With the number of people over age 65 living in Wisconsin expected to double by 2030, the health care workforce will need to grow more than 30 percent to meet the demand for care. That growth is dependent on health care organizations successfully attracting new members to the health care workforce, and a new program in Wisconsin can help do just that.
A group of health care associations, including WHA, has been meeting with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Pathways Wisconsin to design and develop a middle and high school career path to health care. This career path will support Academic and Career Planning (ACP), a legislative policy that went into effect this past year.
As every public school district in the state develops an ACP process that begins as early as sixth grade, employers will have enhanced opportunities to partner with schools and provide awareness of the wide variety of careers available to them through:
- Career development opportunities such as field trips, career fairs, speakers, class curriculum review
- Mentoring and hiring opportunities through job shadows, internships, summer hires, work-based learning programs such as Youth Apprenticeship
Ann Zenk, WHA Vice President of Workforce and Clinical Practice, has been an active participant in the process, and encourages human resources and patient care leaders to do the same, noting, “Exposing our youth to high-demand jobs in health care and helping them develop the skills to succeed in those jobs are key to engaging the workforce needed to sustain Wisconsin’s high-quality, high-value health care.”
Health care leaders who would like to learn more about Regional Career Pathways can connect to the Pathways Wisconsin pilot regions in Indianhead, Madison, Milwaukee, and Moraine Park.