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.

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MHA's 2017 Annual Workforce Report

MHA's 2017 workforce report and 10 region-specific reports find that hospital vacancies reached an all-time high, with 86 percent of positions surveyed increasing in vacancy from the previous year. The report includes data from 142 hospitals and identifies trends among 36 hospital-based positions and five clinic and physician practice positions.

2017 Regional Reports

MHA's 2016 Annual Workforce Report

MHA's 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.

2016 Regional Reports

MHA Workforce Resources

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 Workforce Planning and Development Report

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.

Health Career Pathways Task Force Report

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.

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.

Grow Your Own Compendium

The MHA Center for Education Grow Your Own grant program helped 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.

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.

April 2016 Primary Care Summit

The purpose of this year’s summit was to learn how to develop a plan to strengthen the primary care workforce in Missouri. Download the Strengthening Primary Care in Missouri white paper.