School of Public Health Official Joins National Panel Addressing
Shortage of Health Care Workers
Contact: Vincent Reda, 518-437-4985
Edward S. Salsberg, director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies
at UAlbany's School of Public Health, today was named to a blue-ribbon
commission of national health care leaders assigned to address one of
the field's most significant problems: the immediate and long-term shortages
of health care personnel.
The formation of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Commission
on Workforce was announced at an AHA Board of Trustees press conference
in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
Salsberg was founding director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies
in 1996. It has become one of four centers nationwide receiving federal
support to conduct state and region workforce studies. Its numerous
ongoing projects relate to assessing, educating, improving technical
assistance to and providing new data for the health care workforce.
The Center also seeks to improve the effectiveness of the marketplace
for health professionals and other health workers.
Before coming to UAlbany, Salsberg was the director of the Bureau of
Health Resources Development in the New York State Department of Health.
There, for more than 12 years, he helped design and administer health
workforce programs and policies for New York. A member of the steering
committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy, he has extensive
experience in policy-relevant workforce data collection and analysis.
The AHA Workforce Commission is charged with identifying strategies
to increase recruitment, retention and development of qualified caregivers
and support staff in hospitals and with issuing a final report by April
2002. The report's recommendations will be shared with government leaders
and professional groups such as educators, labor and technology leaders.
Commission Chairman Peter W. Butler said: "This is one of the most
significant issues facing every hospital. We've recruited leaders from
within and outside health care to participate because it will take solutions
involving all of us to head off this growing threat."
Combined pressures - a shrinking workforce, an aging population, traditional
work designs, changing social attitudes about work, financial concerns,
increased demand and other stresses - have translated into a severe
personnel deficit in U.S. health care facilities. Though the nursing
shortage has received much attention, hospitals also face a decreasing
applicant pool of caregivers in general, including pharmacists, technicians,
technologists and therapists.
Founded in 1898, the AHA is a not-for-profit association of health
care provider organizations and individuals that includes nearly 5,000
hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and
37,000 individual members.
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March 27, 2001
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