Healthcare Workforce Opportunities and Challenges Linda Cragin, MassAHEC Network UMass Medical School. AHEC: Area Health Education Center.
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Opportunities and Challenges
Linda Cragin, MassAHEC Network
UMass Medical School
Children of Immigrants/Total Children:
1) Office of Immigration Studies
2) Kaiser State Health Facts
In March 2005, Massachusetts Public Schools reported112 different primary languages.
Racial and ethnic minority health care professionals are significantly more likely than their white peers to serve minority and medically underserved communities…
…African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, many Hispanic/Latino populations, and some Asian American (e.g., Hmong and other Southeast Asians) and Pacific Islander groups (e.g., Native Hawaiians) are grossly underrepresentedamong the nation’s health professionals.
In the Nation's Compelling Interest:
Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce/IOM
In Connecticut, while Blacks and Hispanics make up morethan 18% of the population:
University of Massachusetts Boston/US DOL and Census
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. AdultsBRFSS,1990, 1999, 2008
(*BMI 30, or about 30 lbs. overweight for 5’4” person)
No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%
“Primary Care that is squarely centered on each patient’s individual needs is the only hope for fixing the broken US healthcare system.”
Paul Grundy, MD, IBM director of
Healthcare, Technology and Strategic Planning.
Healthcare IT News by Richard Pizzi,
Associate Editor 10/15/07
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Association of Academic Health Centers (2007):
The industry is currently seeking to increase the available labor pool of health care employees. To attract new employees to the health care industry, industry employers are focusing recruitment from non-traditional labor pools. Increasing the diversity of workers and reducing turnover rates is also of concern.
Industry employers are focused on preparing entry-level workers for positions in health care. Efforts also include the expansion of access to training for incumbent workers and fulfilling workforce needs in targeted and specialized skill areas.
To meet the training and recruitment needs of health care employees, the industry is seeking to expand the numbers of academic and clinical instructors and facilities and resources to facilitate training. The industry is working to align employer requirements and curriculum to fulfill more adequately the needs of health care employers.
U.S. Dept of Labor
What does it mean for you? prepare workers for careers in health care industry
Job Security… prepare workers for careers in health care industry