In 1999 the General Assembly directed the Joint Commission on Health Care to review the efficiency, effectiveness, and outcomes of the Commonwealth's health workforce initiatives. The resulting document, the Health Workforce Study (Senate Document No. 47) contained a policy option that the Joint Commission on Health Care could introduce legislation directing the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to coordinate the Commonwealth's efforts in recruiting and retaining providers for underserved areas and populations.
The next year, HB 1076 was introduced. It established VDH's health workforce duties and responsibilities and required VDH to establish a Health Workforce Advisory Committee to advise it on all aspects of VDH's health workforce duties and responsibilities.
The mission of the Health Workforce Advisory Committee is to advise on all aspects of VDH health workforce duties and responsibilities.
For additional information about HWAC, please email Alice.Peyton