Workforce Issues; Primary Care; Community Health Centers; Health Homes
Though access to primary care protects health and cuts costs, this report shows there aren't enough primary care doctors and nurses at health centers to meet the need, with some areas having almost none – a situation that cannot be solved just by expanding health insurance coverage. The report indicates the availability of a primary care workforce depends on where you live, and primary care clinicians are not locating in areas that need them most, especially low-income communities. The study includes state-level projections of growing patient needs expected to stretch the health care system in years ahead. It was conducted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), the Robert Graham Center and George Washington University Department of Health Policy.
Access transformed: Building a primary care workforce for the 21st century. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Community Health Centers; Robert Graham Center; The George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, 2008.