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Workgroup on Workforce Development 

Health Care Reform Implementation Council Core Workgroup on Workforce

Background

Beginning in 2014, it’s estimated that more than a million additional Illinois residents will have access to health insurance coverage through the implementation of the ACA. The implementation of healthcare reform and other key trends, such as population growth and aging, will intensify statewide and regional shortages and highlight the uneven distribution in many critical health professions.
Illinois is already experiencing workforce shortages with many safety net and rural health providers being challenged to deliver adequate care for those in their communities.  If not adequately addressed, workforce shortages (ranging from community health workers to allied health professionals to dental hygienists to nurses and primary care physicians) could undermine the ability of these newly insured residents, and even the currently insured, to access services and quality care.

Purpose

In order to address the state’s healthcare workforce capacity, the Health Care Reform Implementation Council has established a health care workforce workgroup to assess and plan for jobs needed to achieve the goals of health care reform and meet the health needs of its growing, increasingly diverse and aging population.

This Core Workgroup, led by The Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH), will include the departments of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Healthcare & Family Services (HFS), Aging (DoA), Financial & Professional Regulation (DFPR), Employment Securities (IDES), Human Services (DHS), Children & Family Services (DCFS) and Veterans' Affairs (DVA). External stakeholders will be invited to participate as needed.

Objectives

The Core Workgroup will convene in order to:
• Assess the current healthcare workforce landscape
• Develop gap analysis as it relates to both current needs and impending needs as a result of Medicaid expansion and ACA implementation
• Explore approaches and models to address gaps (e.g., workforce educational pipeline, scope of practice, etc.)
• Identify immediate and short-term opportunities to address workforce gaps
• Utilize the IL Workforce Investment Board (IWIB) as a vehicle for coordinating broader statewide engagement on career pathways analysis, health care workforce training investments, and recruitment/retention
• Develop a report and recommendation to the Health Care Reform Implementation Council by the end of the evaluation period

Workgroup Report

The report and recommendations from the Workgroup on Workforce is available here.

Meetings

Illinois Workforce Investment Board Healthcare Task Force
December 11, 2013
1:30 - 3:30
Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Resources