WHY AND HOW TO ESTABLISH AN ALLIED HEALTH COUNCIL. ASAHP WORKSHOP, MARCH 16 2006 David E. Yoder, Ph.D. Executive Director The Council for Allied Health in North Carolina. WHY?.
ASAHP WORKSHOP, MARCH 16 2006
David E. Yoder, Ph.D. Executive Director
The Council for Allied Health
in North Carolina
List and examine the reason(s) for establishing a visible and audible “VOICE”for allied health sciences and professions in your state.
“The purpose of this (first) meeting is to explore the feasibility and desirability to expand the recruitment of allied health professionals… We are convinced that a more unified effort is needed statewide to resolve allied health manpower shortage issues.”
L. Ann Daniels, Northwest AHEC
12. President of NC Alliance of Allied Health Professionals
Guiding Principles of the First Invitational Conference - 19891. Must have wide-ranging representation, including practitioners, employers, policy-makers and educators.2. Invitation only to target the appropriate leaders.3. The definition of “allied health” for purposes of the conference included 20 most visible professions.4. The Conference would serve as a first step, not as a finished product. Should generate proposal(s) for directions and strategies to address issues in AH workforce development in NC.
Precepts Cont’d5. Must include ample opportunity for interaction and discussion. Small group sessions to promote constructive discussion of key issues.6. Needs the guidance and support of allied health practioners, educators and employers to address the workforce issues confronting the state.
1. The Role of Educational Policy in Influencing Supply
2. Health Professions Education Funding
3. Licensure, Certification and Accreditation
4. The Health Care Employer’s Perspective
5. Personnel and Long-Term Care
6. Approaches to Measuring Demand and Supply
4. Mandate for organized planning to meet the AH manpower needs. Rx. Establish a “health manpower council.”
Ultimate goal must be to ensure access to appropriate health care to all communities in N.C., and access to professional opportunities for those with interest and potential to become AH professionals.
To develop greater inter-professional identification and cooperation among the diverse professions.
To provide valuable input into the strategy proposals being developed.
From written strategies, create solutions to problems and set priorities on issues.
“Allied Health in North Carolina: From Crisis to Empowerment ”
Strategies for the founding document for the Allied HealthCouncilin N.C. and the scope of its work.
Established a Council under the the guidance of the N.C AHEC. This is a “neutral” body funded by the NC Legislature through the UNC System. This was accomplished by the late Dr. Gene Mayer Director of the N.C. AHEC in 1991. From the beginning Council membership consisted of educators, employers, educators and allied health professionals.
Ensure access to a well-prepared, well-distributed allied health workforce that is representative of the diversity of North Carolina communities.
Monitor trends in the demand, supply, distribution of allied health workforce in the state, in cooperation with NC area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC), the Sheps Center for Health Service Research, and key professional, employer and educational groups.
Provide policymakers at the local and state level with accurate information related to allied health workforce and educational needsto make appropriate decisions regarding resources for education and training in the state’s community college system and four-year universities.
Provide employers and state agencies with allied health workforce data to help meet the demands for health care service needs of the state.
Monitor and respond to state and federal initiatives and actions that affect the delivery of allied health care services in North Carolina.
Serves as a source for public and private university systems, community colleges and the general publicto inform them of workforce imbalances affecting access and costs of services as well as supply and demand issues.
Serve as a point of coordination, support, information exchange, and crisis interventionfor allied health professions, employers and allied health education programs in the state.
The Council MeetsBimonthly, five times a year.First Wednesday of the month beginning in September.The Council does not meet in July.May meetinghi-lights Prof. Associations.All meetings are open to the public.Visit the Council website:www.alliedhealthcouncilNC.org
1. 29allied health professionsrepresenting more than 21,000 professionals.Divided into 6 groups:
1. Counseling & Recreation Science (5)
2. Rehabilitation Sciences (4)
3. Diagnostic Sciences I (9)
4. Diagnostic Sciences II (4)
5. Dental Sciences (2)
6. Medical Sciences (5)
Representative for each group serves for 2 years. Rotation of professions within each group every 2 years.
2. 6 Educational Organizations:UNC System & AH Dean Rep Independent Colleges & Universities NC Comm. College Sys. & AH Dean Rep NC AHEC
NC Health Careers Access Program
NC State Educ. Assistance Authority
Representatives are appointed by Admin. of the system & serve at their discretion.
3. 8employer groups:
NC Hospital Assoc.;
Assoc. for Health Care Facilities;
Assoc. for Home & Hospice Care;
Mental Health, DD & Substance Abuse;
Division of Rural Health;
Division of Public Health;
Health & Human Services.Representatives are appointed by their Admin. and serve at their discretion.
Meets by Conference Call on alternate months of Council Meetingsre: establishing Council agenda.Composed of:
Immediate Past Chair;
Representatives of: Professional Assoc.;
Membership at Large;
Workforce Data Chair
Chair: Pres. of NCHA
Members are Reps of:
Council Chair, Past Chair, Exec. Dir.
a.Established an ongoing and open forum in 1991 for sharing information and issues related to:
b.Developed and implemented a plan in 1994 to address serious workforce shortages in OT, PT, and SLP.
c.Collaborated with statewide communities in a successful effort to seek legislative approval and support ($3,728,934.) for the expansion of programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology
-Provided funding for Distance Learning to upgrade BS level SLPs to MS
d.Established, with the NC AHEC and Sheps Center for Health Services Research a comprehensive survey and model database of supply and demand of allied health workforce personnel. Because It became clear that collection and dissemination of information on the status of the allied health workforce would be an important continuing role for the Council.
e.Established an office of the Council for Allied Health in NC in 2002 because we saw the need for more sustainable leadership.
g.Established regular communication with 29 NC Allied Health Professional Associations representing more than 21,000 allied health professionals.
h. Established an ombudsman service to persons who contact the Council with questions & issues related to education, professional services, licensure etc.
j. Established a collaboration with the Sheps Center for Health Sciences Research and the N.C. AHEC to undertake a number of allied health workforce studies.
WORKFORCE REPORTSElectronic copies of the reports are available atwww.shepscenter.unc.edu/hpunder “publications”&www.alliedhealthcouncilNC.orgunder “reports”or call [email protected]
Establish a mechanism for permanent funding. Request will go to NC GA-06.
PROVIDES AN OPEN FORUM FOR PRACTITIONERS, EMPLOYERS AND EDUCATORS TO MEET AND WORK COLLABORATIVELY TOWARD RESOLVING THE CRITICAL ALLIED HEALTH CARE ISSUES CONFRONTING OUR STATE.