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Linking People with Criminal Records to Employment in the Health Care Sector

HHSThis report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)—and an accompanying infographic—explores how the need for workers in health care professions can be partially met by hiring individuals with criminal records. The materials are organized around five considerations, which touch on how: growth in the health care sector has created a demand for employees that some people with criminal records are qualified to safely fill; improved methods for screening an applicant’s criminal record are successfully being used throughout the country; the growing health care occupations such as emergency medical technicians, certified nursing assistants, and community health workers have been successfully filled by people with criminal records; the federal government, states, and communities are engaging in efforts to eliminate unnecessary occupational licensing requirements; and hiring individuals with criminal records can improve the health care workforce.