North Carolina’s Innovative Strategy to Confront the Challenge What Motivated this Project? Project Goals and Products Results and Outcomes Challenges How to Improve Workforce Planning Efforts
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Purpose is to provide an overview of the lessons learned from collecting allied health workforce data: What have we learned? What has gone well and what hasn’t gone so well? How can you collect workforce data to shape allied health workforce policy in your state?
Why We Need to Pay Attention to the Rising Demand for Allied Health Workers in NC How to count allied health workers Why should policy makers care about the allied health care workforce? Allied health job bacancy tracking project What’s needed? Better coordination of allied health workforce development efforts
Human Resources for Health The term “stress” is used to describe conditions where supply trends move differently than they have in the past Workforce problems and solutions Past and current research themes Questions to be asked
The Sheps/NC AHEC Collaboration The NC Health Professions Data System (HPDS) Lessons Learned The Challenge: Defining AHEC role in context of declining funding and limited national capacity for workforce planning Moving Forward: Technical Assistance
Policy context of allied health What can NC learn from New Zealand? Allied health job vacancy tracking report: demand-side data Are We Creating Intelligence
Diversity and emerging workforce shortages Where do the data come from and what are strengths/limitations? What does health workforce diversity currently look like in the state? How has workforce diversity changed over time? Where are NC’s diverse practitioners educated? Data reflections: What does it all mean?
Retooling and Reconfiguring North Carolina’s Health Workforce to Meet the Demands of a Transformed Health Care System Why we need to retool and reconfigure the workforce Current challenges Future challenges What is needed to move toward a transformed system? Alignment of AHEC traditional mission with goals of health reform
Overview of the NC HPDS Review of the fall 2011 NC allied health vacancy report Review of NC health workforce diversity (2009 data)
Reconfiguring and Retooling the Workforce To Meet the Needs of a Transformed Health System Current policy context Health workforce planning in the past Health workforce planning in the future What can we learn from New Zealand?
What will North Carolina need now and in the future? Current policy context Shift from “who” delivers care to “how” care is delivered Flexible use of workers needed to improve care delivery and efficiency Engaging clinicians, employers and patients in reconfiguring workforce Building partnerships Using data to shape policy
Health system is transforming; existing workers take on new roles There are imbalances in the geographic location, specialty and practice settings of health professionals New and existing workforce will shift from acute to ambulatory,community- and home-based settings Career ladders missing, have broken rungs
How can we transform the workforce to meet the needs of a transformed health system? Presenter: Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, Director, Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC-Chapel Hill When: April 9th, 2014 at 2:00pm EDT Length: 1 hour Slides: HWTACwebinar3_Fraher_9Apr2014.pdf Description: Much discussion is underway… Read more »
How can we transform the workforce to meet the needs of a transformed health system? March 25, 2014: North Carolina Community College System, CE Leadership Institute Framing this presentation People ask us: “Will North Carolina have the right number of health professionals it needs now and in the future?” I’d like to reframe as: What… Read more »
January 21, 2014: NC Legislative Review Committee on Health Care Provider Practice Sustainability and Training/Additional Transparency Presentation overview Where do we get data on NC providers? How many health providers are enough? Benchmarking: North Carolina to United States (US data are shaky) Monitoring trends: are we worse or better off than in the past? (NC… Read more »