According to the Colorado Health Foundation, health care and wellness jobs in Colorado grew by more than 22 percent during the past five years, driving the state’s economy even as other industries were mired in recession.
The Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership is celebrating this success and more. The group of more than 30 northern Colorado health care entities and 10 public partners established the Health Sector Partnership in 2013 to address common issues in the industry.
The partnership has identified four key areas for collaboration: education of the public on health care, coordination of a larger behavioral health solution for the two-county area, increasing workforce skills relative to diversity awareness and changing state regulations relative to PASRR (Preadmission Screening and Resident Review). The partnership has private and public partners working together to address the key areas.
The partnership hosts regular meetings of stakeholders to work to address the areas of collaboration.
“Building on needs and challenges identified in the four key focus areas: work groups composed of industry, workforce and education partners are beginning to work collectively to identify and impact current and projected needs that have implications specific to our region,” said Laurie Hamit, MS, RN, Health Careers Program Manager and Career Transition Program Manager for Banner Health.
And the partnership is equally impactful on the education system. “The Northern Colorado Healthcare Partnership has been a great way for education to connect to the Health Care organizations and to find out how best to educate students for this important industry,” said Lynn Vosler, Director of Workforce Development for Front Range Community College.