On November 15, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine held its 2022 Annual Meeting, “Building the Workforce for a Healthy North Carolina.” During the afternoon breakout sessions, participants had the opportunity to learn from state experts about the impetus for, and current status of, an emerging Center on the Workforce for Health.
Moderated by NCIOM Associate Director Michelle Ries, the session included Hugh Tilson, Jr., director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), and Hilary Campbell, director of Sheps Health Workforce NC at the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research.
During this session, Ries gave an overview of the partnership between NCIOM, NC AHEC, and the Sheps Center for Health Services Research in developing the concept of a coordinated, integrated, and collaborative Center on the Workforce for Health, focused exclusively on addressing current challenges facing the workforce for health in our state.
Tilson discussed the status of the Center’s development, including the purpose and goals of the Center:
“A North Carolina Center on the Workforce for Health would provide a forum for:
Tilson reviewed the start-up phase of the Center, outlining a process for obtaining stakeholder input on priority areas, activities, governance, and scope, and discussed the need and plans for ongoing discussion on organizational structure and funding. Based on planning to date, the work of the Center would be organized around three integral pillars: Access, Synthesis, and Action. Supporting these pillars would be an integrated communications and collaboration strategy, which would ensure that the Center serves as a platform for delivering key messages, facilitating sharing across networks, and developing consensus-based solutions.
Dr. Campbell then discussed North Carolina data on the health care workforce, including data from the NC Health Professions Data System and key trends identified through NC Nursecast and the NC Sentinel Network surveys. Key points included:
Tilson, Dr. Campbell, and Ries then discussed potential activities and structures of a Center on the Workforce for Health, and discussed ideas, priorities, and questions with the session audience.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can be involved with ongoing discussions of the Center, please visit https://nciom.org/nc-center-workforce-for-health/ and join the mailing list.