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New State Alliance Forming to Tackle North Carolina’s
Growing Post-ACA Health Professional Shortage


Winston-Salem, NC (March 24, 2015) – Now that more Americans have health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the nation’s healthcare system requires more health professionals at a time of rapid and diverse population growth. A new academic and community partnership – the North Carolina Alliance for Health Profession Diversity – aims to tackle this crisis by directly addressing the state’s growing healthcare needs while providing a working model for other states also committed to expanding and diversifying their health workforces.

Representatives from North Carolina’s Academic Health Centers, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) will come together for a formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which will mark the official formation of the North Carolina Alliance for Health Professionals Diversity. Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Chairman of The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., will serve as keynote speaker during the March 27, 2015 ceremony at Winston-Salem State University.

“To give North Carolinians greater access to care and better health outcomes, we need more health professionals who are culturally-competent, racially- and ethnically-diverse, and who will embrace the interprofessional training needed to thrive in today’s healthcare environment. Enhancing community access to healthcare will give us a stronger nation overall,” said Sullivan.

Over the past 25 years, America’s increasingly diverse population has been growing at a faster rate than its population of trained health personnel. The Association of American Medical Colleges recently reported that America would have a doctor shortage of 46,000-90,000 by the year 2025. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that America will need 1.05 million additional registered nurses by 2022. And according to HRSA, there are: 6,100 U.S. communities designated as primary care health profession shortage areas (HPSAs); 4,900 designated as dental HPSAs; and 4,000 designated mental health HPSAs.

The formal signing ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. EST in Dillard Auditorium at the Anderson Conference Center at Winston-Salem State University. The ceremony is open to news media.

What:The North Carolina Alliance for Health Profession Diversity
Where:Winston-Salem State University, Dillard Auditorium, the Anderson Center
When:2 p.m. EST, Friday, March 27, 2015
Who:

Senior representatives from The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions (The Sullivan Alliance), Winston-Salem State University and the following participating colleges, universities and state agencies:

Appalachian State University, Bennett College, Campbell University, Davidson Community College, East Carolina University, Elon University, University of North Carolina Greensboro, High Point University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Forsyth County Department of Public Health, Johnson C. Smith University, Western Carolina University, N.C. Area Health Education Center, North Carolina Central University, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, St. Augustine’s University, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

About The Sullivan Alliance
Under the leadership of Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions, Inc. was organized in January 2005, to act on the reports and recommendations of the Sullivan Commission (Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions, September, 2004), and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce (In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce). The Alliance is engaged, domestically and internationally, in health workforce and health disparities projects, particularly innovative health workforce diversity efforts, interprofessional training and health care delivery.

For more information, go to www.thesullivanalliance.org, Twitter (@SullivanAllianc) or Facebook (SullivanAlliance).