The White House on Monday unveiled a new initiative led by The Advisory Board Company and Hope Street Group—in partnership with several health systems—to help train and retain hundreds of thousands of health care workers.
In a blog post, the National Economic Council's Alefiyah Mesiwala and Ryan Burke note the growing need for health care workers who have the skills to further care coordination and value-based care. But today, "hundreds of thousands of entry-level and middle-skilled roles in health care are sitting unfilled," they write.
To help fill those jobs and equip employees with the tools to thrive in their careers, Mesiwala and Burke say, the privately led Health Careers Pathways (HCP) initiative will work to align workforce training with employer needs on a national scale.
The Advisory Board's commitment
As part of HCP, the Advisory Board will convene health care employers to describe and measure the skills needed in today's health care jobs. That, in turn, will help training programs equip students with the tools to move between roles and employers.
The Advisory Board's Healthcare Employer Task Force will provide recommendations by the end of the year on a training and retention framework for entry- and mid-level health care workers. The final report will be widely disseminated to training providers, employers, policymakers, and other workforce organizations.
Initial members of the task force include Fairview Health Services, Mercy Health West Michigan, NYC Health + Hospitals, Sutter Health, and UPMC.
"HCP offers a unique opportunity to convene employers, educators, and policymakers to identify actionable best practices and effective models for training and retaining health professionals who are prepared for today's health care jobs," says Piper Su, VP of the Advisory Board's Health Policy division.
"Not only can the task force help to give more Americans seeking opportunity promising careers, but it can support a health care system that is built to help patients manage their conditions and avoid unnecessary care," Su adds. "We invite our members to join us by sharing their own work and ideas."
Health Career Pathways Communities
The White House on Monday also announced a second component of HCP: the creation of seven founding Health Career Pathways Communities, convened by Hope Street Group.
The HCP communities—comprised of 15 hospitals and health systems, 11 community colleges and systems, 7 workforce groups, and 12 community-based organizations—will create a common career pathways model and assist more than 1,000 disadvantaged Americans with job training and placement.
The hospitals and health systems in the founding HCP communities are:
- Mercy Health West Michigan (covering Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Michigan)
- Fairview Health Services (Minneapolis);
- Centura Health, University of Colorado Health, Denver Health, Kaiser Permanente, SCL Health System, HealthOne, and Children's Hospital Colorado (Denver);
- Montefiore Health System (Bronx, Westchester, and Hudson Valley, New York);
- Northwell Health (New York City);
- Carolinas HealthCare System (Charlotte, North Carolina);
- Dignity Health, Sutter Health, UC Davis Health System, and Kaiser Permanente (Sacramento)
(Mesiwala/Burke, White House blog post, 4/25; White House release, 4/25).
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