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Building Arizona's Health Care Workforce and Delivering A healthy Future

The 鶹ѿ and its public universities have launched a bold initiative to build our state’s health care workforce with a new plan: AZ Healthy Tomorrow. This plan will rapidly grow the health care workforce with the creation of two new medical schools and increased medical school graduates.

’s have limited access to primary care, and more than face a critical staffing shortage.

This multi-faceted health care initiative for Arizonans is crucial for the long-term health care needs of our state. The plan includes major growth and new investment by each of our state’s public universities, significant partnerships with the private sector, and the support of state government.

What are our next steps?

Launch New medical Schools at ASU and NAU

Double U鶹ѿMedical Student Graduates

Increase Nursing and Other Health Care Graduates

"There is not a moment to waste as 鶹ѿmust train and deploy the health care professionals our fast-growing population requires. AZ Healthy Tomorrow is about bettering the lives of Arizonans and 鶹ѿfamilies by improving access to health care and lowering costs."

Regent Fred DuVal, Chair Elect of the 鶹ѿ

The Gap

Unless action is taken, annual growth in all 鶹ѿhealth care professions over the next decade is projected to slow. According to ABOR analysis, below are the number of professionals needed by 2030 to fill the shortages.

14,291

Registered Nurses

3,644

Physicians

2,419

Behavioral Health Workers

1,120

Dental Hygienists

988

Physical Therapists

871

Occupational Therapists