NCMJ: The Workforce for Health in North Carolina

Blog | November 28, 2022


The North Carolina Medical Journal periodically publishes updates on topics of importance to the health workforce in our state. As Editor in Chief Peter Morris, MD, writes, this one is different. “Our authors not only describe a crisis that could still worsen, but suggest solutions to reverse our losses and prepare a health care workforce that is desperately needed.”


The latest issue of the NCMJ, cosponsored by the new North Carolina Center on the Workforce for Health, includes analysis of the state’s health workforce needs and recommendations for meeting them, especially with regard to building a diverse pipeline of people who feel supported in doing health-related work.


“Workforce needs are too often assumed, not planned, and only rise to attention when essential health care delivery is stressed beyond capacity,” writes guest editor Hugh Tilson, director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers and cofounder of the Center on the Workforce for Health. “As we widen our focus on the social drivers of health,

the workers who produce health have already expanded to include more than the traditional health care workforce. North Carolina needs an organization to provide a persistent, coordinated, and intentional process of health workforce planning if we are to develop and sustain the workforce for health.”


Read the full issue here.


Click the links below to read each article in this issue.


Issue Brief

Building a Workforce for Health in North Carolina by Hugh H. Tilson, Jr., JD, MPH


Data & Trends

What North Carolina’s Health Workforce Data Can – and Can’t – Tell Us by Hilary A. Campbell, PharmD, JD


Creating a Workforce for Health: Next Steps for North Carolina by Brianna Lombardi, PhD, MSW and Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP


Developing Health Care Faculty to Address the Needs of North Carolina’s Diverse Populations by Robin G. Cummings, MD; Cherry M. Beasley, PhD, MS, FAAN; and Eva Skuka, MD, PhD


The North Carolina Nursing Pipeline – A Lack of Nursing Educators is at the Heart of the Shortage by Lori Byrd, DNP, RN, CNE


Policies & Programs

Challenges and Opportunities for Graduate Medical Education: Steps to Keep Physician Training in North Carolina Exceptional by Herbert G. Garrison, MD, MPH


Keeping North Carolina’s Health Care Workforce Well by Tatyana Kelly, CHC


Pathway Programs in North Carolina: A Historical Perspective by Cedric M. Bright, MD; Kimberly Singletary, MD; Dmitry Tumin, PhD; Brenda Latham-Sadler, MD; Maureen D. Cullins, AM


Developing School-based Telehealth Programs as an Equity Strategy for Education and Health Care by John E. Jenkins, MD


How North Carolina Can Best Respond to Long-Term Services and Supports Needs by Dave Richards; Emma Sandoe, PhD; and Sabrena Lea


Lived Experience

Emerging Trends: Primary Care Networks Addressing the Workforce Crisis by Tom Wroth, MD, MPH; Tork Wade, MPH; and Beat Steiner, MD, MPH


Responding to One Rural Community’s Primary Care Needs: Investing in Workforce and Broad Community Stakeholder Engagement by Sherry Hay, MPA; Emily M. Hawes, PharmD, BCPS, CPP; Alyssa Zamierowski, MBA; Stokes Ann Hunt, MHA, RN; and Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH


From the NCIOM 

Fortifying North Carolina’s Workforce for Health to Meet Current and Future Challenges



In Conversation with North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders and Health Secretary Kody Kinsley – interview conducted by Hugh Tilson