COMMISSION TO STUDY THE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE CRISIS IN MARYLAND

Kimberly B. Link, J.D., Chair (chosen by Secretary of Health)

Appointed by Senate President: Pamela G. Beidle; Clarence K. Lam, M.D.

Appointed by House Speaker: Ariana B. Kelly; Kenneth P. Kerr.

Representing Department of Veterans Affairs: Michelle Cariaso

Ex officio: R. Michael Gill, Secretary of Commerce; Tiffany P. Robinson, Esq., Secretary of Labor; Mohammed Choudhury, State Superintendent of Schools; Roger J. Ward, Ed.D., J.D., Provost, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Andrea McLendon, Chair, Private [Career School] Advisory Council, Maryland Higher Education Commission; Ross K. Goldstein, Executive Director, Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center.

Ex officio from Maryland Department of Health: Dennis R. Schrader, Secretary of Health; Lisa A. Burgess, M.D., Acting Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health; Bernard A. Simons, Deputy Secretary of Developmental Disabilities; Jinlene Chan, M.D., Deputy Secretary of Public Health; Randolph S. Sergent, Esq., Chair, Maryland Health Care Commisssion; Francis X. McLaughlin, Jr., Executive Director, State Board of Dental Examiners; Karen E. B. Evans, R.N., Executive Director, State Board of Nursing; Deena N. Speights-Napata, Executive Director, State Board of Pharmacy; Christine A. Farrelly, Executive Director, State Board of Physicians; Patricia T. (Tricia) Nay, M.D., Director, Office of Health Care Quality; Noel Brathwaite, Ph.D., Director, Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities; Sara A. Seitz, Director, State Office of Rural Health.


[photo, Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building entrance, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland] c/o Health Occupations Boards & Commissioners
Maryland Department of Health
Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2399
(410) 764-4682
e-mail: kimberly.link@maryland.gov


Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building entrance, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, October 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Interim Report to Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee, and House Health & Governmental Operations Committee due Dec. 31, 2022.

Final Report to Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee, and House Health & Governmental Operations Committee due Dec. 31, 2023.


In April 2022, the Commission to Study the Health Care Workforce Crisis in Maryland was created by the General Assembly (Chapter 708, Acts of 2022).

The Commission charge is to determine the extent of the health care workforce shortage in Maryland. This will include its extent in different settings, such as in-home care, hospitals, private practice, nursing homes, schools, community health centers, hospice care; in different geographic regions; in care provided in different languages; in environmental services for hospitals and nursing homes; and in different levels of care for health occupations.

For workforce shortages, the Commission will examine turnover rates and average length of tenure. It will consider strategies to reduce turnover, including increases in wages and opportunities for career advancement.

The Commission is to examine future needs of health care workers by region and language as populations age. It will consider ways to encourage people to enter and remain in health care, including changes to high school curricula, mid-career transition programs, state tax incentives, grant programs, enhanced benefits, tuition subsidies, and potential rate increases.

Authorization for the Commission ends December 31, 2023.

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