This November the National Fund kicks off its inaugural Healthcare Workforce Development Academy to help 11 healthcare organizations accelerate investments in the skill and career development of their frontline employees. Supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the year-long Academy aims to assist human resource and workforce professionals in implementing and scaling programs and policies that help their frontline workers thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment.
With more than 45,000 frontline workers, the participating employers hope to develop more diverse talent pipelines, better retain and advance their entry-level staff and proactively fill critical healthcare positions.
As an employer-led network of healthcare leaders, CareerSTAT will provide peer learning exchanges, site visits, customized webinars, as well as coaching and technical assistance led by Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion organizations and subject matter experts. As featured in CareerSTAT’s Guide to Investing In Frontline Healthcare Workers, Champion organizations demonstrate programmatic and organizational best practices that are not only good for business, but also help to improve the lives and livelihoods of their employees.
The goal of the Academy is to build the capacity of participants to accelerate the adoption of business practices that support frontline worker education, training and advancement. Not only will participants gain the knowledge and tools for creating or enhancing their frontline worker programs to scale, sustain and better align with organizational priorities, they will also engage with peers learning exchanges as a way to share knowledge and best practices, learn from their colleagues and develop plans to help change current policies and practices within their organizations.
Selected employers already have some workforce development programs in place and have demonstrated senior level commitment to accelerating or expanding their investments in frontline workers. The first cohort of the Healthcare Workforce Development Academy includes:
- Advocate Health Care, Chicago, IL
- Baystate Health, Springfield, MA
- Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
- Guardian Elder Care, Harrisburg, PA
- Loretto, Syracuse, NY
- Mercy Health West Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI
- Methodist Healthcare System, San Antonio, TX
- Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX
- Seton Healthcare Family, Austin, TX
- SEIU Healthcare PA Training & Education Fund, Harrisburg, PA
- Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
- UC Davis Health, Sacramento, CA
“The whole idea of the Employer Academy is fantastic. My organization is an emerging [Champion] and being able to be involved with an Academy format helps to bring in funding, helps to bring in those best practices, [and] that technical assistance that a lot of us are not able to do on our own. Being involved with the Employer Academy connects us through collaboration with other healthcare providers that are really excelling and partnering with CareerSTAT.”
– Paul Rumsey, Chief Learning Officer of
Interested employers and all stakeholders are invited to join the conversation and partner with us on this important work.