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.

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

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

2015 Report

The Missouri Hospital Association’s 2015 Annual Workforce Report finds increased vacancy and turnover rates among many hospital-based health care professions. This report presents potential health care workforce challenges and opportunities impacting a health care system in the process of change, while highlighting regional workforce volatility.

Regional reports from Missouri’s 10 workforce investment areas provide job growth data, notable information compiled from the annual MHA workforce survey and select turnover and vacancy rates. The 2015 Annual Workforce Report highlights significant variances across regions, emphasizing the importance of engagement of all partners, federal, state and local, working to ensure their efforts address local realities.

Regional Reports

MHA's Workforce Survey Presentations

Data from the 15th annual MHA workforce survey provides methodology, trends and regional maps showing vacancy and turnover rates.

AHA's Health Care Labor Report

Top 10 labor and employment issues for 2015. (AHA members only)

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.

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MHA's Annual Workforce Report

2014 Report

The 2014 Workforce Report asks hospitals about their turnover and vacancy rates. Although lower rates in vacancy and turnover were reported, movement toward a permanent equilibrium is necessary for future workforce growth and sustainment. Today’s health care delivery model is in transition because of changes in the state’s health care system. Regional reports from Missouri’s 10 workforce investment areas provide job growth data, notable information compiled from the annual MHA workforce survey and select turnover and vacancy rates.

2014 MHA Workforce Survey

Data from the 14th annual MHA workforce survey provides methodology, trends and regional maps showing vacancy and turnover rates, and is available in PowerPoint format.

Primary Care Physicians: The Status in Rural Missouri

This report from MHA finds that the age, number and type of primary care providers in rural Missouri will present future challenges to rural residents’ access to health services and have negative consequences for rural health improvement efforts. The report includes an analysis of the state’s current rural physician workforce, the projected impacts of federal health reform on rural health care and policy options for strengthening the rural health care workforce.


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

Read how 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

In September 2013, the Missouri Hospital Association’s Center for Education announced a new competitive grant program — "Grow Your Own" — 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. Since then, hospitals have used the funds to implement tailored recruitment, retention and leadership development programs to meet their own current and future workforce needs.

As indicated in the 2014 MHA Workforce Report, hospitals are in a period of significant transition. These shifts are demanding new skills within the workforce and innovative programs to recruit and retain hospital workers and future health care workforce entrants.

Click here to view all 2013 grant awards.

This year, MCE spotlights three programs that reflect the diversity of grant recipients and the novel approaches they used to increase the supply and quality of health care professionals.