Wednesday August 25, 2021

Support and Coordination for Workforce Shortages

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our health care workforce is a key priority for our nation’s hospitals and health systems. In addition to a national shortage of protective equipment (PPE) there are also workforce shortage issues related to COVID-19. AHA is expanding our 100 Million Mask Challenge to support the state, regional and metro hospital associations as they assist hospitals both locally and across their states to address growing workforce shortages.

This platform and effort is not intended to replace any state or local efforts but to complement and augment existing efforts to identify health care workers and volunteers who may be interested in returning to or joining the workforce to help with the COVID-19 crisis.

This effort will evolve, and as such the page will be updated to provide the latest information we have. We encourage you to provide feedback, share resources and identify strategies to address the workforce shortages that are being exacerbated during this time.

National-Level Efforts

Licensure Waiver

Other Workforce Efforts

Discounts and resources available for first responders

As the women and men in America’s hospitals and health systems heroically fight COVID-19 on behalf of their patients and communities, a number of companies are offering discounts to these front-line health care workers. The COVID Disounts & Offers page will be updated as new partnerships and discounts develop. Thank you to the many businesses both large and small for your willingness to support our health care heroes. If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to us at

COVID Staffing Project

The COVID Staffing Project unites collaborators from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Michigan Medicine’s Center for Surgical Training and Research (C-STAR) and Department of Learning Health Sciences, and the Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative (PLSC). They share a common goal of creating a toolkit that supports hospitals of all sizes in projecting their frontline workforce needs as patient demand and staff availability evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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