Allied Health-Direct Care Workforce Plan: A Foundation of Our Future
Our health care system is transforming from a focus on acute care hospitals to community based settings as the central focus of health care delivery. As a result of this transition, demand for direct care workers is growing rapidly and this growth is projected to continue for the next decade. Direct care jobs represent entry level access points to health care careers for many adult as well as traditional age students who aspire to advance to higher level jobs paying family sustaining wages, over time, and provide an opportunity to increase the college going rate for many students.
Entry level direct care support jobs are accessible with a modest amount of post-secondary training, often non-credit programs, and as such present a vital pathway to above minimum wage work and careers that can provide family-supporting wages. The workforce that seeks out these jobs presents many challenges as candidates often lack fluency in English and generally lack a foundation in numeracy and the application of technology as a tool for health care delivery. It is important to note that some students in this pipeline are functionally literate in the language of the communities they seek to serve and others hold health care certifications in their home countries that only need validation, locally. Therefore, this workforce requires an array of support services, including access to financial aid, to become ready for job training programs and will need stackable, articulated coursework to further develop their knowledge, skills and abilities for advancement to higher level certifications and college degree programs.
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s Healthcare Chartbook
The Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook is a graphical resource that contains charts that inform workforce development professionals, educators, employers, and jobseekers about the status and recent history of Healthcare careers and the Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector in the Commonwealth. >> Download the Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook (.PDF: 8MB)
Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund
In August 2012, through the collaborative efforts of the Massachusetts Legislature, Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray, Massachusetts became the first state in the country to enact health care cost containment legislation. The Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund was established as part of the law for the purpose of funding a wide spectrum of employee training and other programs within the health care industry. The Fund is to be administered by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD). Learn More…
Massachusetts Healthcare Cost Containment Legislation