Health Care

Building the Region’s Talent for Industry Growth

The demand for health care services will continue to increase as our population grows and as we live longer. Advances in technology allow health care professionals to prevent, diagnose, and manage health and illness better than ever before, but they are creating challenges for society and the health care industry itself. As a result, health care organizations need an ever increasing workforce with ever increasing skills.

Our Work in Action

Clinical Passport

Clinical experiences are designed to help to prepare health care students for the future roles that they may encounter upon graduation. These training opportunities require resources and heavy coordination between educational institutions and healthcare organizations to ensure students have a meaningful experience that prepares them for entry into the workforce. The Board is working together with the Health Care Workforce Alliance of South Central-Southwest Wisconsin to standardize the clinical placement process in our region using a web-based clinical passport.

The passport standardizes the documentation and paperwork required of college students for clinical experiences at participating health care facilities. The passport allows for the students to complete these requirements prior to their start date while helping facilities and colleges reduce duplicative efforts and costs in placement processes for student clinical experiences.

Health Care Administrative Training Program

The Healthcare Administrative Training Program (HATP) arose from an industry need in 2008 to prepare workers for administrative career pathways in healthcare. The HATP program concept emerged from two existing community-based health care workforce projects–the Medical Administration Training Program (MATP) and the Medical Reception Career Pathway Academy. While both offering unique training and skill development components, the Board collaborated with the Urban League of Greater Madison and partners to bring the two projects together to meet the needs of healthcare organizations across the region. The fusion of the two projects resulted in a successful 12-week program that couples accredited technical college coursework with hands-on experience through internships to prepare graduates for industry.

Health Care Workforce Resources

The Health Care Workforce of South Central/Southwest Wis.: Current Outlook, Shifting Trends, and Future Needs
Executive Summary | COWS, November 2013 (PDF 0.1MB)
Full Report | COWS, November 2013 (PDF 0.2MB)

Wisconsin’s Health Care Workforce 2013 Report
Full Report | Wisconsin Hospital Association, December 2013 | (PDF 1.6MB)