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Maintaining a healthy nation depends on proper preparation of the health workforce. This involves ensuring that physicians, nurses, dentists, and other health professionals are well educated and well trained.
Education prepares the health workforce to meet the needs of patients and the requirements of a changing health care system. Many institutional settings play important roles in health professional education including schools of public health; degree granting programs; medical schools; schools of nursing; other professional schools; and local, state and federal public health agencies. Investing in education plays a role in recruitment and retention, reducing workforce shortages, increasing workforce diversity, and promoting career advancement. Providing incentive programs to encourage health professionals to choose certain specialties and locations as well as financing health professionals’ educations all work towards building an adequate health workforce. Incentive programs may include training for health professionals, offering scholarships and loans, or repaying educational loans.
Adequate training for health professionals, such as continuing and professional educational opportunities or partnering with education institutions, contributes to providing high quality patient care, practice, teaching, and research opportunities. Providing training opportunities for health care workers helps alleviate workforce shortage issues, and works towards increasing pay, benefits, and flexibility.
Page last updated April 5, 2012