It's not only our free clinics that are understaffed these days. The entire health care system is seeing critical shortages of doctors, nurses and allied health care workers, all across the country.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now provides a Web site called the Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC) where you can find "information on health workforce solutions in one centralized and easy-to-access online location."
Visitors will have a broad range of publications and other resources at their fingertips. The site also offers free, customized assistance from information specialists (digital librarians), who will search databases on workforce topics and funding resources, furnish relevant publications, and connect users to workforce experts and federal programs, among others.
“Many people in government and private and nonprofit organizations need access to the type of quickly assembled, user-friendly data the center will make available,” said Kristine Sande, HWIC deputy director at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Accurate information on the health workforce will be vitally important in the ongoing health care debate, and we provide a way for individuals to get it from a single, trusted source.”