The Primary Care Health Workforce Mapper explores the gaps between the geographic location of primary care providers and the health care needs of the population. The tool allows users to map primary care physician and non-physician practice locations in the United States, along with other health care facilities including hospitals, community health centers, and Rural Health Clinics, as well as Health Professional Shortage Area and Medically Underserved Area/Population designations.
In many states, nurse practitioners are able to independently diagnose, treat, and prescribe without physician involvement. By geocoding data from the National Provider Index, HealthLandscape can help explore whether access to primary care, defined by proximity to a provider, is expanded in states where NPs can practice independently. Additionally, historical data can be incorporated to explore practice location trends and whether these independent providers are moving into underserved and rural areas.
In addition to the information presented in the Primary Care Health Workforce Mapper, static maps showing the distribution of the health care workforce are available, by state. Click on a link below to access your state maps.