COVID-19 & the Health Workforce

The health care delivery system is on the front line of the Coronavirus pandemic. There is concern that acute care infrastructure and equipment may be insufficient to meet need for care and efforts are underway to address these issues. Importantly, there is a critical need to develop effective strategies to assure the availability of a sufficiently sized and well-trained health workforce to care for patients during the pandemic. Strategies must also be considered to replenish workforce supply as health workers fall ill, are quarantined, or need respite.

This site is dedicated to sharing resources on efforts to develop, deploy, and replenish the health workforce in response to the pandemic. Key areas of focus are:

Surge Capacity Strategies

Articles, blogs, and reports about health workforce capacity issues and strategies.

Health Workforce Policies and Guidelines

Policies and guidelines (including furloughs) that have been implemented because of COVID-19.


Information about how COVID-19 has changed the use of telehealth to provide health care, including access, scope of practice, and regulatory changes at the state, federal, and organizational levels.

Long-term Care

Information about the impact of COVID-19 on the long-term care, skilled nursing, assisted living, and home health care workforce.

Health Workforce Safety

Information about the risks to healthcare workers and the strategies to protect them from COVID-19.

Maintaining the Educational Pipeline

Organizational guidelines and commentaries addressing the education and deployment of health care trainees during the pandemic.

Regulatory Flexibility

Executive orders and regulatory changes to promote the effective use of the health workforce.

State Workforce Strategies

State specific workforce strategies addressing COVID-19.

HWRC COVID-19 Resources

Each of the health workforce research centers (HWRCs) across the US are assisting in these efforts. These are specific resources developed by the HWRCs.


We will be continually updating this site to provide the most up-to-date information and policy changes as they unfold. 

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