Over the next decade, Baby Boomers will place an increasingly heavy burden on the healthcare system as they age and develop chronic conditions. The demand for healthcare workers is rapidly increasing while a significant portion of today’s workforce consists of boomers nearing retirement. How do we attract and educate the types of workers Minnesota employers predict they’ll need by 2025?
Recognizing that addressing that shortfall would require ongoing collaboration of healthcare industry providers, educators and government would be required, Minnesota State created HealthForce Minnesota as one of its eight Centers of Excellence in 2005.
As the largest educator of nurses and allied medical professionals in the state, Minnesota State has an intense interest in furthering the work being done by HealthForce Minnesota.
An Executive Alliance, composed of Minnesota State presidents and healthcare employers and associations, plays a vital role in ensuring that HealthForce Minnesota is meeting the current and long-term needs of students and their prospective employers. The Executive Alliance meets twice each year to be updated and provide feedback on current and pending HealthForce Minnesota initiatives and to explore opportunities for collaboration.
Building Minnesota’s Healthcare Workforce through Education and Industry Partnerships.
HealthForce Minnesota will lead the way in transforming education and advancing practice to meet MN’s healthcare workforce needs.
Expand Diversity in Healthcare through collaborative partnerships. Recruit and retain an expanded and more diverse student population.
Enhance and Expand Healthcare Degree Programs. Increase the number of well-prepared graduates and enhance the current workforce.
Prepare Today’s Workers for Tomorrow’s Challenges. Develop practitioners who will deliver quality, coordinated and competent care and define ways to assess the development of these qualities.
Build capacity through key projects that expand credit-based degree programs, develop new outreach strategies to attract healthcare workers, develop new approaches to professional development, expand diversity of healthcare workers and expand applied research so as to support evidence-based practice.
Serve as catalyst for discussions on healthcare policy, i.e. community strategic discussions
Develop a collaboration/engagement model that allows for true integration of health science education and healthcare practice.
Develop a sustainability plan to ensure long-term viability of the Center’s work.
Develop an assessment strategy that produces outcomes to fulfill the legislative mandates and allows for continuous quality improvement.