Youth are an immediate and long-term priority for health workforce development. The WHO Global HRH Strategy: Workforce 2030 estimates that 40 million new health jobs will be created by 2030. Indeed, the future health workforce depends on engaging youth and understanding their pivotal role in making health workforce development a long-term priority. Filling these jobs will depend on youth-centred recruitment efforts and understanding youth decision-making about careers. Engaging youth to pursue meaningful careers in health has the potential to support achieving health for all substantively (WHO, 2016b).
The Positive Youth Development Framework can be useful to consider when designing, implementing, and monitoring health workforce development programs to promote a vision of healthy, productive, and engaged youth.