How Governor Directives Changed Health Workforce Flexibility in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In times of heightened population health needs, the health workforce must respond quickly and efficiently, especially at the state level. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the needs for greater flexibility in scope of practice and interstate mobility areas of health workforce regulation. The lack of a coordinated national response early in the pandemic left the onus on statesā€”particularly on state governorsā€”to determine how to deploy their health workforce to combat COVID-19.

This article examines state governorsā€™ executive orders related to 2 key health workforce flexibility issuesā€”scope of practice and licensingā€”in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 27, 2023
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July 27, 2023

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