Coming Soon! Workforce for Health Taskforce to Launch in April

As part of our mission to inform health policy in South Carolina, we will support a collective process to foster the development of recommendations for state policymakers and other stakeholders regarding the future of the health care workforce for South Carolina.

IMPH will convene stakeholders and research best practices and innovative approaches to care that focus on prevention, community settings and the social-environmental determinants of health and their implications for the workforce. As our country transitions to a payment system based on value rather than volume, and because many people face significant access barriers, South Carolina will need to consider the evolving needs of the health care workforce within the context of our rapidly changing health care systems.

Areas of focus for this taskforce include:

  • Determining South Carolina-specific solutions and policy changes needed to create sustainable, patient-centered systems of health care by identifying the most effective adjustments to the composition of the existing health care workforce.
  • Evaluating the potential impact of new, evolving and boundary-spanning roles in reducing health care workforce shortages and enabling providers to meet population-specific health needs.
  • Identifying the skills, training and education needed within the health care workforce to adopt emerging technologies, especially telehealth, and to shift from the traditional fee-for-service model to a health care system built on improving population health.
  • Exploring methods to ensure South Carolina has an adequate workforce to support the needs of the behavioral health and primary care service systems and developing improved models of care to address the health needs of people as they age in place.
  • Identifying promising, emerging models of care, especially advances in telemedicine and other technology, to improve access to and coordination of health care delivery.

IMPH’s Workforce for Health Taskforce, scheduled to launch April 19th, will be rooted in improving population health in South Carolina and will focus on approaches to care that place emphasis on prevention and the social and environmental determinants of health. The workforce for South Carolina’s systems that provide primary care and behavioral health care, as well as the workforce needed for our aging population, will be addressed specifically during the taskforce process. IMPH aims to create a space for thought leaders and key stakeholders to have a productive dialogue that yields actionable recommendations to sustainably improve the future of the health care workforce in the state.

For more information on the Taskforce, please contact Katie Zenger.

IMPH gratefully acknowledges the support of this Taskforce by The Duke Endowment, Greenville Health System, the South Carolina Hospital Association, Tidelands Health and the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.




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