Alaska's Allied Health Workforce: A Statewide Assessment (2001)

Denny DeGross, MA
Beth Landon, MBA, MHA
Janice Troyer, BS
Stacy L. Smith, MFA

Examination of Alaska’s health workforce has been sporadic and inconsistent. Limited, short term sampling has occurred, but no agency has been able to mount assessments employing repeated measures that would yield well marked trends. The economic volatility of Alaska’s health system is such that neither over-supply or scarcity in the workforce has ever been even marginally predictable. 

The purpose of this assessment was to learn the current and projected allied health workforce needs for the state of Alaska by surveying employers of the allied health workforce, with results that include projections for 3-5 years into the future. The Project Team made recommendations to the University of Alaska for new curricula and re-engineering of existing curricula.

To better ensure that a sound methodology was developed, and that the necessarily high response rate was attained, this project relied heavily on collaboration with many key agencies: the Alaska State HospitaL and Nursing Home Association, the Alaska Primary Care Association, the Alaska Native Health Board, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the Alaska Mental Health Board, the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Substance Abuse and Director’s Association, the Alaska Community Mental Health Services Association, Division of Senior Services and the Alaska Department of Labor. This team assisted in the development of the assessment instrument and in reviewing results and making recommendations to the University of Alaska.