Utah's Health Workforce Advisory Council

Upcoming HWAC meeting

The public is invited to join the next HWAC meeting!
Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 8:00 - 9:45 AM

About the HWAC

On March 23, 2022, Governor Spencer Cox signed bill H.B. 176, which created Utah’s Health Workforce Advisory Council (HWAC). The Council is charged with providing information and recommendations to help expand and strengthen Utah’s health workforce. The HWAC is chaired by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Executive Director, Tracy Gruber, and has fourteen additional members from both state and private entities. The council meetings are public, so we invite any interested parties to join.


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Inventory of Initiatives

The HWAC provides insight, feedback, and recommendations on Utah's laws and policies related to the healthcare workforce. You can review comments and insights by viewing the HWAC's Inventory of Initiatives.

Advisory Council Members

Tracy Gruber, JD
Executive Director, Department of Health and Human Services

Chris Williams, MPA
Division Director of Workforce Research and AnalysisUtah Department of Workforce Services

Jared Haines, MOB
Senior Advisor for Technical Education, Utah System of Higher Education

Kendra Muir, MHL, RN
School Nursing/ Wellness Specialist, Utah State Board of Education

Mark Steinagel, MPA
Director, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL), Utah Department of Commerce

Nubia Peña, JD
Director, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

Elizabeth Klc, MPA
Director, Utah Substance Use and Mental Health Advisory Council (USAAV+)

Tyler Goddard, LCSW, MSW
Health Director, The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

Samuel Finlayson, MD, MPH, MBA
Interim Dean, Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah Health
Chair, Utah Medical Education Council

Rita Osborn, MBA
Executive Director, Utah Center for Rural Health

Sarah Woolsey, MD
Medical Director, Association for Utah Community Health

Francis Gibson, MSW, MBA
President, Utah Hospital Association

Cheryl Hanewicz, MS, EdD
Dean, College of Health and Public Service, Utah Valley University

Teresa Garrett, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC
Director at Large, Utah Nursing Association

Tiffiny Lipscomb, MA-OM
Vice President of Human Resources, Intermountain Healthcare

The Utah Health Workforce Information Center

The Utah Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC) was established within the Utah Department of Health and Human Services to serve as the state entity for health workforce data analytics. Under the guidance of the HWAC, the HWIC engages with stakeholders across the state to assess the supply, demand, distribution, and retention of healthcare providers, helping determine progress toward the goal of Utah having a diverse, well-qualified, and sustainable workforce that equitably meets the needs of all its residents.

Prior to July 1, 2022, these activities had been conducted by the Utah Medical Education Council (UMEC), whose duties were modified and formalized as a subcommittee to focus on medical education funding and administration under the Utah Health Workforce Advisory Council.

To obtain copies of archived workforce reports produced between 1998 - 2022, please contact Julie Olson at (801) 538-7048 or email juolson@utah.gov.

For more information on the HWIC or the reports they have published, please visit their website.

Health Workforce Information Center Members

Lori Savoie
Director, Health Information and Analysis Programs

Sydney Groesbeck
Lead Research Analyst, Health Workforce Information Center 

Matt Cottrell
Research Analyst

Samuel Burge
Research Analyst

Julie Olson
Administrative Assistant

Program contact info

Kendyl Brockman
Health Workforce Policy Analyst 

Codes and rules

Read about the codes and rules that govern this program.

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