The Integrated Care Workforce

Critical to the success of integration is a workforce that is adequately trained to provide care for the physical and behavioral health needs of patients. Integrated care providers include primary care clinicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, counselors, care coordinators, health promoters, peer coaches, and patient navigators. Unfortunately, the majority of this health care workforce has not traditionally been trained to work together to provide comprehensive, team-based integrated services. Other factors impacting the adequacy of the integrated care workforce include:

  • the shortage of primary care providers,
  • the shortage of specialty mental health providers especially in underserved and rural areas,
  • the increasing number of insured Americans,
  • new health care technology,
  • the aging and retirement of current health care providers, and
  • the aging of Americans and increasing health care demands.

This month, the AHRQ Academy will release our new featured product that describes the competencies needed for workforce development in integrated care. Stay tuned! In the meantime, read our New & Notable stories that address integration’s workforce issues.

Visit also our Education & Workforce section on the portal to learn more about workforce issues and corresponding recommendations and to see a list of integration training and education programs. Here, you can also read our relevant Latest News stories and Expert Insights:

Additionally, watch our NIAC members as they discuss the integrated care workforce:

Please visit us again to see our new workforce product and to read more new stories on the workforce in integrated care settings.

Posted March 2015