty practice is in a NP led clinic outside of the metro Birmingham area. Her practice initiatives focus on providing women's health and primary care to those in rural Alabama. She desires to bring quality healthcare to those in underserved areas locally and globally. She is involved in ongoing AANP quality improvement initiatives at her rural clinic. Dr. Blakely serves as President of the UAB School of Nursing Alumni Board, a member of the Alabama Rural Health Association Board of Directors, and enjoys involvement in numerous other professional organizations.