Associate Director of Research, Healthforce Center at UCSF. Professor at the Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and the School of Nursing at University of California, San Francisco
This report explores how direct care workers and workers from similar entry-level occupations became unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic; to what extent the skills of displaced workers align with those of direct care occupations; and how many displaced workers re-entered the workforce (including into direct care jobs) within the following year.
This commentary describes the articles included in the health workforce research journal supplement of Medical Care Research and Review. It discusses how the issues raised by the authors relate to the COVID-19 pandemic and rapidly changing health care environment.