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Maryland Health Workforce Study

Maryland is expected to have an increase in demand for health care services with the expansion of the insured population, as the elements of health reform are implemented. In addition, consistent with the rest of the nation, Maryland’s population is aging and expected to place increased demands on the health care system and health care workforce. Recognizing this growing need, the Maryland Health Care Commission, the Governor’s Work Force Investment Board, and the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform have partnered to better understand Maryland health workforce and the systems in place to evaluate them in three phases:

  1.  Assess the existing data Maryland Health Occupation Boards’(Boards) data systems to support workforce analysis;
  2.  Estimate the supply of and demand for health care professionals with the best available data; and 
  3.  Enhance the existing Boards’ data systems

This work is being supported by funding from the State Health Reform Assistance Network at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board. IHS Global Inc. (IHS) researchers conducted the work for Phases 1 and 2 under a contract with RWJF.

Final Reports:

Phase 1 and 2 Reports Release Letter - Letter from Ben Steffen, Executive Director, MHCC and Lynn Selby, Executive Director, GWIB announcing the release of the Phase 1 and 2 Reports.

Phase 1 Report – Assessment of Maryland Health Occupation Boards’ data systems to support workforce analysis

Phase 2 Report – Supply and Demand estimates based on available data for primary care and mental health workforce.


Overview and Phase 1 Results – November 2013

Overview and Phase 2 Results – December 2013

Other Reports

Maryland Physician Race and Ethnicity Report

In an effort to consistently track data related to health disparities, House Bill 58 was passed in 2006 mandating the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) to collect racial and ethnic information on the composition of the physician population compared to the racial and ethnic composition of the State’s population and to provide the information compiled to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD). Reports may be found by following these links: 2012 and 2014.

Maryland Physician Workforce Study: Applying the Health Resources and Services Administration Method to Maryland Data

Loan Programs for Physicians

If you have questions about the Maryland Health Workforce Study, please contact Srinivas Sridhara at srinivas.sridhara@maryland.gov or (410) 764-8789.

Last Updated: 12/4/2014