Staff from Health Workforce Solutions (HWS) conducted a study to define and characterize the occupations that make up the frontline health and health care workforce to assist staff from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in identifying priorities for future investment.
Project staff produced a 239-page chartbook, Workers Who Care: A Graphical Profile of the Frontline Health and Health Care Workforce. HWS then published it as a CD.
More than 6 million people work in frontline occupations, half of the total health and health care workforce.
Females dominate the frontline workforce (79%), with one-third of the workers part of a racial minority (18% African American, 10% Hispanic and 4% Asian).
This workforce is growing rapidly and its workers are poorly paid.