Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
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Public University Graduate/Research Program
“I am excited because an expanded health workforce is necessary to assuring access to health care. Also, a job in the health care sector could provide a great opportunity for economic security for many Maine people which might not otherwise be available to them.”
Organizational Mission: The organization I work for is Maine’s Health Workforce Forum which was established in 2005 by the Maine Legislature to address the state’s health workforce shortages. Forum members include employers, educators, professional associations, licensing boards, Maine DHHS, Maine DOL, LWIBs, AHECs and others.
Interest in Sector Work: My initial interest in the health workforce sector was related to an interest in providing access to health care. While a shortage of health professionals may limit access to health care, from a labor perspective, this shortage means a demand for workers in high growth/high wage jobs. Maine’s health care sector is its largest economic sector. The demand for these jobs exists throughout the state, even in the poorer and more rural communities and even in a down turned economy. As Maine becomes more strategic in its approach to how to fill these health care positions, a better coordinated pipeline should be developed that can be accessed by many different types of workers, whether they have just graduated from high school or college and are looking for a way to stay in their home community, or if they have lost their job and need to find a new career.