Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic’s onset in the United States in early 2020, policymakers saw the healthcare system as providing opportunities to employ low-income individuals in jobs with potential for good wages and career advancement. The pandemic may have changed those assumptions.
This brief reviews changes in the labor market for healthcare workers from January through September 2020. The brief focuses on occupations targeted by a significant ongoing investment in healthcare workforce development: the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) awarded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Epstein, Zachary and Maureen Sarna. 2021. The Healthcare Workforce during COVID-19: Results from an Environmental Scan, OPRE Report 2021-104. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.