Community and Regional Planning Program


Date of this Version

Summer 7-17-2018


A PROFESSIONAL PROJECT Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Community and Regional Planning Under the Supervision of Professor Yunwoo Nam Lincoln, Nebraska: July, 2018

Copyright (c) 2018 Andrew J. Pedley


Rural populations in Nebraska are generally older, less affluent and suffer from more chronic diseases than their urban counterparts. To address these disparities, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Office of Rural Health oversees incentive programs that compensate providers for costs associated with education in exchange for time worked in shortage areas. This report examines the impact that these incentive programs have on the retention of family medicine providers in Nebraska using survival analysis methodologies. The findings of this report indicate a positive correlation between participation in incentive programs and workforce retention of family medicine providers.

Advisor: Yunwoo Nam