Ann Zenk, RN, BSN, MHA, WHA vice president of workforce and clinical practice, is the second WHA expert tapped for a state committee in the last month. Zenk’s gubernatorial appointment to the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment follows the recent appointment of Jennifer Mueller, vice president of the WHA Information Center, to the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Advisory Committee on Data Privacy and Security.
The Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment is charged with aiding Wisconsin employers in finding the workers they need and providing resources to enable workers to access training for in-demand careers with the ultimate goal of moving Wisconsin’s economy forward. Members include a majority of business leaders, as well as state legislators and local elected officials, representatives from educational institutions, community-based organizations and labor representatives from throughout the state.
Zenk was nominated to serve on the Council by WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding. “As the author of WHA’s last two Health Care Workforce Reports, Ann has been able to utilize the wealth of information available through the WHA Information Center and her expertise and the expertise of our members to not just report on current trends, but also provide workforce projections and recommendations to resolve and prevent health care workforce shortages,” Borgerding said. “Her membership will add significantly to the important work of the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment.”
Zenk looks forward to serving on the Council, noting “Hospitals and health systems are a key driver in the state’s economy, and an adequate workforce is essential to access high-quality, high-value health care,” Zenk said. “As our population and workforce age, health care demand and the demand for health care workers will increase rapidly; it will be essential that Wisconsin continues to support individuals entering health care career pathways.”