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Join Us For Our Allied Health Summit on November 5, 2013 - Getting the Pulse on Healthcare: A New Prescription for the Workforce.

From the operating room to the nursing home, healthcare is changing! What skills will workers need to be competitive? What jobs will be in demand? How can administrators and educators collaborate to meet the challenge?

Explore these topics and more at a one day summit Getting the Pulse on Healthcare: A New Prescription for the Workforce presented by the region's leader in promoting a qualified workforce - The Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership.

November 5, 2013 - 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM at the Harris Conference Center at CPCC Harris Campus in Charlotte, NC (near Charlotte-Douglas Airport).

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Raising the Bar: An Inside View

How much education is enough? How much is too much? Pharmacy and Physical Therapy now require a Doctorate Degree to begin practicing those professions. Other healthcare occupations such as occupational Therapy and Nurse Practitioner are considering requiring higher degrees to practice. Who benefits from his trend? Who pays the added cost involved? What does it mean for patients? Join the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership on April 25th as we continue our series "Raising the Bar: How much is Too Much." Karen Garloch of the Charlotte Observer will lead a lively panel of practicing professionals discussing the pros and cons of requiring higher and higher degrees to enter healthcare occupations.


Getting the Best Return on Your Investment: Managing Physicians Practices in a Changing Healthcare Environment

What are the key drivers of production and reimbursement? How the role of patients shifting from consumers to customers is and what does that mean for your practice? The Physician Practices Summit will answer these questions and more. The North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association invites you to the Embassy Suites in Concord, April 4 & 5th for tips and tools from the experts. For more details, click here (PDF).


Raising the Bar - More to Come

The beginning of the trend to require higher and higher degrees to practice certain healthcare occupations is most often traced back to 1990, when the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy announced that the professional degree requirements for practice would move from a bachelor's degree to a doctorate. That transaction was completed in 2005. Since then a number of professions, including Nursing, Nutrition and Occupational Therapy, have started discussions on increasing their requirements, while Physical Therapy has made the move to require a doctorate to practice, starting in 2014. Yet others have chosen not to pursue this tract, at least not for now.

This trend is expected to continue and so is the debate over the impact on healthcare delivery and the healthcare workforce. The Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership is launching a year-long programming series to examine this trend. Read More


Raising the Bar - How Much is Too Much?

How much education is enough? How much is too much? Those are the questions being examined in the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership's year-long program series "Raising the Bar", a look at the trend of requiring higher and higher degrees to practice certain healthcare occupations. Often called Degree Creep, this trend is also referred to as Hyper-Credentialism. "Degree Creep is dramatically affecting who can and will enter certain healthcare fields, and substantially raising the cost of education for students and the institutions offering the programs," said Dr. Dorothy Bethea, Chair and Professor of Occupational Therapy at Winston-Salem State University and featured speaker at the Partnership's January 24th meeting.   Read More


Allied Regional Skills Partnership Presents State with Curriculum for New Anesthesia Technician Certification Program

Training for a new career path will soon be made available to community colleges across North Carolina, thanks to a Partnership between the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership and Carolinas College of Health Sciences (CCHS). The pathway is for Anesthesia Technicians, and is the first of its kind in North Carolina.  “We were faced with a high turnover rate in this position,” said Ellen Sheppard, President of CCHS, “which is expensive and adds to healthcare costs.  It was an entry-level position that required no prior training, but also had few meaningful career advancement opportunities.  Now, Anesthesia Techs will be able to earn a certification that increases their skills and wages.”  Read More


Help Shape the Regional Skills Partnership

The Regional Skills Partnership is a volunteer-run organization and our committee members are the heart of the Partnership. The leadership, the projects we undertake, and the accomplishments we achieve are a result of the dedication, commitment and work of our committee members. Listed below are the committee descriptions. Please review them and contact us if you are interested in serving on a committee or learning more about a specific committee. Click here to review committees


A Letter from the Chairman…

Happy New Year All!

The beginning of the year brings with it a sense of opportunity and the promise of a future to fulfill. 2013 is certainly that for the Regional Skills Partnership. We begin this year with our first ever year-long series, examining the trend of increasing educational requirements for allied health occupations. Often referred to as "degree creep", the Partnership will examine this trend from all angles, discussing the impact on the current and potential workforce, employers, patient care and ultimately the occupations themselves. Our first meeting of the year, on January 24th, provided an overview of the trend.

This special program is one of several major accomplishments of 2012, a very formative year for the Partnership. We have accomplished a great deal in the past year, our first full year of operation since we completed the grant that launched us. Just to remind us all, here are the highlights of our accomplishments over the past year. The Partnership completed its Anesthesia Technician Career Path pilot project with the graduation of the first class from this program. Previously, an entry-level position with few career advancement opportunities, the Anesthesia Technician will now be able to earn a certification that increases skills and wages. This program is a first for North Carolina, and the Partnership has given the curriculum to the State Community College Continuing Education Division to be distributed statewide. Read More


Placing a Priority on Expanding North Carolina's Allied Health Workforce

Developing public policies that will expand North Carolina's allied health workforce is a key focus of the Institute of Emerging Issues (IEI). Housed at North Carolina State University, IEI, is a public policy organization that focuses on improving the state's economic and social structure and the organization has identified improving the state healthcare workforce as a priority. "This is one of the fastest growing job markets in North Carolina," Health policy expert Sarah Langer said, "yet current efforts to meet the growing workforce demand are fragmented. Part of our goal is to connect people and organizations so they can develop collaborations to address their needs."     Read More


The Votes Are In

RSP Members,

The votes are in and the slate is unanimously approved!

