Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce
The Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce works to see Georgia communities, especially in medically underserved areas, have improved access to needed physicians and other health care practitioners, thereby enhancing the health and wellbeing of Georgia's citizens. It fulfills this vision by identifying and meeting the health care workforce needs of Georgia communities through the support and development of medical education programs.
The Board meets quarterly to address the challenges presented above. Although meetings times and location may vary, the majority of meetings are held at the Board’s office in Atlanta. Agendas, minutes and additional meeting information can be found on the Board’s website.
Main functions of the Board include:
Provide funding for medical education programming (schools and residencies)
Produce data reports on the state’s physician workforce
Administer service-cancelable loan repayment programs
Hold job fairs for resident physicians
Originally started in 1976 as the Joint Board of Family Practice, the Board changed its name to the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce in 1999. In 2011, the powers and duties of the State Medical Education Board were transferred to the GBPW. In 2019, the Board's name changed again to the Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce to better reflect its expanded scope of data analyses and loan repayment programs for dentists, nurses, and physician assistants.
The Board is administratively attached to the Georgia Department of Community Health for certain functions such as budget and human resources.