Allied Health - Careers With A Great Future

Welcome to your resource for infomation about careers in Allied Health. The Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership’s mission is “to assure that the region has the allied health resources necessary to meet the healthcare needs of its citizens”. Allied Health is a growing field with great jobs now and in the future.

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Is Healthcare Ready? The Changing Face of North Carolina's Population

Join the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership Wednesday, January 27, 2016 when Dr. Rebecca Tippett, Director of Carolina Demography at the Center for Demography at UNC-Chapel Hill will discuss the rapidly changing face of North Carolina and what it means for workforce and economic and social change.

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2015 Summit- Steve Simonin: KeyNote Speaker

Steve Simonin might not seem like your average high-ranking executive, but his job is president and CEO of Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics. His tireless work to take two struggling hospitals and combine them into one thriving system might be the biggest reason why the people in Clarion still have access to healthcare.

Click here for two articles highlighting accomplishments of Steve Simonin.


Summit Workshop Descriptions

Creating a Patient-Centered Care Culture
Steve Simonin, CEO, Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics

Keynote speaker Steve Simonin shares how to roll up your sleeves and get to work creating a patient-centered care culture. What are the systems, processes, communication and collaboration required to have patients experience excellent customer service while maintaining clinical standards?

There’s an App for That!
Dr. Chris Blanchette, Associate Dean for Research & Public Engagement, UNC Charlotte

From Big Data to Instagram, technology is revolutionizing medicine. Healthcare professionals are using new tools to learn more about patients and how patients are often talking more on social media than in the doctor’s office. Find out how the technology is engaging patients more and changing the skills medical professionals needs to interact with patients.

Can Educators and Employers Really Work Together?
John Metcalf, CEO, Workforce Systems Associates

Engaging businesses to hire trained students is critical, but often easier said than done. Effective partnerships between schools and businesses are more than balloons, tee-shirts and banners for special events. Come find out how to “talk the talk” that has businesses signing up to help train and hire your students.

Developing Pipelines, Partnerships and Improved Outcomes: A Model for Change
Agatha King, RN and Kara Hedvig, MSN & RN; Carolinas HealthCare

Moving successfully from the classroom to the workplace requires more than an effective hiring date and new employee orientation. For healthcare facilities to build a competent workforce, retaining employees is critical. This workshop focuses on how an employer built pipeline is keeping trained personnel and improving patient outcomes.

Healthcare 2.0: New Technology, New Approach, New Skills
Dr. Bill Saunders, Director of the Health Informatics Professional Science Master’s Program, UNC Charlotte

Keeping up with the technology that is revolutionizing medicine can be daunting. What are the trends? How are they changing how healthcare is delivered, who is delivering it, and the skills healthcare workers must have to do their jobs?

Talk to Me! Simple Conversations that have Healthcare Workers Engaging Patients in Their Care.
Jeanine Joy: Author, Speaker and Trainer, Happiness 1st Institute

There is increasing pressure on healthcare workers to engage patients in their own care. It is often easier said than done. Researcher and author, Jeanine Joy, discusses proven techniques that have patients talking to healthcare workers, improving their attitudes and following their treatment plans.

One-Stop Shopping: How CVS, Target, Wal-Mart and Other Retail Giants are Opening New Doors in Healthcare
Nicki Gatton, NC Practice Manager, MinuteClinic Diagnostic of North Carolina

The numbers may astound you. Visits to retail health clinics now number more than 10 million a year and are continuing to grow. Increasingly this lower cost option is becoming a major player in the healthcare system. Hear how these clinics are contributing to improved patient outcomes and creating new opportunities in the workforce.

Population Health Management: Innovative Community Partnerships that are Providing Better Access, Better Care and Cutting Costs
Fred Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University

Increasingly the pressure is on accountable care organizations to manage population health by making sure patients continue to receive care outside their four walls. Learn about successful models and partnerships that are cutting hospital readmissions, connecting more patients to services and improving care.

Ask the Experts: Implementing Patient-Centered Care- An Interactive Panel Discussion

Connie Bonebrake, VP- Carolinas HealthCare System
Kelli Sadler, VP- Novant Health
Dr. Ruth Hedgpeth, Dean- Central Piedmont Community College
Stephen Aragon, MHA Program Coordinator, WSSU

Moderator: Joann Spaleta- Director, Charlotte AHEC

Find out how patient-centered care is being implemented in the classroom and workplace in our region. What initiatives are underway, what new skills are needed, and how employers and educators can collaborate to produce the trained workforce the region needs. This highly interactive session will feature representatives from prominent employers and educational institutions in the region.


Announcing The Sawbones Workshop

NTH Dimensions and OrthoCarolina present Sawbones, a workshop for medical or physical therapy students interested in a career in orthopeadics on Saturday, October 31st .

