Using State Licensure Data to Assess North Carolina’s Health Workforce COVID-19 Response Capacity

Authors: Heather Wilson | Evan Galloway, MPS | Julie Spero, MSPH | Thomas Ricketts, PhD, MPH | Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP | Julianna C Long

Topics: COVID-19, Health Workforce Models and Projections, Workforce Demand, Workforce Supply

Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

February 1, 2021

In the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care decision-makers in North Carolina needed information about the available health workforce in order to conduct workforce surge planning and to anticipate concerns about professional or geographic workforce shortages. This article describes how data was used in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Carolina to support decisions about the deployment, surge, and maintenance of necessary health care staff.

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