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Planning for Minnesota’s future health care workforce needs

In order to ensure an adequate health workforce, policymakers need to understand the current workforce and trends in supply and demand.  The MDH Office of Rural Health and Primary Care administers an important program to identify health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas. 

Beginning in 2010, health reform enabled the state to begin identifying strategies to increase the number of primary care practitioners by 10 percent or more in the next 10 years. 

How do we know where there are health workforce shortages?

The MDH Office of Rural Health and Primary Care administers the Health Professional Shortage Area Designations to identify health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas in the state.  Minnesota Health Workforce Analysis Program in collaboration with Minnesota’s health licensing boards, collects, analyzes and reports on workforce demographics and trends in multiple health professions to assist policymakers and higher education in resource planning and allocation.

What steps is Minnesota taking to plan for our workforce needs?

Under health reform, the Governor’s Workforce Development Council received a grant to identify strategies to increase the number of primary care practitioners in Minnesota by 10 percent or more in the next 10 years. Healthforce Minnesota administers this program in collaboration with partners across the state.