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The economic impact studies provided by the Oklahoma Rural Health Works staff measure the specific impact of the health sector on a community’s economy. The study can be tailored to different geographies such as zip code areas, counties, or multiple counties. Demographic data are reported along with direct employment and income data from the health sector. This data is then used to generate "multipliers," which measure the impact of health sector jobs and income on other industries such as restaurants or retail stores. When combined, the data and multipliers can show the total economic impact that the health care sector has on a local community.

For example, if a hospital has a direct employment of 60 full-time and part-time employees; and an employment multiplier of 1.34, applying the multiplier to the employment number of 60 brings the total employment impact of the hospital to 81 employees (60 x 1.34 = 81).


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