The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) is working with states on a number of issues pertaining to building their health care workforce with a focus on achieving the triple aim of improved better health, better health care, and lower costs. The NGA Center’s work focuses both on strategies to meet current workforce shortages as well as how to plan for and build a workforce that can meet the needs of a transformed health care system and increase economic activity within states. The NGA Centers efforts include developing strategies to better collect and analyze data, coordinating policy, recruiting and retaining the appropriate health care workforce in areas of highest need, and aligning statewide delivery system and payment reforms efforts. This work also involves identifying mechanisms and implementing state policies to allow providers to practice at the top of their license, identifying new and emerging professions that can deliver services to address the social determinants of health, and maximizing use of technology to increase access to care.
The NGA Center is assisting governors in using the convening, payment and programmatic levers at their disposal to create a health care workforce that meets the needs of their residents.