The health workforce continues to experience high turnover, personnel shortages, vacancies, and a lack of well-trained, culturally diverse staff. In addition, Alaska’s population is expected to grow by 10 percent between 2012 and 2022 and, during the same period, Alaskans aged 65 and older will increase by a projected 79 percent, which will substantially increase demand for health care workers. The Trust works to ensure service providers across the state have access to a stable, capable, culturally competent workforce to serve Trust beneficiaries, their families and communities. This focus area funds different strategies from trainings for direct service workers to working with the University of Alaska on developing and offering curriculum for degrees that impact Trust beneficiaries.
The demand for health care services continues to grow with the state’s steadily growing and aging population, many of whom are Trust beneficiaries. The workforce development focus area aims to develop a capable, culturally-competent workforce for service providers to support the communities and families of Trust beneficiaries.
- Trust beneficiaries are served by a capable workforce
- Trust beneficiaries are served by a stable and adequate workforce
- Build the core competencies for direct care workers
- Maximize the SHARP program to help the effort in recruiting and retaining qualified behavioral health professionals
- Accountability Reports under review
Kathy Craft, Director, Alaska Health Workforce Coalition