Alaska Health Workforce Vacancy Study (2009)
Beth Landon, MBA, MHA
Alaska continues to experience health professional shortages. The state has long had a deficient “supply side” characterized by insufficient numbers of key health workers whose recruitment, retention, and training have been impeded by Alaska’s remoteness, harsh climate, rural isolation, low population density, and scarce training resources.
During winter and spring of 2009, the Alaska Center for Rural Health-Alaska’s AHEC (ACRH) and the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) conducted a comprehensive health workforce study.
Funding was provided by Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Alaskan's for Access to Health Care (ACCESS), University of Alaska Fairbanks, Tanana Valley campus Telemedicine program, and University of Alaska Anchorage's Community and Technical College (CTC) and the School of Nursing.