Health Care Workforce

Governors know that an accessible, flexible and skilled health care workforce is vital to improve the health of residents, control cost and accelerate economic development within the state. A competent workforce is critical to ensuring that care is safe, of high quality and available and affordable across a state. NGA Health works with states to plan for and build a workforce that can meet the needs of a transformed health care system and increase economic activity. This work involves providing technical assistance around key workforce priority areas, including:

  • Health care workforce planning and redesign
  • Identifying strategies to better collect and analyze data to inform and evaluate policy
  • Aligning education and training outcomes with population health needs
  • Building workforce capacity in rural and underserved areas through training, recruitment, retention and technology
  • Identifying mechanisms and implementing state policies to allow providers to practice at the top of their license
  • Aligning statewide delivery system and payment reform efforts
  • Integrating mental/behavioral health and oral health care with primary and acute care

Publications and Resources



Projects and Meetings


  • Improving Capacity for Health Care Service Delivery | June 2019
  • Rural Health Learning Collaborative: Improving Access to Behavioral Health Care in Rural Areas | August 2017
  • Expert Roundtable on Rural America: Increasing Access to High Quality and Cost-Effective Care | January 2017
  • Connecting Medicaid to State Workforce Needs | 2016 – 2018
  • Rural Health Learning Collaborative: Telehealth Strategies for Expanding Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment | 2016-2017
  • Expert Roundtable on Connecting Medicaid and Health Workforce: How States Can Use Medicaid Funds to Address Workforce Needs in Rural and Underserved Areas | June 2016
  • Aligning Polices to Practice Technical Assistance Program | 2015 – 2016
  • Leveraging Gubernatorial Executive Authorities to Maximize Scope of Practice for the Health Care Workforce During an Influenza Pandemic Roundtable | December 2015
  • Building a Transformed Health Care Workforce: Moving from Planning to Implementation Policy Academy | 2014-2015