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Priorities

Trainings to Support Behavioral Health Access Challenges and Other Pathways

Opportunities for jobs that will enable and promote promising career paths currently exist in hospitals, long and short-term care facilities, home health and hospice care, urgent and specialty medical centers and more.

Educational institutions in this region are continually enhancing offerings to create students who possess transferable skills in order to be capable of applying for a myriad of job placements.

Health Care Connect as a partnership will continue to maximize area educational resources and partner capabilities to provide:

  • Verbal Judo and other related trainings to de-escalate workplace violence
  • Trainings on the implications of insurance changes (Value-based, other)
  • Introductions to Artificial Intelligence trainings and its resulting impacts on healthcare at all levels.
  • Investigating telemedicine use by partners for cohesive trainings and patient access—this will also require internet access in rural areas for patients.
  • Working with educational providers such as Penn State Brandywine and Abington, HCC partners and community groups to collaborate on trainings and micro-credentials to meet current and specific programming needs, including webinars and other flexible learning options. These same providers may qualify for 50% training reimbursements through HCC grant funds.
  • Trainings related to “warm handoffs” by which the primary care provider directly introduces the client to the behavioral health provider at the time of the client’s medical visit—possible mobile units.
  • Continuing to influence area politicians to make PA a compact state for licensure. The time lapses delay nurses’ ability to begin work while hindering hiring at health care providers.

In Demand Health Care Jobs

  • Community Health Workers
  • Home Health aids
  • Medical Equipment Preparers
  • Personal Care Aids
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Pharmacy Technologists
  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Techies
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists

As of October 2019, a total of 37,022 individuals were employed in Health Care and Social Assistance occupations in Chester County, PA. The challenge for employers of all sizes and specialties is to hire workers equipped with the skills and knowledge to create immediate impacts and positive outcomes.

Given an average regional unemployment rate of approximately 3.5%, along with rapidly changing technologies, the need to upskill incumbent workers and to better prepare a pipeline of future workers, is critical to not only individual businesses but the health care industry as a whole.

Source: PA CareerLink 7/29/19

Transportation

HCC has issued an RFP to hire a regional transit consultant to work on aligning the transportation options already available along with routes and options provided by HCC partners, to ascertain how to create accessibility for workers and patients in this 24 hour, seven day a week industry, encompassing its rural challenges and Covid-19 impacts.  It will also require accountability on the part of the largest employers to support new initiatives for their workers and will enable them to recover lost revenue due to missed appointments and unplanned absenteeism related to inconsistent transit access by workers.

Sustainability

HCC is appreciative of the funding created by PA Smart Grants but is aware that self-funding is mandated for sustainability.

There are opportunities for sponsorships of programming: in kind and cash, underwriting by partners for the HCC website and other outreach.

Maximizing training opportunities also delivers a percentage of the awarded allocation back to HCC sustainability.

There will also be additional outreach to garner private funding and underwriting from a variety of health care businesses that could benefit from access to HCC partners.

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Health Care Connect is an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council and is funded in part by the private sector with grant funding, received from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry through the Chester County Workforce Development Board.