Health Care Workforce

The health care workforce is a core group of professionals employed by government public health agencies as well as physicians, dentists, and nurses, and many other health, environmental, and public safety professionals.

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Past Events

January 24, 2024

This event featured an analysis of potential health policy priorities at both state and federal levels for this upcoming election year, and provided a review of major legislative milestones from 2023 and their potential implications for 2024.

September 13, 2023

As the health care system grapples with unprecedented challenges post-pandemic – from workforce to supply chain shortages, from technological advances to continued health inequities and affordability challenges – will the future of the health care system meet the needs of real people and communities? When “people” become “patients,” what happens? And what do health policy leaders need to know to put people first?


Health Care Workforce: Nurses

It is projected that 260,000 additional nurses will be needed by 2025 to care for the increased population, the increase in insured population and the explosive care needs for chronic diseases in the population and geriatric care in older age groups. This toolkit, written by Deanna Okrent of the Alliance, aims to provide an array […]

Health Care Workforce: Physicians

A shortage of more than 90,000 physicians is predicted to occur within the next 10 years–including 45,000 primary care physicians and 46,000 surgeons and specialists. This toolkit, written by Beeta Rasouli of the Alliance, aims to provide an array of resources and perspectives that describe numerous challenges to assuring an adequate physician workforce and some […]

Health Care Workforce: HIT Shortage

Health care providers are scrambling to find their way in the fast-paced world of technology, and the federal government is making billions of dollars available to help them do it. But while cost has traditionally been the big hurdle, the lack of a qualified workforce now poses a significant barrier, according to major surveys. This […]

Health Care Workforce: Direct Care

In the move to increase access and coverage while enhancing the value of the health care dollar, the direct care workforce provides an important contribution to coordinated care in a high quality system. This toolkit, co-written by Bill Erwin and Deanna Okrent of the Alliance, aims to provide an array of resources and perspectives that […]

Training the Workforce for a Changing Health System

Questions about how to best prepare health professionals to practice in an evolving health care delivery system are receiving increased attention. Graduate medical education (GME)—the training that medical school graduates receive as residents, typically in teaching hospitals—has been an ongoing focal point in the discussion about how health care workforce training is conducted and financed. […]

Preparing The Nursing Workforce For A Changing Health System- The Role Of Graduate Nursing Education

The nursing profession, with approximately 3 million licensed and practicing nurses in the U.S., comprises the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce. However, efforts are underway to rethink nursing education and training so that it meets the needs of an aging population with increasingly complex chronic diseases. This toolkit is intended to provide […]

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Members of Congress, Congressional and agency staff, federal, state, and local legislators.

Health Care Stakeholders

Industry stakeholders, practitioners and providers, patient advocates, community organizations, academics.


Members of the press, journalists, public relations professionals.