About the Maine Health Workforce Forum
Many Maine communities face shortages of health care professionals such as dentists, mental health providers, nurses, pharmacists, primary care doctors and home care workers. The Maine Health Workforce Forum was established in 2005 by the Maine Legislature to address Maine’s current and projected workforce needs. The Forum is a statewide group of public and private sector stakeholders committed to ensuring a sufficient supply and qualified health and long term care workforce in Maine. Membership in the Forum is open and voluntary and includes: employers, representatives of health professional associations, licensing boards, educational institutions, and Maine Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Forum’s purpose is to ensure a high level of communication, information sharing, coordination, collaboration, planning, resource development, program alignment, and data collection and analysis among the various public and private organizations, educators, and practitioners concerned with an adequate supply of health care workers to meet health, public health, and long term care needs in Maine. In addition, the Forum provides guidance and recommendations to policy makers.
Maine Awarded $4.85 million 2 year grant - Healthcare included as one of the key industries
On June 26th the US Department of Labor announced the recipients of the Job-Driven (JD) National Emergency Grant (NEG). The Maine Department of Labor will receive $4.85 million for a 2 year grant and as the grant summary states "Maine will use the JD NEG funding to build upon existing partnerships, as well as develop new collaborations, to create and implement career and job-based training for the long-term unemployed, those likely to exhaust Unemployment Insurance benefits, and foreign-trained immigrants ("New Mainers"). " The healthcare sector has been identified as one of the key sectors that will be a focus of this grant. More information will be available soon from the Maine Department of Labor.
Maine's Health Workforce: What Do the Data Tell Us?
April 15, 2014, Presented by the Maine Health Workforce Forum
A Presentation of the 2014 Health Occupations Report
Gain an understanding of Maine's current health occupations data and the implications for Maine's health workforce and access to healthcare. Presentation by Paul Leparulo, Center for Workforce Research and Information, Maine Department of Labor. Comments by Jeanne Paquette, Commissioner, Maine Department of Labor and Dora Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, VP for Clinical Afffairs, University of New England.