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Inform, coordinate and facilitate statewide efforts to ensure that a well-trained, adequately distributed, and flexible healthcare workforce is available to meet the needs of an efficient and effective healthcare system in Oklahoma.


  • By October 2016, statewide health workforce efforts are being coordinated through a single, centralized entity.
  • By January 2016, labor demand and program supply for 20 critical healthcare occupations are identified and quantified through the development of a longitudinal, multi-sourced data set that is available for public use.
  • By October 2019, strategies are in place to reduce identified supply gaps for 20 critical health occupations.
  • By November 2019, at least five recommended policies and programs that support and retain an optimized health workforce have been implemented.

Action Items:

  • Conduct data analysis and prepare reports on health workforce supply and demand;
  • Research and analysis of state health professional education and training capacity;
  • Recommend recruitment and retention strategies for areas determined by the Oklahoma Primary Care Office or the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health to be areas of high need; and
  • Assessment of health workforce policy, evaluation of impact on Oklahoma’s health system and health outcomes, and developing health workforce policy recommendations.


Steven A. Crawford, MD, DABFM, FAAFP, Co-chair
The Christian N. Ramsey, Jr., MD Endowed Chair in Family Medicine
Professor & Chair
Department of Family & Preventive Medicine
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Teresa Huggins, Co-chair
Chief Executive Officer
Stigler Health and Wellness Center, Inc.

Brittane Grant
Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development