Bipartisan Group of State Lawmakers to Host WHA Workforce Capitol Briefing

January 23, 2020

State legislators, staff and health care leaders will have an opportunity Jan. 30, 2020 to attend WHA’s 2019 Health Care Workforce Report Legislative Briefing hosted by chairs and ranking members of the State Assembly Committee on Workforce Development and the State Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government. 
State Reps. Warren Petryk (R-Town of Washington) and Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point), and State Sens. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) and Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) have invited their peers to learn about how health care’s use of their own workforce is changing, the gaps that need to be addressed and regulations that have been a barrier to fully leveraging all members of a patient’s health care team.
Past accomplishments and future possibilities will be highlighted by WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding; WHA Vice President, Workforce and Clinical Practice Ann Zenk; Department of Workforce Development Assistant Deputy Secretary Danielle Williams and two WHA members: Bridgett Willey, PhD, UW Health Director, Allied Health Education and Career Pathways; and Donn Dexter, MD, Chair of Education, Mayo Clinic Health System Northwest Wisconsin Region.
Attendees will hear from Drs. Willey and Dexter about how significant investments in graduate medical education, innovative training programs for allied health professionals and advanced practice clinicians and utilization of apprenticeship program funding will result in a stronger and more diverse health care workforce. “This is vital work,” Borgerding notes. “Not only is our state’s health care workforce vital to securing high-quality health care, it’s also a key economic asset, drawing industry and growing jobs in other sectors for our state.”
Plan on attending the “WHA State of the Health Care Workforce” briefing Thursday, Jan. 30 from 9-10 a.m. in the State Capitol’s North Hearing Room, or via WisconsinEye live stream. WHA and WHA members will demonstrate exactly what approved legislation has meant for hospitals and engage lawmakers in the work ahead.
WHA members can stay informed on legislative priorities and progress, and important events like the annual WHA Health Care Workforce Report and legislative briefing, by joining WHA’s HEAT network. Contact WHA Vice President of Advocacy Kari Hofer today to join. Contact Ann Zenk for questions about the “WHA State of the Health Care Workforce” briefing.

This story originally appeared in the January 23, 2020 edition of WHA Newsletter