2013 Maine Health Workforce Forum Summit

June 13, 2013 - Collaborative and Innovative Solutions to Meeting the Health Workforce Needs of Employers

Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

Maine Health Workforce Forum June 2013 Summit Agenda

Links to conference materials provided below.  Presentation videos coming soon. 


  • Town hall  meeting with Timothy Martin of the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration and Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette
  • Highlights from Maine's health workforce data
  • Presentations on leveraging training resources and industry partnerships
  • Tools for implementation and assessment of career pathways
  • Learning about the successful partnerships and collaborations of the Health Care Sector Grant
  • Strategy session to coordinate Maine's various nursing workforce initiatives
  • Employer perspectives on the emerging field of health information technology (HIT) and its impact on the workforce
  • Networking with colleagues interested in health workforce issues and solutions

    Background Information - Maine Health Workforce Forum Flyer


9:00 - 9:15  Welcome and Introductory Comments

Paul Ferguson, President, University of Maine (Video)
Valerie Landry, Mercy Hospital and Chairperson, Maine Health Workforce Forum (Video)

9:15 - 9:45  Maine's Health Sector and Workforce, Trends-Projections-Challenges

Introduction and moderated by: Valerie Landry

Paul Leparulo, Principal Economic Research Analyst, Center for Workforce, Research and Information, Maine   Department of Labor - presentation    (Video)

9:45 - 11:00  Promoting a Dual Customer Focus:  Meeting the Needs of Employers and Job Seekers

Introduction and comments by:  Jeanne Paquette, Commissioner, Maine Department of Labor (Video)
Timothy Martin, Director, Office of State Systems, Employment and Training Administration, US Department of Labor, Boston Regional Office (Video)

Town Hall Meeting - Valerie Landry, Paul Leparulo, Jeanne Paquette, Timothy Martin (Video)

11:15 - 12:15  State and National Perspectives on Workforce Challenges and Solutions

Introduction and moderated by Rebecca Lamey, MaineGeneral Health (Video)
Garret Groves, Senior Policy Analyst, Economic, Human Services & Workforce Division, National Governor's Association - presentation      State Sector Strategies Coming of Age - NGA Report  (Video)
Ginny Carroll, Director of Policy and Evaluation, Maine Department of Labor - presentation
MDOL Program and Service Guide 2012  (Video)

1:15 - 2:30  Afternoon Session 1

Session 1A

Adressing Maine's Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Training Needs (Session Video)

Introductions and moderated by: Martha Vrana-Bossart, HIT Project Coordinator, Kennebec Valley Community College - presentation
Joanna Morrison, HR Manager, Eastern Maine Medical Center
Valerie Herbert, Director, Nursing Education, Husson University - presentation
Patricia Chubbuck, Health Information Technology Specialist, EHR Incentive Program - presentation

Session 1B

Success Stories of Maine's Health Care Sector Grant (Session Video)

Introductions and moderated by:  Joan Dolan, Program Manager and Director of Apprenticeships and Strategic Partnerships, Maine Department of Labor - presentation    
Preliminary Overview and Summary of Projects Report
Nicole Morin-Scribner, Director of Human Resources and Learning, St. Mary's Health System
Jennifer McBee, Director, Training and Development, Penobscot Community Health Center - presentation
Norma, Desjardins, Director, Academy Dental, St. Apollonia Dental Clinic - presentation

2:45 - 4:00  Afternoon Session 2

Session 2A

Career Pathways:  Tools for Effective Implementation and Assessment (Session Video)
Introductory comments and moderated by: Peter Caron, Director of Adult and Community Education, MSAD #27, Fort Kent - presentation    Six Key Elements Readiness Assessment Tool
Theresa Mudgett, Regional Coordinator, Health Care Sector Grant, Eastern Maine Development Corporation
Greg Leavitt, Director, Bangor Adult Education
Natalie Binette, Staff Trainer, Penobscot Community Health Center
Scott Voisine, Dean of Community Education, University of Maine at Fort Kent

Session 2B

Maine's Nursing Workforce - Bringing it All Together
(No Video)
Moderated and facilitate by: Barbara Poirier, Policy Associate and Martha Elbaum Williamson, Reserach Associate, USM Muskie School of Public Service

2013 Summit Presenter Bios

Support for the Summit was provided by the Maine Health Care Sector Grant, which was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration and the Maine Department of Labor.  This project provides equal opportunity in employment and programs.

Additional support for the Summit was provided by the University of Maine School of Nursing.