HealthWorks Northwest (HWNW) was developed through a one year initiative to develop a formal network of regional healthcare workforce stakeholders funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). During the HRSA Network Development Planning Grant, HWNW conducted a skills gap assessment, formalized the group through MOUs bylaws and policies, and created a three year strategic plan. The overall mission of HWNW is to bring together service providers, educational partners, and other stakeholders to foster a thriving healthcare workforce to service communities in Northwest Wisconsin with a vision of a highly skilled, diverse healthcare workforce dedicated to providing high quality care, responsive to our region’s changing and interdependent needs. There are currently 29 members representing hospitals, long term care, home health, public health, higher education, and workforce investment.
Bringing together service providers, educational partners and other stakeholders to foster a thriving healthcare workforce to serve communities in Northwest Wisconsin.
A highly skilled, diverse healthcare workforce dedicated to providing high quality care, responsive to our region’s changing and interdependent needs.
Currently, HWNW is exploring the following initiatives:
- Compiling and sharing information about health careers with high school students
- Increasing the number of Medical Assistants in the region
- Compiling and sharing information about student loan repayment options
- Sharing training resources (planning joint training sessions, sharing trained trainers, planning sessions concurrently and sharing the cost of bringing in a professional trainer, etc.)
If you are interested in becoming involved with HWNW, please contact Mary Lois Bolka, Sector & Strategies Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-682-9141, ext. 118.