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

The Arizona Board of Regents 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.

It’s estimated nearly 3 million Arizonans have limited access to primary care, and more than one in three Arizona hospitals 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 UArizona Medical Student Graduates

Increase Nursing and Other Health Care Graduates

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

Regent Fred DuVal, Chair Elect of the Arizona Board of Regents

The Gap

Unless action is taken, annual growth in all Arizona health 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.


Registered Nurses




Behavioral Health Workers


Dental Hygienists


Physical Therapists


Occupational Therapists