Hospital WorkforceThroughout Missouri, hospitals are taking an active role in building the health care workforce. From scholarships to flexible hours to employee-friendly benefits packages, Missouri hospitals are implementing innovative programs to attract more people to use their talents and skills in the health care industry.

  • Resources
  • Missouri Healthcare Workforce Coalition
  • Scholarship Program
  • Grow Your Own

MHA offers various workforce resources to support member hospitals in implementing strategies for workforce planning, recruitment, retention and development that best serve your community’s needs.

AHA issued its 2016 Committee on Performance Improvement report to help hospital and health system leaders align the skills and abilities of their organization’s workforce with anticipated needs as health care continues to change. The report includes a tool to help initiate strategic workforce conversations, and specific recommendations and examples from hospital leaders and experts in the field.

The Advisory Board led a task force charged with identifying specific needs and best practices to improve health career pathways. The board issued a report showing tremendous potential for health care employers to work in partnership with educators to train and recruit the entry-level staff needed to serve patients in their communities.

MHA's Annual Workforce Report

2016 Report

The Missouri Hospital Association has released the 2016 statewide workforce report and 10 regional reports finding continued high rates of vacancy and turnover in hospital-based health professions statewide. The report includes data from 148 hospitals and identifies trends among 36 hospital-based positions and five clinic and physician practice positions.

Regional Reports

Primary Care Physicians: Rural and Urban Disparities in Missouri

Throughout the years, we have heard about the “looming nurse and physician shortages.” The shortages are now here. Although there are ebbs and flows in the supply and types of health care workers, all evidence describes a primary care shortage that will increase throughout time because of an aging workforce, an aging population and the expanded insurance coverage resulting from the Affordable Care Act. Health care reform must include assurances that the workforce is able to meet the demands of delivering primary care to patients. We are now at the crossroads where the primary care crisis and health care reform meet.

The newly-formed Missouri Healthcare Workforce Coalition held a primary care summit in Jefferson City to outline the workforce shortage challenge, review current policy and begin planning for efforts to strengthen the state’s primary care workforce. MHA is a founding member of the coalition. Three of the top priorities that came from the event include creating and passing a tax incentive program for preceptors, creating and increasing coordinated preceptor development programs and resources, and adopting a health care workforce database system.

Primary Care Summit

The purpose of this year's summit (held April 4 in Jefferson City) was to learn how to develop a plan to strengthen the primary care workforce in Missouri. Click here to view this year's agenda.


2016 Missouri Hospital Employee Scholarship Program

A new scholarship program offered by the MHA Center for Education’s Health Improvement, Research and Scholarship Fund is now available. The 2016 Missouri Hospital Employee Scholarship will provide up to $10,000 through Dec. 31, 2017, in education expense reimbursement for employees of Missouri MHA-member hospitals obtaining advanced education or training for approved certification, vocational or degree programs. The scholarship is available to current hospital employees or a future employee with a fully executed and accepted contract who want to continue their education by advancing within or entering into their profession.

Learn more about the program and download resources for your hospital below.

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Grow Your Own Compendium

The Grow Your Own grant program has helped hospitals develop and expand the health care workforce.

Grow Your Own Grants Help Hospitals Grow Local Health Care Workforce

The MHA Center for Education offered the Grow Your Own grant program to help hospitals develop and expand the health care workforce according to locally defined needs. The program provided nearly $2 million to 39 hospitals to fund their initiatives.