To produce a health care workforce of sufficient size and skill to meet the nation’s health care needs requires complete data on the current health workforce and a profound understanding of how changes in population will affect future demand.
NCHWA helps to build that body of knowledge by estimating the supply and demand for health workers in the U.S. and developing tools and resources to inform decision-making on health care workforce investments.
Search the AHRF to see available data
The Area Health Resources Files (ARHF) comprise health workforce data for every U.S. county, drawn from more than 50 sources. Included are data on health care professions, health professions training, health facilities, hospital utilization, hospital expenditures, population and economic statistics, environment, and codes and classifications.
Select a state or county within that state and a peer county grouping to see summary or detailed views of the county data.
The Health Resources County Tool links Area Health Resources Files with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Health Status Indicators data and enables you to compare any U.S. county (or equivalent) with peer counties that are similar in population size, density, age distribution and poverty. The comparison can help identify resource gaps.
Estimates of Supply and Demand (and distribution) of health care workers inform public policy and help to prevent both shortages and surpluses.
As the Affordable Care Act extends health insurance coverage to millions of Americans, ensuring that supply is adequate to meet demand for services has never been more important.
Workforce Projections - developing and improving supply and demand projections for the health workforce is a top priority for the National Center. Projection models are currently being developed for the nursing workforce, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
The National Center develops a national infrastructure for workforce data collection and analysis and supports and encourages States, health professions organizations and others in improving workforce data.
The Health Workforce Research Center grant program supports research on the health workforce to assist decision-makers at the Federal, State and local levels to better understand health workforce needs
Access and download the 2014-2015 AHRF data files (August 2015)
National and State-Level Projections of Dentists and Dental Hygienists in the U.S., 2012-2025 (PDF - 633KB) (February 2015)
Sex, Race and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Health Occupations (2010-2012) (PDF - 338 KB) (January 2015) Technical Documentation (PDF - 165 KB)
Distribution of U.S. Health Care Providers Residing in Rural and Urban Areas” (PDF - 103 KB) (October 2014)