Reporting On Idaho’s Doctor Shortage

Five-month-old Olivia Vandermate gets examined by Dr. Petrie during a recent check up. Petrie was Olivia’s delivery doctor and has taken care of her since.” credit=”Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact

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.

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.