RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative Fellow Attends UN General Assembly

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Elizabeth Holguin attends the 71st UN General Assembly with Dr. Judith Shamian, President of the International Council of Nurses. Dr. Shamian is the only health care professional to serve as a commissioner on the High-Level Commission for Health Employment and Economic Growth to address health workforce issues. According to the World Health Organization, the global economy is projected to create approximately 40 million new health sector jobs by 2030, mostly in middle- and high-income countries. Despite the anticipated growth in jobs, there will be a projected shortage of 18 million health workers to achieve and sustain the Sustainable Development Goals, primarily in low and lower-middle income countries. The Commission launched its report at the General Assembly last week, with recommendations to address these shortages.