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Forum Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 20, 2011
University of Southern Maine
Muskie School of Public Service
‘State of the State’ Summit Examines Maine’s Health Workforce Development
PORTLAND, MAINE -- On Tuesday, more than 150 health professionals gathered on the University of Maine campus in Orono for the State of the State’s Health Workforce Summit.
Organized by the Maine Health Workforce Forum, summit participants examined issues and strategies to meet the state’s growing demand for healthcare professionals.
Gov. Paul LePage opened the day-long event by stating that “the summit highlights a critical issue as the state’s aging population consumes increasing amounts of health care coupled with projected shortages of some healthcare professionals, such as nurses.”
Edward Salsberg, director of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, stressed the importance of aligning workforce supply with health services demand. Others who described the current state of the healthcare workforce included Paul Leparulo, senior analyst for the Maine Department of Labor Center for Workforce, Research, and Information; Charles Dwyer, director of the Maine Department of Human Services Office of Rural Health and Primary Care; and Judith West, vice president of human resources at Maine Health.
Presenting the state’s response to the growing demand for healthcare professionals were four state commissioners: Robert Winglass, Department of Labor; Mary Mayhew, Department of Health and Human Services; George Gervais, Department of Economic and Community Development; and Stephen Bowen, Department of Education.
Education panelists included Richard Pattenaude, chancellor, University of Maine System; Dora Mills, vice president for clinical affairs, University of New England; and Barbara Woodlee, Maine Community College System. In addition, employer representatives included Paul Bolin from Eastern Maine Medical Center; Cate Parker, Midcoast Hospital; Jeff Boal, Mount Desert Island Hospital; and Paula White, Maine Medical Center.
According to Valerie Landry, Mercy Health System of Maine and forum chairperson, “Healthcare workers are essential to both the economy and the well-being of Maine people.
Employers, educational institutions, and government are working together—and must continue to do so—to meet the demand for well-qualified professionals.”
The Maine Health Workforce Forum was established in 2005 by the Maine Legislature to address current and projected workforce needs. The Forum is a statewide group of public and private sector stakeholders committed to ensuring a sufficient supply of qualified health and long-term care workforce in Maine. Forum membership is open to all and includes: employers, 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.
Support for the summit is provided by the Maine Health Care Sector Grant, which is 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 is provided by the University of Maine, Office of Academic Affairs, School of Nursing, College of Natural Science, Forestry and Agriculture. Staffing for the summit is provided by the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.
Archived Forum Press Releases
Summit News Advisory - September 21, 2011