100 Million Mask Challenge - Workforce


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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 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.

Nationwide our members and the hospital associations are facing an emergent issue of workforce supply in “hot spots.” Certain regions are in urgent need of additional providers today, while other areas are preparing for the surge over the next weeks.  Some localities have begun a process to call up volunteers and have successfully worked with their state government to match volunteers to hospitals.

This effort will evolve, and as such the website 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 needs to combat the pandemic.

Call for Volunteers

We are aware of the following efforts seeking volunteers to help. If you are interested in helping or learning more please visit the following sites for more information. If you are a state or locality looking to add your information to this list please contact us at mfenwick@aha.org.

State-Specific Efforts

Don’t see your state’s volunteer efforts listed above? Please share information and resources for us to add by emailing mfenwick@aha.org.

Other Workforce Efforts

Missouri Hospital Association

A Framework For Managing The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Ohio Department of Health

Emergency Support Functions

Center for Health Workforce Studies

Workforce Strategies in Response to the Pandemic

New Jersey Hospital Association

Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Staffing Resource Toolkit

New Mexico Department of Health

New Mexico Crisis Standards of Care Plan

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.

COVID Staffing Collaborative

American Organization of Nurse Leaders

Webinar: Pandemic Surge Staffing: Insights from the Front Lines in N.Y.

Hear from nurse leaders from across the state of New York who are in various stages of planning and implementing surge staffing.

Webinar: Leading Through COVID-19: Nurse Executive Perspectives

Learn from two California nurse executives about how they are leading their organizations' COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts.

Workforce Social Needs

Even in normal circumstances, working in health care delivery is hard, stressful and tiring work; COVID-19 makes it especially exhausting physically and mentally. Here are some ways we can help care for and support our health care heroes.

Please read and review the information provided on this website before reaching out due to the large volume of inquiries. If you still have questions please call 855-270-6749 or click on the link below to fill out the form and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.Thank you!

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