Health Care Workforce Data

The health of Vermonters depends, in part, on access to health care. The Health Department measures the supply of health care providers, including their distribution by geography and specialty. These data are used as the basis for state level analysis, federal level shortage area designations, and recruitment and retention activities. In recent years there has also been a federal effort to define a “minimum dataset” of health care provider data, across the states.

History

The Health Department has been conducting a census of selected health care providers since 1994. Physicians (MDs and DOs), dentists and physician assistants were surveyed every two years at the time of their relicensing. Advance practice nurses were surveyed in 1998, 2000 and 2002.

In 2013, the Vermont Legislature enacted a law to make workforce data collection mandatory for all health care professions at the time of license renewal. Since then, census data has been collected on dozens of provider types, including nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dental hygienists and assistants, chiropractors and others. As data is analyzed, health care workforce reports are published on this website.

Who Is Included?

The surveys are intended to include all active providers, which creates a census rather than a sample survey.  For that purpose, the respondents are compared with lists of licensees (from the Board of Medical Practice or the Secretary of State, and follow-up is conducted to reach those who did not respond. Final response rate is usually above 99%. Included in the surveys and reports are those practitioners who provide patient care in Vermont. Excluded are the substantial number of providers who maintain Vermont licenses even though they do not practice in Vermont.

Data Collected

The data collected includes location(s) of practice, specialty, type of practice setting and the number of hours worked per week. This allows us to calculate full-time equivalency (FTEs) by specialty and geographic region, which is something that cannot be done from licensure data. Additional information is collected, e.g. on whether practitioners are accepting new patients.

Reports

* More reports and provider types will be forthcoming. All documents are in PDF format.

Dentists

Current Reports

Previous Reports

Provider Type Data Year Reports
Dentist 2013 Detail
Dentist 2013 Summary
Dentist 2011 Detail
Dentist 2011 Summary
Dentist 2009 Detail
Dentist 2009 Summary
Dentist 2007 Detail
Dentist 2007 Summary
Dentist 2005 Detail
Dentist 2005 Summary

* For reports before 2005, contact Moshe.Braner@vermont.gov.

Dental Assistants
Dental Hygienists
Mental Health Care Providers
Naturopathic Physicians
Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Current Reports

Previous Reports

Provider Type Data Year Reports
Nurse Practitioner 2002 Detail
Nurse Practitioner 2002 Summary
Nurse Practitioner 2000 Detail

* For reports before 2000, contact Moshe.Braner@vermont.gov.

Nurses, Licensed Nursing Assistant
Pharmacists
Pharmacy Technicians
Psychologists
Physicians

 Current Reports

Previous Reports

Provider Type Data Year Report Type
Physician 2010 Detail
Physician 2010 Summary
Physician 2008 Detail
Physician 2008 Summary
Physician 2006 Detail
Physician 2006 Summary
Physician 2004 Detail
Physician 2004 Summary

* For reports before 2004, contact Moshe.Braner@vermont.gov. 

Physican Assistants

Current Report

Previous Reports

Provider Type Data Year Reports
Physician Assistants 2012 Detail
Physician Assistants 2012 Summary
Physician Assistants 2010 Detail
Physician Assistants 2010 Summary
Physician Assistants 2008 Detail
Physician Assistants 2008 Summary
Physician Assistants 2006 Detail
Physician Assistants 2006 Summary

* For reports before 2006, contact Moshe.Braner@vermont.gov. 

Social Workers, Clinical

Contact Information

For questions about the surveys or reports, please contact:

Moshe Braner
Division of Health Surveillance
108 Cherry Street Burlington, VT 05402
Moshe.Braner@vermont.gov
Phone:802-865-7703 or  
800-869-2871 (in Vermont)