The 10th Annual Health Workforce Research Conference, hosted by the AAMC Center for Workforce Studies, was held May 1-2, 2014, in Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s conference, which has broadened in focus to include all health professions, was “Finding the Right Fit: The Health Workforce Needed to Support the Affordable Care Act.”

The AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference is the premier opportunity for researchers, educators, and policymakers to meet and discuss state and federal workforce issues.
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Conference Highlights
This milestone event featured exciting plenary sessions on innovations in the health care workforce.
The Keynote Address was given by Dr. Joseph W. Thompson, Surgeon General of Arkansas, who spoke about his state’s innovative efforts to move to population and episode-based care delivery and payment strategies for nearly all payors.

The Thursday afternoon plenary was entitled “Improving Transitions across Team Members, Specialties, Settings and Systems.” This session focused on innovative met
hods for improving patient experiences, featuring Robert Nesse, CEO of the Mayo Clinic Health System, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, and more.

Starting off day two was Edward Salsberg, M.P.A., former Director of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at HRSA, and Director of the AAMC Center for Workforce Studies when the Health Workforce Research Conference was founded. He reflected on workforce research in the 10 years since the founding of the conference and emerging trends in the field in a session entitled “10 Years of Workforce Research: Reflections and Perspectives.”

Our second plenary panel, “Doing Well by Doing Good: Building the Case for Broad Workforce Partnerships,” focused on emerging partnerships that can impact the health of patients, such as dental care, integrative medicine, medical-legal partnerships, and public health.
The event concluded with a luncheon presentation featuring Frederick J. Bloom, Jr., M.D., M.M.M., Geisinger Health System’s Chief, Care Continuum and Keystone ACO Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Bloom discussed the groundbreaking work Geisinger is conducting in Pennsylvania to advance population health. He discussed the “ProvenHealth Navigator,” Geisinger’s advanced medical home model, and the use of advanced practitioners.

Breakout sessions included:

  • Issues in Primary Care Workforce
  • Health Professions Spotlight
  • Trends in Graduate Medical Education
  • Finding the Right Fit: Distribution of Health Profession Graduates in Communities and Specialties
  • Assessing Primary Care Capacity: Issues and Strategies
  • The Future of the Health Workforce: Pipeline Programs and Analysis
  • New Workforce Methods and Models
  • The Emerging Roles of Health Professionals
  • Outcomes of Healthcare Workforce Innovations at the University of New Mexico
  • Come Together: Using Teams to Meet Post-ACA Healthcare Needs
  • Government Efforts to Assess and Impact Access Challenges
  • Efforts to Reform and Expand Graduate Medical Education: A Review of State Initiatives

State Preconference:

This meeting also featured a preconference workshop on April 30, 2014, focused on state data collection efforts and resources available for workforce planning.
Preconference Highlights Included:
  • New Resources Available to States
  • 3 States Engaged in Health Workforce Data Collection-Panel Discussion
  • Secondary Health Workforce Data Sources, featuring HRSA and NCCPA
  • Supply Modeling
Mark your calendar now and plan to join us for the 11th Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference
April 29-May 1, 2015
Westin Alexandria
Alexandria, VA

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