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Helpful Links

The following resources are intended to support state and national health workforce analysis. The categories and lists below are not meant to be comprehensive, and the inclusion of these links should not imply endorsement. Please see our State Health Workforce Data Collection Inventory for state-specific information. We welcome recommendations to include other resources that are broadly useful across professions and states. Please submit your request to: info@healthworkforceta.org.


These selected resources provide contextual information on specific topics (eg, rural health, scope of practice), professions (eg, Future of Nursing) and Federal agencies that fund health workforce and health services initiatives.


The links below offer downloadable data that can be used in health workforce and related research projects. Some sources, such as the Appalachian Regional Commission, are narrowly focused on a single region or a single topic. Other sources, such as the HRSA Data Warehouse, contain a broader range of downloadable data. The data listed here are freely available.

For additional Federal data resources, see the Compendium of Federal Data Sources to Support Health Workforce Analysis (2017). This resource contains information on individual data sets such as NPPES, MEPS and NHANES. Some of the sources included in the Compendium are freely available. Others require an application, data use agreement, and/or payment.


The tools listed below are national in scope and allow you to query and visualize data. Some tools allow you to download data and images. Some states have developed state health workforce data visualization tools. Those will be listed on our data visualization resources page in the coming months.

National Health Workforce Centers and Organizations

There are many national organizations that advocate for, certify, educate, regulate and/or research the health workforce. Some of these organizations collect, analyze and report data. Some, such as ASTHO, house resources of use to those involved in health workforce research and policy. Organizations that are involved solely in state health workforce research are not included in this list, but some can be found in the State Health Workforce Data Collection Inventory.