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eConnectionFebruary 2023

Amplifying Best Practices in Workforce Development at National Scale

Futuro Health Contributes to National Governors Association, Council for Competitiveness and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Conversations

The burgeoning care economy and its accompanying workforce issues calls for industry, government, education and workforce leaders to collaborate, share best practices, and innovate out-of-the-box solutions. Futuro Health continues to contribute workforce expertise to these national conversations through collaborations with industry, government, education, and workforce leaders to share best practices and find innovative solutions to workforce issues. From surfacing pragmatic practices to highlighting policy levers, our participation in forums hosted by National Governors Association, Council on Competitiveness and U.S. Chamber of Commerce have contributed insights on what works and allowed Futuro Health to learn more.

Last year, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) launched a Healthcare Workforce Learning Collaborative to support Governors’ offices and state officials from 16 states to implement strategies that strengthen and grow the next generation of the care workforce in their respective states. 

During the Collaborative's kickoff gathering, Futuro Health CEO Van Ton-Quinlivan delivered the keynote address, demonstrating how Futuro Health applied key concepts from her book WorkforceRx: Agile and Inclusive Strategies for Employers, Educators and Workers in Unsettled Times to address allied health workforce challenges. State policymakers, who were frustrated by the uneven interest of their own higher education institutions, were most intrigued by instructional redesign, which offers ways to bring workforce relevance to existing curricula by adopting principles of modularity, stackability and portability.

In 2023, Futuro Health accepted an invitation from the Council for Competitiveness to join its membership ranks. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Council deftly facilitates the debate on competitiveness by bringing together business, labor, academic and government leaders to evaluate economic challenges and opportunities.  Futuro Health was first introduced to the Council during the pandemic when asked to contribute community college expertise to the Council’s seminal report, Competing in the Next Economy, which outlines 50+ strategic recommendations to improve U.S. innovation tenfold: 10X.

Futuro Health was subsequently invited to speak at the Council’s Mountain West Innovation Summit hosted in Wyoming.  Next, Futuro Health and the Council are planning a Healthcare Employer Roundtable series across California this year to inform its federal policy work.  Employers who attend the Roundtables will discuss their common workforce challenges, learn of out-of-the-box solutions and how best to position for available public resources to assist their workforce crises.

Futuro Health CEO Van Ton-Quinlivan was among the top business and industry leaders invited to participate in the Mountain West Innovation Summit on the future of work and the workforce.

At the start of this year, Dr. Christina Rajmaira, Director of Student Journey at Futuro Health, was selected to participate in the nationally recognized Talent Finance Design Workshop offered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, available to select professionals from both the public and private sector, the program exposes participants to various innovative finance instruments that can be used in talent development and management.  As workers move from their first job to their next job, they need worry-free ways to finance that next level education.  Employers will benefit from these strategies to improve retention.

By partnering with key organizations and participating in various forums, Futuro Health is not only sharing expertise, but also learning from other leaders in the industry to support the growth and development of the next generation of care workers through education and training programs, innovative finance strategies, and a focus on industry-driven solutions.

We want to give a Valentine's Day shout out to our core funders whose investment has allowed our team to do our purpose-driven work:

  • Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation
  • Sutter Health
  • Stanford Health Care
  • Lucille Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Our Latest Blog: A Podcaster’s (Grateful) Perspective: What would ChatGPT Say?

Today, chatbots like ChatGPT have thrust AI into the center of major debate and controversy, generating buzz and fear in equal measure for its ability to generate conversational text to produce anything from simple answers to elaborate essays, scripts, lyrics and much more. If ChatGPT can generate a 1,000-word essay in under two minutes and a complicated math formula in one, it begs the question: What are humans for? Especially as technology become significantly refined in the future.

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Medical Assistant Scholar

“I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field. I wanted to help people. I decided to enroll in the Futuro Health Medical Assistant program. It was a blessing in disguise. I was able to pursue my education and do what I love! Futuro Health helped me pursue my dream without having to go into debt.”

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Damien R.
Health IT Specialist Scholar

“You always think IT is specifically about working on computers, but there are so many other jobs available. It’s fascinating how vast it is. The biggest obstacle for me was finding the time, I am grateful my Futuro Health courses were self-paced and online. My Success Coach was so helpful, attentive and always checking in with me.”

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Katherine S.
Peer Support Specialist Scholar

“The support and responsiveness of my course coach, and others at Futuro Health, has been phenomenal. Once I began the course, I found that it was an outstanding reminder of concepts I learned in my previous training and was extremely helpful in expanding upon my existing knowledge base and skills. Futuro Health’s Peer Support Specialist course is an excellent study tool that I can revisit and review as I prepare for the Medi-Cal certification exam.”

Futuro Health in the News

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Academic Innovation for the Public Good '22 compilation

Futuro Health’s Joy Hermsen, Director of Innovative Partnerships, was recognized by the California Department of Rehabilitation and the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation (IWSI) America for her commitment to apprenticeship skills development at a recent meeting of Ready, Willing and ABLE, a new apprenticeship program which will help Californians with disabilities to access apprenticeship pathways and secure exciting full-time career opportunities.

Joining the award ceremony was Daniel Tabor, Project Manager for Futuro Health and leaders with the California Department of Rehabilitation, including Trung Le, Assistant Deputy Director Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Division, Mark Erlichman, Deputy Director Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Division and Sherri Han-Lam, Regional Director, Orange San Gabriel District Office.

Futuro Health Speakers Bureau

Futuro Health Team Members are frequent speakers and presenters at conferences, symposiums, panel discussions and employer events across the country, covering an array of topics related to workforce development, training and education, opportunities in allied health, healthcare worker shortage solutions, and more. Check out these recent and upcoming events featuring Futuro Health expert speakers:

January 7th - Council of Independent Colleges - Presidents Institute

January 20th - The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

February 15th - Credential As You Go - National Advisory Board Meeting

March 1st - California Health Workforce Education and Training Council

March 27th-28th –Council on Competitiveness Phase 2 Summit

April 5th - World Health Organization - Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

To schedule a Futuro Health expert to speak at your organization’s event, contact mwakely@futurohelath.org.

WorkforceRx Podcast

Shiv Gaglani, Co-Founder of Osmosis

Episode #53: A Once and Future Med Student Shakes Up Health Education

As a medical student at Johns Hopkins University ten years ago, Shiv Gaglani quickly realized it was time to shake up a century-old approach to medical education and make the experience more personalized and efficient. That was the spark for creating Osmosis, an online and mobile learning platform that he left med school to grow. The company, which was acquired last year by the European-based medical publisher Elsevier, has attracted millions of medical and allied health students to its learning system and short-form educational videos. Check out this engaging conversation with Futuro Health CEO Van Ton-Quinlivan about what’s changed in medical education, the qualities that health professions students will need in the future and why Shiv is returning to medical school later this year.

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About Futuro Health 

Futuro Health is a non-profit organization focused on improving the health and wealth of communities by growing the largest network of healthcare workers in the nation.

Futuro Health makes education journeys into allied health careers possible by growing the talent that employers need and creating a path to opportunity that workers want.

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