ORHPC News Update
ORHPC Update, March 2022
MDH report highlights need for retaining and recruiting health care workforce
The Minnesota Department of Health's recent press release confirms health care worker burnout and shows workforce shortage trends are affecting a wide range of health care professionals.
The report Minnesota's Health Care Workforce: Pandemic–Provoked Workforce Exits, Burnout, and Shortages (PDF), is the first report of its kind covering the effects of the pandemic on most of the licensed health care workforce in Minnesota. It is based on the MDH health care workforce survey, which is administered at the time of license renewal for “front–line” providers including physician assistants, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nurses, physicians, mental health providers and others.
In nearly every profession, more providers than in prior years reported that they planned to leave their profession within the next five years, and a much higher share of these exits is due to burnout. The report identifies potential solutions and highlights current legislative proposals aimed at revitalizing our health care workforce.
The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care collects and analyzes Minnesota–specific data on nearly 20 different licensed health care professions. The ORHPC Health Workforce Planning and Analysis Unit develops reports and presentations on individual professions and a wide range of health care specialties, such as mental health and oral health. We provide data and analyses to legislators, reporters, workforce planners, researchers, and others, for a variety of purposes.
MDH Press Release:MDH report highlights need for retaining and recruiting health care workforce