Challenges and Opportunities Facing the North Carolina Health Workforce

March 2, 2018

Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP; Julie Spero, MSPH; Tom Ricketts PhD, MPH; Evan Galloway, MPS; Katie Gaul, MA

Presentation to the North Carolina Health Deans


Presentation Overview

  • Sheps Center houses health workforce data and expertise that are invaluable to UNC System and state policy makers
  • Allied health workforce studies were funded in past by the Duke Endowment and Council for Allied Health
  • State is facing significant health workforce challenges that UNC System’s health programs are well positioned to address
  • Efforts to address workforce challenges are congruent with UNC System goals to increase access, affordability, student success and economic impact
  • Health care jobs generally will continue to grow rapidly
  • Supply has increased but workforce remains persistently maldistributed
  • Racial/ethnic diversity of workforce does not match population
  • Changing care delivery and payment models are:
    • shifting care and workforce from inpatient to community settings
    • generating new professions and roles
  • Career ladders are needed


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