Goal 2: Strengthen the Health Workforce

Objective 2.1: Advance the competencies of the healthcare and public health workforce

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Support curriculum development and the training of health professionals to ensure the learning, enhancement, and updating of essential knowledge and skills.
  • Support training and other activities that enhance the health workforce’s competency in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care.
  • Expand the number and type of training and technical assistance opportunities that educate students and providers to work in interprofessional teams and participate in practice transformations.
  • Support technical assistance, training, and other opportunities to help safety-net providers expand, coordinate, and effectively use health information technology to support service delivery and quality improvement.
  • Provide information and technical assistance to ensure that HRSA-supported safety-net providers know and use current treatment guidelines, appropriate promising practices, and evidence-based models of care

Objective 2.2: Increase the diversity and distribution of the health workforce and the ability of providers to serve underserved populations  and areas

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Facilitate and support the recruitment, placement, and retention of primary care and other providers in underserved communities in order to address shortages and improve the distribution of the health workforce.
  • Support outreach and other activities to increase the recruitment, training, placement, and retention of under-represented groups in the health workforce.
  • Support pre-entry academic advising, mentoring, and enrichment activities for underrepresented groups in order to promote successful health professions training and career development.
  • Promote training opportunities within community-based settings for  health professions students and residents by enhancing partnerships with organizations serving the underserved

Objective 2.3: Enhance focus on health workforce assessment and policy analysis

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Develop and employ approaches to monitoring, forecasting, and meeting long-term health workforce needs.
  • Provide policy makers, researchers, and the public with information on health workforce trends, supply, demand, and policy issues
Date Last Reviewed:  March 2016

HRSA Vision & Mission

Healthy Communities, Healthy People

To improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.