Utah’s Health Workforce Advisory Council

Photo Credit: Audrey Livingston

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. 

Next Meeting:

Next Quarterly Meeting: Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Zoom Meeting Info:
Passcode: UThwac321!


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

Chris Williams, MPA
Division Director of Workforce Research and Analysis, Utah 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

Wayne Samuelson, MD
Dean of Medical Education, University of Utah School of Medicine
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

Greg Bell, JD
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


Data Subcommittee
Chair: Mark Steinagel

Legislative Review Subcommittee
Chair: Dr. Teresa Garrett

To review the HWAC’s comments on health workforce related legislation click here.


March 15, 2023
December 6, 2022
September 29, 2022
To view previous HWAC meeting minutes and content, please click here.

Program Statute and Rule: 26B-1-424

If you have a questions or comment you’d like to submit to the Health Workforce Advisory Council please click below.

HWAC’s Staff Contact Information

Ashley Moretz, Director
Primary Care and Rural Health
Utah Department of Health and Human Services

Kendyl Brockman, Health Workforce Policy Analyst
Primary Care and Rural Health
Utah Department of Health and Human Services