HealthCare Workforce and Community Colleges
By Pat Gorman
Pat Gorman leads NER’s Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest and is a librarian at the Community College of Rhode Island.
The Healthcare Workforce COI begins its second year with a focus on the many healthcare professionals who are educated and trained in our local community colleges. From certificate programs to associate degree programs, the community college offers a variety of career paths to a highly diverse population and prepares them with the skills and competencies needed to succeed in a healthcare setting. In addition to the traditional academic degrees in fields such as nursing, dental hygiene, respiratory therapy and occupational therapy, these school often have additional workforce programs to support developing fields such as Health IT .
Our goal this year will be to look at the role of the community college the healthcare workforce, to become familiar with the resources available to them, to share regional news and personal experiences, and to explore the many ways that libraries can support these programs.
We invite those who are interested in this aspect of the healthcare workforce to join us in an initial web session on Wednesday, August 8 from 10:00-11:00. To start our thinking on the topic, here is a link to a short Q&A session with Roxanne Fulcher, Director of Health Professions Policy and the Health Professions Education Center at the American Association of Community Colleges: The Role of Community Colleges in Meeting the Nation’s Health Workforce Needs
Register for the HealthCare Workforce Community College Libraries Session on August 8th.
If you can not make the session please let us know you are interested in being a part of the Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest: send us an email.