Health Care Workforce

To reform State health systems, to improve outcomes and reduce costs, having high quality data and 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

NGA Resources

State Strategies for Sector Growth and Retention of the Direct Care Health Workforce

State Strategies for Sector Growth and Retention of the Direct Care Health Workforce

This issue brief provides a series of multi-sector state and employer strategies to address recruitment and health sector retention of direct care workers while balancing workforce needs, job quality and ...
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Webinar: State Strategies for Sector Growth and Retention of the Direct Care Health Workforce

Webinar: State Strategies for Sector Growth and Retention of the Direct Care Health Workforce

This webinar, held Oct 14, 2021, discusses the NGA publication "State Strategies for Sector Growth and Retention of the Direct Care Health Workforce" Direct care workers, including nursing assistants, home ...
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Supporting A Trained Direct Care Workforce In Facility Settings During And After The Covid-19 Pandemic

Supporting A Trained Direct Care Workforce In Facility Settings During And After The Covid-19 Pandemic

The direct care workforce is a critical component of a well-functioning health system. These occupations are reliable entry points into the health sector, but limited wage potential as well as ...
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Rural Health Learning Collaborative: Improving Access to Behavioral Health Care in Rural Areas

August 9–10, 2017 | Washington, DC The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Health Division hosted a multi-state convening as part of the Rural Health Learning Collaborative ...
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States Improve Rural Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that three states, Minnesota, South Dakota and Virginia, will participate in an NGA learning lab to help combat the opioid epidemic. The project ...
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The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System

The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System

Pharmacists have the professional expertise to address key challenges facing the health care system, including the prevalence of people who have multiple chronic conditions and the increased use of more ...
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The Role of Physician Assistants in Health Care Delivery

Physician assistants (PAs) play a broad and expanding role in the health care system, working in a variety of practice areas and settings because of their adaptably and lower cost, ...
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The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Health Care

Basic oral health is an important determinant of overall health, yet access remains a challenge for many Americans. Dental hygienists can play a critical role in improving access to high-quality ...
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The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care

One way states could increase access to primary care for their residents is to consider easing their scope of practice restrictions and modifying their reimbursement policies to increase the role ...
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Strategies for States to Encourage and Fund Community Care Teams

Strategies for States to Encourage and Fund Community Care Teams outlines the role that community care teams can play in improving the quality and value of health care provided by ...
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Additional Resources

  • Improving Capacity for Health Care Service Delivery | June 2019
  • Expert Roundtable on Rural America: Increasing Access to High Quality and Cost-Effective Care | January 2017
  • Connecting Medicaid to State Workforce Needs | 2016 – 2018
  • 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