I spent the majority of October finalizing and rolling out a series of multimedia reports on Idaho’s doctor shortage.
In a nutshell, the number of doctors per capita here is almost the worst in the country, and thanks to an aging workforce, it will likely get worse before it gets better.
It’s easy to research the data and throw out numbers to back up a story, but I wanted to dive deeper. I wanted to understand how Idaho got to where it is, and why other states that look a lot like Idaho aren’t in this same situation.
The result was one six minute broadcast feature, eight web posts, two topic explainers, two data-viz charts, a photo slideshow, and an interactive map.
- Why Idaho’s Doctor Shortage Won’t Be Easy To Solve
- Map: How The Number Of Idaho Doctors Stacks Up To Other States
- What North Dakota Can Show Idaho About Training Rural Doctors
- How Idaho Is Trying To Boost Its Number Of Doctors
- Comparing Doctor Shortages In Small States
- An Interview With Dr. Ted Epperly On Idaho’s Doctor Shortage
- As Idaho’s Doctor Workforce Ages, Who Is Stepping Up To Replace Them?
- Idaho Lawmakers Will Be Asked To Fund Five Additional WWAMI Seats
These were all published at StateImpact Idaho. The broadcast feature aired on Boise State Public Radio and other public radio stations across the northwest via Northwest News Network. In addition, The Idaho Statesman published a combination of the features in its weekly Business Insider magazine.