Health Care Careers
Webinar series focuses on work force needs and education
The Health Professions Network (HPN) will present a webinar series at 2 p.m. Eastern on April 26 and May 9 featuring two noted health care work force experts, Stephen N. Collier, PhD, professor, and Harold P. Jones, PhD, dean and professor, from the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Work force projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics continue to show the health care industry as having the greatest opportunity for growth. However, the changing dynamics of health care legislation and uncertain economic times are putting new demands on educational institutions as well as employers. This 60-minute webinar will explore current and emerging work force trends and needs over the next 10 years and the potential impact on health careers education programs.
With the recent recession and increased unemployment in many industries, health care clearly has emerged as the industry of the future. As new students converge on local educational institutions in record numbers, health care's education systems find themselves in challenging times. Our speakers will discuss the various issues surrounding traditional and emerging educational structures, long-term barriers, new opportunities and systems, and the new innovations that are meeting student needs while challenging traditional thinking.
Register now for both events for $99 (HPN members) or $159 (nonmembers). Registration for one event is $69 (HPN members) or $99 (nonmembers).
Note: You may register as a site so multiple individuals at your organization can view the webinar for a flat fee.
California health work force: Ready for the coming changes in health care?
Meeting the challenges of expanded insurance coverage and new financing models will be possible only with an adequate health care work force that has the needed skills and expectations to create new practice models that address emerging needs.
Meaningful decisions about expanding coverage and moving to new practice models need solid work force data and analysis. A new report from the Center for the Health Professions in California analyzes various data points to pose several critical questions:
- What are the drivers that affect the quantity and quality of California's health care work force?
- Can the current health care work force meet the changes in demand?
- Is the supply of health professionals adequate to meet the state's growing needs?
- Are new health professionals' skills aligned with emerging needs?
- What policy solutions can help California meet changing demands?
- What are some of the innovations in education and practice?
News and notes
- Health care job growth is picking up pace (HealthLeaders Media).
- R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A key to resolving the communication gap between physicians and nurses (HealthLeaders Media).
- A nationwide community college network has been established to help ensure a well-trained work force in health information technology (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology).
- Community colleges also are the "backbone" for health IT training in a new agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor (HealthLeaders Media).
- Six health professions associations form organization for interprofessional
education and practice (Association of American Medical Colleges).
- Teamwork has to come from the top (HealthLeaders Media).
- A new report predicts annual growth rates of 11 percent and up in the field of molecular diagnostics (Dark Daily).
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