WORKFORCE COMMITTEE

 

WHAT WE DO: The Workforce Committee of the Arizona Action Coalition is charged with implementing Recommendation 8 of the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 Future of Nursing Report. Recommendation 8 asks for improvement in research, collection and analysis of data on healthcare workforce requirements.

 

OUR GOAL: The Workforce Committee’s goal is to design a sustainable infrastructure to collect, analyze and maintain inter-professional healthcare workforce supply and demand data. Arizona currently collects information about the supply of healthcare workers through a variety of avenues, including professional licensing boards and surveys. The complexities of healthcare workforce community demographics and demand in Arizona are not well developed to date.

 

OUR STRATEGY: The Committee’s strategy is to identify and convene a coordinated, statewide collaborative of committed healthcare stakeholders to address this issue. This workforce collaborative will identify additional key stakeholders to participate in the discussion, as well as develop short and long term strategic and action plans to guide the design of an “infrastructure” for an Arizona Healthcare Workforce Center. This Workforce Center will include the all the components (organization, processes, plans, and manpower, technology and funding resources) needed to maintain and sustain its long-term viability.

 

WHY IS HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE SUPPLY AND DEMAND DATA IMPORTANT?

The face of healthcare is changing. Arizona’s healthcare leaders and policymakers must be able to respond to a diverse demographic, an aging population, and current and expected economic conditions that affect the utilization, acuity, and location of services. The industry must also be able to timely adapt to opportunities for professional education and training resulting from emerging technology. We need to develop reliable information about the characteristics of Arizona healthcare workforce, as well as high quality information about parameters of institutional and community demand for that workforce.

 

The availability of valid, reliable, readily available, and consistent workforce supply and demand data assists healthcare executives, business leaders, educators, researchers, and policymakers in identifying staffing needs and community resource availability, policy planning, and development of education and training opportunities to meet the future anticipated demand for all types of healthcare workers for a given region or community.

THE BOTTOM LINE: High quality workforce supply and demand data results in better planning for Arizona’s future healthcare system needs.

 

Tanie Sherman, BSN, RN, MBAtmsherma@asu.edu  Carla Clark, PhD, RN, CNMLCarla.clark@bannerhealth.com 

 

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Building an Infrastructure for the Collection and Analysis of Healthcare Workforce Data

Carla Clark, PhD, RN, CNML

Tanie Sherman, BSN, RN, MBA

 

The Workforce Data Committee of the Arizona Action Coalition (AAC) is charged with implementing Recommendation 8 of the IOM’s 2010 Future of Nursing Report, which seeks improvement in research, collection and analysis of data on healthcare workforce requirements. The Committee’s goal is to facilitate development and implementation of a sustainable infrastructure to collect, analyze and maintain inter-professional healthcare workforce supply and demand data. Arizona currently collects information about the supply of healthcare workers through a variety of avenues, including professional licensing boards and surveys; however a coordinated system for periodic collection and housing of healthcare workforce demand data is not well developed to date, nor is there a “place” or framework such as an Arizona Healthcare Workforce Center. Valid, reliable, readily available, and consistent workforce supply and demand data assists healthcare executives, business leaders, educators, researchers, and policymakers in identifying staffing needs and community resource availability, policy planning, and development of education and training opportunities to meet the future anticipated demand for all types of healthcare workers for a given region or community.

 

The Workforce Data Committee recently joined the Phoenix Health Care Sector Partnership to collaborate on data collection strategies, share resources, align efforts, as well as understand the complexity of current efforts taking place statewide. The Phoenix Health Care Sector Partnership is an industry-led effort that includes 36 businesses and 13 partnering agencies, including the Arizona Commerce Authority, City of Phoenix, Maricopa Community College Workforce Development, Phoenix Workforce Connection, and major healthcare systems and insurance carriers such as St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, Banner Health, Dignity Health, Scottsdale Healthcare, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. The Partnership is meeting in late March to review existing action plans and progress as a first step in creating a short and long-term strategy to develop a sustainable infrastructure.

For more information contact : Tanie Sherman tmsherma@asu.edu or Carla Clark Carla.Clark@bannerhealth.com.

 

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