Healthcare Workforce

Building Better Pathways to Health Professions Workforce Diversity: A Framework for Academic Health Centers

(2022) Pipeline and pathway programs developed at academic health centers provide critical support for aspiring learners from traditionally underserved populations to enter the health professions and careers in the biomedical sciences. This report, developed out of the AAHC Pipelines to Pathways Initiative, seeks to identify and share success factors for such programs. The Initiative was led by the AAHC Chief Academic Officers executive leadership group in partnership with the AAHC Sullivan Alliance. The report identifies insights arising from in-depth interviews of multiple practitioners who lead and manage pipeline and pathway programs in academic health centers. The report lays out specific findings, themes, and suggested actions based on those insights.

For the Health-Care Work Force, a Critical Prognosis

(2007) The Chronicle of Higher Education, By Daniel W. Rahn and Steven A. Wartman
In this article, the authors present findings showing that the healthcare shortage in the United States is serious. Some experts may argue that there is no cause for alarm because workforce shortages are cyclical, market-driven, and easily ameliorated. But that perspective is not valid today, and the workforce shortfall in healthcare cannot be resolved in the marketplace alone.

From Education to Regulation: Dynamic Challenges for the Health Workforce

(2008) This book includes a set of papers commissioned by the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) to elucidate some of the thorny issues related to producing and retaining a 21st century U.S. health workforce. Authors include national experts who delineate some difficult yet unresolved challenges, including workforce regulations, professional and educational standards, and workplace practices and offer possible responses on multiple fronts.

Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce

(2008/2013 Update) This AAHC report focuses attention on the critical need for a new, collaborative, coordinated, national health workforce planning initiative. The report’s seven chapters include more than 40 findings that document what is “out of order” with respect to the nation’s health workforce, as well as the looming social and economic forces that leave no time for further delay before the problems get dramatically worse.

A Policy Framework: Out of Order, Out of Time; the State of the Nation’s Health Workforce

(2013) This update to AAHC’s milestone report on the health workforce, Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce, addresses important developments that changed the environment in which health workforce reform policies must be formulated and implemented, and provides recommendations for the work that still must be done to address the strains on the nation’s health workforce.

A Call to Action: Out of Order, Out of Time; The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce

(2013) AAHC issued this update to its landmark 2008 report on the health workforce, Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce, noting that much had changed and that much still needs to be done. This report focuses on other factors at play in the current health workforce environment beyond the numbers, including misaligned incentives, long-standing barriers to interprofessional collaboration, and rapidly evolving technology.

AAHC Senate Testimony: Workforce Issues in Health Care Reform; Assessing the Present and Preparing for the Future

(2009) This testimony presented before the Senate Finance Committee addressed the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of AAHC’s report, Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce and their relevance to the Committee’s consideration of workforce issues in health care reform. The testimony stressed that health system reform cannot be successful without simultaneously reforming how we make and implement health workforce policy.