Thank you for being a part of the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership. The team you have elected well represents our large, diverse region and will work with and on behalf of you to shape the future of the (RSP).

We hope each of you will join us for the Partnership meeting on April 26, 2012 as we continue to build our organization. We need you to share your challenges and successes in developing a qualified workforce. We want your ideas on how to make the Partnership a partner in accomplishing your organization's goals.

Join us on April 26th and be a part of the RSP. (You be receiving an invitation with more details very soon.)

Thank you again,

Paul Morlock
Stanly Regional Medical Center
Chair, RSP Nominating Committee


New Program Addresses Workforce Shortages!

The Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership has developed a Career Pathway model that outlines how employers “grow their own” skilled workers to meet workforce shortages.   This innovative model is detailed in a step-by-step guide or Tool Kit that describes the specific elements of the model.  It is unique in that the model is a flexible blueprint that can be adapted to various occupations and skill levels, making it ideal for any size or type of institution or groups of institutions. Read More


Diversifying Your Workforce: Are You Meeting the Mark? Discussed at CWA - Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership January Meeting

What does it mean to have a diversified workforce in healthcare today? Is your organization meeting the mark? With increasing emphasis being placed on meeting the healthcare demands of the area’s rapidly diversifying population, healthcare providers are under greater pressure to both increase the cultural competency of current medical professionals and expand the diversity of the workforce entering the job market. Studies have shown language and other cultural factors remain significant barriers to accessing healthcare and can significantly impact the quality and delivery of care. The challenge of closing those gaps through a diversified workforce is the focus of the next meeting of the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership. Join us for the extraordinary opportunity to hear a distinguished panel of the area’s leading executives in healthcare and education address how their institutions are developing solutions to this complex workforce challenge. Read More


Full Circle: Three Years of Accomplishment

Since its inception in 2008, the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership has grown from a collection of curious individuals to a strong collaboration of employers, educators, entrepreneurs, workforce and economic development professionals who together have created innovative models for addressing allied health workforce needs and shortages. Funded by the Department of Commerce, the Partnership was given three years to create itself and develop working models to increase the number of qualified workers in high-demand allied health positions. This grant expires December 31, and what began as an experiment has come full circle to create three successful workforce development models and tobegin creating another model of cooperation, communication and collaboration. To see the details of the accomplishments of this extraordinary Partnership click here for Full Circle: Three Years of Accomplishment: a PowerPoint presentation (in PDF) of the accomplishments. Read More


A New Career Pathway, a New Career:
Anesthesia Technician Certification Program is Underway

The pilot program designed to create new career opportunities for anesthesia technicians is underway! The first class started in October through a partnership between Carolinas College of Health Sciences (CCHS) and North Seattle Community College in Washington, and offers a certificate program that allows current employees to increase their skills and wages. There are no existing programs in North or South Carolina but the demand for this relatively new allied health position is increasing. “This is a unique program,” said CCHS President and project leader Ellen Sheppard. “It is also very timely. We are developing this as the Anesthesia Technician Professional Society is preparing to increase the standards for those in the field, and this program will allow existing employees to be prepared for that change.” Twenty-six (26) students are using an on- line curriculum developed by Carolinas College of Health Sciences with funding from the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership. Read More


Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership - Regional Skills Partnership - Meeting Summary, Thursday August 11, 2011

The third quarter meeting of the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership kicked off with Workforce Intermediary David Hollars announcing the Partnership has been able to extend its grant through December of 2011. While the Partnership will receive no additional funds, this extension will allow the RSP to spend the remainder of its funds and complete several initiatives including its PTA and Anesthesia Tech career pathways projects.    Read More


Showcasing the Jobs of the Future

"I had no idea how many career opportunities there are, and I am so glad I came." The refrain is being repeated over and over at this year's Allied Health Career Showcases. This marks the second year the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership (RSP) is sponsoring a series of Showcases across the region.     Read More


Model Programs

“Impressive.” That is what state officials had to say about the work of North Carolina’s four Allied Health Regional Skills Partnerships. Speaking at the final Learning Exchange where the Partnerships gathered to share accomplishments, challenges and best practices, NC Executive Director of Workforce Development Roger Shackelford noted the state is using the lessons learned from these four Partnerships to create new workforce development initiatives. With 67 percent of North Carolinas jobs projected to be connected to healthcare, developing an adequate workforce is key to the state’s economic future. These four Partnerships are the pilot initiatives in the state’s plan to implement sector strategy, an economic development initiative designed to prepare a workforce for high-growth, high-demand industries. .. .     Read More


NC Health Sciences Curriculum: Keeping Up With the Times

From Biomedical Technology to Pharmacy Tech, the Health Sciences Curriculum in North Carolina middle and high schools is changing. "We are excited," says Joan Thompson of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).     Read More

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