2022 Health Workforce Planning and Implementation

On Friday, April 1, 2022, the Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS), the Office of the Post-Secondary Commissioner (OPC), and the Department of Labor and Training (DLT) – in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation – co-hosted a Healthcare Workforce Summit that brought together healthcare and education providers, policymakers, and labor and community partners for a data-driven, collaborative, facilitated process to identify short-term and longer-term solutions to Rhode Island’s significant healthcare workforce challenges.

Just six weeks later, more than 100 representatives of health and human services partners came together online for a Health Workforce Plenary Session to launch a public/private health workforce planning and implementation process. EOHHS Secretary Ana Novais, Postsecondary Commissioner Shannon Gilkey, and Governor's Workforce Board Executive Director Alyssa Alvarado each noted the urgency of Rhode Island's health workforce challenges and emphasized the commitment of State leaders to address these challenges by supporting the planning and implementation work of the following three Workgroups.

Health Workforce Planning and Implementation Workgroups

1. Health Career Pathways and Pipelines

Purpose: To ensure a sufficient supply of health and human services workers by providing students, job seekers, and incumbent workers with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to obtain employment and advance in their careers.

Executive Sponsor: Matt Weldon, Director, RI Department of Labor & Training (DLT)

Co-facilitators: Alyssa Alvarado, Governor’s Workforce Board and Howard Dulude, Hospital Association of RI

Workgroup meetings

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2:00 – 3:30 PM - Presentation, Meeting Minutes
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2:30 – 4:00 PM @ RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services – Virks Conference Room, 3 West Road, Cranston - Agenda, Reference Materials, Presentation, Meeting Minutes
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2:00 - 3:30 PM @ RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services – Virks Conference Room, 3 West Road, Cranston
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2:00 - 3:30 PM @ RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services – Virks First Floor Conference Room, 3 West Road, Cranston
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2:00 - 3:30 PM @ RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services – Virks First Floor Conference Room, 3 West Road, Cranston
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2:00 - 3:30 PM @ RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services – Virks First Floor Conference Room, 3 West Road, Cranston
  • Wednesday, December 28, 2:00 - 3:30 PM @ RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services – Virks First Floor Conference Room, 3 West Road, Cranston

2. Health Workforce Data Collection & Analytics

Purpose: To identify, align, and develop resources needed for Rhode Island to collect and analyze current workforce supply, projected workforce demand, and effective workforce support programming across all occupations, specializations, education levels (including lived experience), sectors, geography, etc. – with a particular focus on racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. This work will ensure that providers and patients/clients have the supported and well-compensated health and human service workforce needed to provide accessible, high-quality health and human services.

Executive Sponsor: Ana Novais, Secretary, RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS)

Co-facilitators: Marti Rosenberg, RI EOHHS and Larry Warner, VP, United Way of RI; Chair, Commission for Health Advocacy & Equity

Workgroup meetings

  • Thursday, June 23, 9:30 - 11:00 AM @ United Way of RI, 50 Valley Street, Providence - Agenda, Meeting Minutes
  • Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 – 11:00 AM @ United Way of RI, 50 Valley Street, Providence - Agenda, Reference Materials, Meeting Minutes
  • Wednesday, August 24, 9:30 – 11:00 AM @ United Way of RI, 50 Valley Street, Providence
  • Friday, September 23, 9:30AM – 11:00AM @ United Way of RI, 50 Valley Street, Providence
  • Wednesday, October 19, 9:30AM  11:00AM @ United Way of RI, 50 Valley Street, Providence
  • Wednesday, November 16, 9:30AM – 11:00AM @ United Way of RI, 50 Valley Street, Providence
  • Wednesday, December 21, 9:30AM – 11:00AM @ United Way of RI, 50 Valley Street, Providence

3. Health & Human Services Partnerships with Higher Education

Purpose: To build engaged and enduring partnerships across and among Institutions of Higher Education and health & human service providers to anticipate and address the training and education needs of health and human services agencies and staff.

Executive Sponsor: Shannon Gilkey, Commissioner, RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner

Co-facilitators: Amy Grzybowski, RIOPC and Sandra Victorino, Care New England, Commission for Health Advocacy & Equity

Workgroup meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 28, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM @ RI Nursing Education Center, Room 306, 350 Eddy St., Providence (parking in the South Street Landing Garage at 330 Eddy St. will be validated) - Agenda, Meeting Minutes
  • Tuesday, July 19, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM @ RI Nursing Education Center, Room 306, 350 Eddy St., Providence (parking in the South Street Landing Garage at 330 Eddy St. will be validated) - Agenda, Reference MaterialsMeeting Minutes
  • Tuesday, August 16, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM @ RI Nursing Education Center, Room 306, 350 Eddy St., Providence (parking in the South Street Landing Garage at 330 Eddy St. will be validated)
  • Tuesday, September 20, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM @ RI Nursing Education Center, Room 306, 350 Eddy St., Providence (parking in the South Street Landing Garage at 330 Eddy St. will be validated)
  • Tuesday, October 18, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM @ RI Nursing Education Center, Room 306, 350 Eddy St., Providence (parking in the South Street Landing Garage at 330 Eddy St. will be validated)
  • Tuesday, November 15, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM @ RI Nursing Education Center, Room 306, 350 Eddy St., Providence (parking in the South Street Landing Garage at 330 Eddy St. will be validated)
  • Tuesday, December 13, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM @ RI Nursing Education Center, Room 306, 350 Eddy St., Providence (parking in the South Street Landing Garage at 330 Eddy St. will be validated)

Guiding Principles

  1. Building a Robust and Adaptive Workforce: The ultimate objective of each workgroup is to help build and sustain a health workforce that is sufficiently sized and well trained, that has access to appropriate career advancement opportunities, and that is able to adapt to the changing needs of Rhode Islanders, while delivering high quality and high value care.
  2. Centering Work on Ensuring a More Equitable Workforce: Workgroups should focus on addressing the root causes of why the state’s health workforce does not sufficiently reflect all Rhode Islanders, which, in turn, underlie disparate access and health inequalities. Across all workgroups there should be an overall emphasis on reorientating systems to better address barriers to increasing cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity within the state’s health workforce.
  3. Focusing on Improvements to System Sustainability: Each workgroup should consider the need for a sustainable health delivery system in Rhode Island, which encompasses a workforce that is appropriately compensated and supported, as well as the systems and supports necessary to allow service providers to continue to deliver first class care.