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Workforce challenges are multifaceted and represent one of the greatest pressure points in healthcare for Alaska and nationally. Following prolonged stress from the COVID-19 pandemic, workforce challenges are especially intense and are anticipated to worsen over time. 

This page contains data on Alaska's healthcare workforce, AHHA's strategies for working collaboratively to find solutions and support facilities in recruiting and retention efforts, and links to resources and readings.

2023 Workforce Analysis

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In January 2024, AHHA released its third annual issue of the Alaska Healthcare Workforce Analysis, an in-depth report on healthcare jobs, earnings, wages, growth projections, and workforce demographics. 

Workforce Highlights

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Find new ideas, practical tips, and inspiration in this gallery. Learn from what colleagues across the state are doing through this peer-to-peer sharing of innovation & lessons learned.


Funding for Facility-Led Initiatives

AHHA members may apply for start-up or pilot funding for workforce initiatives to try out new ideas, gather data on outcomes, and secure longer-term funding for successful strategies.

Funding for Facility Specific Training Needs

AHHA members may apply for funding to support the costs of training that contributes to staff development, improvement in patient care, and employee retention.

AHHA's Workforce Strategy

Click on the links below to learn more about AHHA's strategy to support members and work with community partners to grow the healthcare workforce.

Contact Marjie Hamburger, Director of Workforce.

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Forge strong partnerships between the healthcare industry, schools, and students (K-12+) to recruit, train, and graduate healthcare professionals to build a sustainable workforce pipeline in Alaska.

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Develop healthcare career pathways and professional development opportunities to provide training and advance skills that will improve patient care and employee retention.

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Develop and implement practices that support wellness, increase resiliency, and address burnout, violence, and other threats to retention. Remove barriers that overburden the industry and workers.


Current initiatives include the following programs, partnerships and resources:


Current initiatives include the following programs, partnerships and resources:

  • Gero Nurse Prep is an online training course to prepare RNs who care for elders to attain board certification in Gerontological Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This course equips RNs with essential clinical knowledge, skills, and competencies for gerontological nursing practice and leadership of elder care teams. Click here for more information about course reimbursement and registration for AHHA members.


Current initiatives include the following programs, partnerships and resources:

  • Engage Facilities in Efforts to Address Burnout: AHHA has partnered with DES Health Consulting on a burnout and wellness initiative pilot project led by Dr. Dan Shapiro. Five facilities are part of an initial cohort that began working together in December, 2021. 

  • Wellness Resources: In response to increased burnout, depression and other forms of distress among healthcare workers, AHHA created a resource page for professionals and facilities to provide a collection of tools for finding and providing support, and strategies for creating work environments that prioritize the well-being of healthcare workers.

  • Workplace Violence Prevention: AHHA's Workplace Violence Prevention Toolkit includes resources to support hospital leaders in communicating with staff, working with law enforcement, and developing comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans.

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