2021 Workforce Report

WHA’s 2021 Wisconsin Health Care Workforce Report shows that COVID-19 accelerated historic trends that were already stressing Wisconsin’s health care workforce—most notably, an increasing demand for health care services by an aging population combined with disproportionate retirements of health care workers relative to new professionals entering the field, a phenomenon referred to as the “Silver Tsunami.”

WHA recommends that health care organizations, educators and policymakers aim for good health care policy that will support the health care workforce and sustain the excellent health care Wisconsin is known for. And while pursuing these solutions, Wisconsin must also take stock of its public health infrastructure shortcomings in preparation for the inevitable next global health emergency.