By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The North Florida Rural Healthcare Workforce Development Network (the Network) is hosting a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 18, at North Florida Community College. Held in Building #13, Room 213, the group will discuss ways to better serve rural communities and ensure the health of the communities.
The agenda for the meeting includes the following items:
•Network Development – Objectives, Deliverables, Sustainability
•Progress – Grant, Introduce a New Executive Director (if applicable), introduce members of the Governing Board, Communications Report, Data workgroup
•Labor Market Information Presentation – Warren May, Department of Economic Opportunity Economic Manager, Information Delivery and Analysis, Labor Market Statistics
•Workforce Development – The Continuum, Outline pipeline (short-term, long-term), Formal recruitment and retention
The Network was formed to promote campus-community-based collaborative efforts to address currently unmet and anticipated health workforce needs of six rural, underserved North Florida counties – Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee and Taylor.
The Networks’ vision is to attract and retain high quality healthcare professionals; identify and increase healthcare training and continuing education opportunities for students and professionals; and “Grow Our Own,” an approach whereby children and community members can begin their education at NFCC and then remain or return to the six-county rural areas as healthcare support personnel and healthcare professionals.
Deidra Newman currently serves as interim director of the Network.