An Assessment of the Healthcare Capacity Building Needs of Maryland’s Primary Care and Infectious Disease Workforce

How to Participate

The 2022 Needs Assessment survey has now closed. The complete report with the results of the Needs Assessment will be published soon. Thank you for your participation!

Who Should Participate?

Anyone who works in the infectious disease and primary care fields, such as:

  • health care providers (doctors, nurses, PAs, pharmacists)
  • behavioral health providers
  • community health workers
  • executive staff
  • medical support staff
  • medical assistants
  • administrators
  • office staff

For more information about this project, contact Anna Bacharach at

If you have questions regarding your rights as a participant, you may contact Gay Hutchen at the Institutional Review Board of the Maryland Department of Health at 410-767-8448 and email

The 2022 Alive! Maryland Workforce Needs Assessment

What are your thoughts about healthcare delivery in Maryland?

Answer this brief, anonymous survey and help inform the development of competency-based educational opportunities to strengthen Maryland’s healthcare workforce!

Alive! Maryland, a program of HealthHIV and the Center for HIV / STI Integration and Capacity within the Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau at the Maryland Department of Health, is conducting its second annual Maryland Workforce Needs Assessment with individuals who work in the healthcare field. This includes anyone who works in the infectious disease and primary care fields, such as healthcare providers, behavioral health providers, community health workers, executive staff, medical support staff, medical assistants, administrators, etc. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

With gratitude,
The Alive! Maryland Team

Alive! Maryland Needs Assessment Dashboard

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Alive! Maryland Needs Assessment Report

Read the entire Alive Maryland Needs Assessment Findings Report.

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Alive! Maryland Needs Assessment At A Glance

View a one-page summary of the Alive Maryland Needs Assessment findings.

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The 2021 Alive! Maryland Workforce Needs Assessment

​​In 2021, the Maryland Department of Health engaged HealthHIV to begin Alive! Maryland, a comprehensive capacity building initiative for the state of Maryland’s primary care and HIV, viral hepatitis, STI, and harm reduction workforce. Alive! stands for Assess, Learn, Integrate, Visualize, Engage—representing each phase of the program—and serves as a motivational call to action to build capacity to improve health in Maryland. 

Alive! Maryland administered a mixed-methods needs assessment to gain insight into training and technical assistance needs of Maryland’s primary care and infectious disease workforce. Alive! Maryland outlined the following pillars, which were used to address the needs assessment through a syndemic, comprehensive, and coordinated approach: 

  • Health Equity
  • Harm Reduction
  • Self Determination
  • Sexual Health Promotion
  • Social Determinants of Health 

The assessment examined these pillars to inform the design, development, and delivery of the curricula to strengthen the technical capacity of Maryland’s infectious disease and primary care workforce.

The results indicated that COVID-19 greatly impacted prevention and care activities at all levels and highlighted the need for a more responsive approach to address the intersectionality of the HIV, STI, hepatitis, and opioid epidemics through a health equity lens. Additional areas observed in both the quantitative and qualitative data collection and described in detail in this report are: 

  • Integrate HIV, STIs, HCV, and harm reduction prevention and health services into COVID-19 services;
  • Provide mental health services at the workforce and client/patient level;
  • Invest in staff retention;
  • Incorporate sustainable and accessible telehealth models; and
  • Address support services.