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The "New" Healthcare Team: Trends and Implications for the Allied Health Workforce

Join the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership on Thursday April 23 as Dr. Christopher Blanchette, Associate Dean for Research & Public Engagement, and Director of the Data Science Initiative at UNC-Charlotte, explores how interdisciplinary teams are being used to interpret big data to improve patient outcomes.  This is significant information that will be of interest to the healthcare and education fields.  Meeting participants will also have the opportunity to interact and discuss the impact and implications of Dr. Blanchette’s presentation.

UNC-Charlotte, Cone Center, Room 208
11:00 AM – Networking
11:30 AM – Program
Non-member lunch fee-$15

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Competitive Workforce Alliance - Allied Health Region Skills Workforce - 2015 Calendar

Thursday, January 22nd, Pfeiffer University, Charlotte

Thursday, April 23rd, UNC-Charlotte, Cone Center, Room 208

Thursday, August 27th, Location to be determined

Thursday, Nov 5th - Allied Health Summit - CPCC Harris Conference Center


October 22 Meeting SUMMARY - The Affordable Care Act: Good for People and Good for Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act means new opportunities for hospitals and healthcare organizations according to Tanya Blackmon, President of Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. It's an exciting time to be in healthcare" she told members of the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership. Blackmon said while implementing the Act is challenging, it also has organizations looking for better and more cost effective ways to deliver their services.

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Signature Campus at Stanly Community College

Impressive.  Well-done.  Amazing.  These are just some of the ways members of the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership (Partnership) described the new simulation lab at Stanly Community College.  Members of the Partnership toured the new signature facility as part of the quarterly meeting on August 27th.  The college spent more than $550,000 turning an old industrial training room at the Crutchfield building on the Locust Campus into a state-of-the-art healthcare simulation lab that features a variety of healthcare settings where students can get hands-on experience.

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Technology, Training and Teams

Technology, Training and Teams: Those are among the new buzz words healthcare CEO's are using to describe trends in the healthcare industry. As hospitals, physician's practices and other healthcare employers implement the Affordable Care Act, the they must develop new strategies to provide the best care with less reimbursements for services. CEO's from Iredell Health Systems, Novant Health, Piedmont Healthcare, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, and Davis Medical Center provided a panel discussion at the first Tri-County Healthcare Summit, featuring healthcare representatives from Iredell County. The Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health RSP was among the sponsors of the event, which was designed to help assess predicted workforce needs in healthcare.
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Join the Partnership!

The Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership is now a membership organization. Come be a part of this growing group of healthcare professionals dedicated to creating the allied health workforce needed for the future.

Nowhere else in the region will you find healthcare employers, workforce development professionals and educators and trainers meeting regularly to discuss, needs and trends and developing innovative solutions to workforce shortages. Membership benefits include access to experts who understand the latest trends and changes in the healthcare workforce, networking with key individuals across the region and even a small grants program to help members "train their own." Join as an organization with a "group membership", or join as an individual. With organizations representing approximately 50 members, we are continuing to grow!

To explore membership click here! You will be glad you did.


Our April 23, 2014 Meeting

More than 200,000 North Carolinians have signed up for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act! Will these numbers increase the demand for allied health professionals? If so, which ones?

On April 23rd, we continued our series The Affordable Care Act...Trends and Implications for the Allied Health Workforce with Robert Larrison, President of Carolinas Rehabilitation.



The Affordable Care Act: Trends and Implications in the Allied Health Workforce

RSP Kicks off 2014 Program Series at its February 20th Meeting
Data and preventative care will drive the healthcare workforce demands of the future, a prominent healthcare consultant told members of the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership at the organization’s first meeting of 2014.  “The shift from a focus on episodic care (no on-going relationship between patient and doctor) to a focus on preventative care (relationship-based) is one of three critical changes I see coming,” Phil Geissinger of PG Consulting told the group. 

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New Leadership Steering Partnership as it kicks off Seventh Year!

The Regional Skills Partnership is proud to introduce the new leadership team for 2014-2015!    As we continue to grow, we are excited to have new members join the ranks of leadership. 

Learn more about the Officers for the Steering Committee by clicking here.


RSP Summit:  Getting the Pulse on Healthcare

From how changes in health care laws will impact North Carolina, to how the ability to collect large amounts of computer data are changing the healthcare workforce, The Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Summit: Taking the Pulse on Healthcare; A New Prescription for the Workforce hit the mark.

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Keeping You Current on Health News

The Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership is now providing two health news feeds from the Charlotte Business Journal and all Business Journals.  These stories are updated constantly so be sure to bookmark the page, so you quickly access the latest health news.  Read More


Watch Our Speaker from Our April 2014 Meeting
Robert Larrison, President of Carolinas Rehabilitation
Subject: The Affordable Care Act ... Trends and Implications for the Allied Health Workforce

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