In 2010 the Massachusetts Health Workforce Center, in collaboration with the Primary Care Office, the Division of Health Professions Licensure, and other key stakeholders launched the Health Workforce Data Collection Initiative. The Initiative responds to a growing need for a comprehensive and data-driven picture of the Massachusetts healthcare workforce landscape.
As part of the 2010-2011 clinician license renewal process, Massachusetts licensed clinicians were asked to complete an online survey. Data obtained from the surveys highlight strengths and gaps in Massachusetts’ healthcare workforce capacity and provide a more comprehensive picture of the Massachusetts healthcare workforce.
Data was collected from seven disciplines: dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses. The surveys included demographic, education, employment characteristics, and future practice questions. Comprehensive data collection is integral to the development of policies and programs which will ensure the adequate supply and equitable distribution of clinicians. The data will contribute to government and non-government agencies healthcare workforce development planning. More specifically, the data will inform discussions about clinician education programs; clinician training; and recruitment and retention efforts. The subsequent policies and programs will aim to support a health care workforce that is qualified, diverse, and culturally and linguistically competent. Further, the Health Care Workforce Center looks to ensure that clinicians are adequately distributed throughout the state.
You can find the Massachusetts Health Professions Data Series reports (2010-2011) here. Reports were developed for each surveyed clinical discipline. Clinician renewal and data collection is on a biennial cycle. The data collection system has proven to be successful, with an over 90% response rate across disciplines during the most recent clinician license renewal.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014