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A Model for Addressing the Health Care Workforce Shortage in Our Communities

Northern Virginia is not the only region in the country facing a shortage of health care workers that will only get worse if immediate action is not taken. Data shows that communities throughout the U.S. are in a similar situation, and consequently the Northern Virginia HealthFORCE initiative has been designed with the hope that other communities may leverage our practices and experience to address this issue in their own region.

As this is not only a problem of the health care industry, but also individuals, educators, businesses, community leaders, and health care providers at both the micro and macro-levels, we have chosen to take an “open source” approach to this web site and our methodology for enacting change in Northern Virginia. If you would like to implement a HealthFORCE program in your area, we invite you to contact us to learn how we developed what we hope will be the first component of an eventual network across the nation of independently run HealthFORCE programs addressing this important issue.

If you would like to start a program in your area, please contact (703) 822-6680 or novahealthforce@nvcc.edu. We’d be happy to share best practices, tips, and web site template to responsible parties truly dedicated to helping avert the looming health care worker crises.

 
 
 
 
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