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Healthcare Workforce Transformation Summit

On Friday, June 16, over 200 healthcare partners attended the EOHHS Healthcare Workforce Transformation Summit to consider local and national strategies to prepare, deploy, and support a healthcare workforce to meet the needs of our rapidly evolving health system. 

Keynote speaker, Erin Fraher, Director of the Carolina Center for Health Workforce Research and Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, delivered an address on workforce planning in a rapidly changing healthcare system.  Following her presentation, Fraher joined Stephen Campbell (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute) and Pam Farnham (University of Vermont Medical Center) for a panel discussion on community health teams, direct care workforce challenges, and the future nursing workforce.  The Summit also featured workshops on new and evolving healthcare occupations, integrated behavioral healthcare, and community-based interprofessional education.

Click on the links below for the following Summit materials:


Presenter bios

Keynote address (Fraher)

Plenary presentation – Community Health Teams (Farnham)

Plenary presentation – Direct Care Workers (Campbell)

Plenary presentation – The Future Nursing Workforce (Fraher)


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EOHHS Healthcare Workforce Transformation Process
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Meeting minutes, agendas, handouts

What is Healthcare Workforce Transformation?

Rhode Island, like all states, is striving to achieve the “triple aim” of better care, healthier people, and smarter spending in our health system. To make progress towards these ambitious goals, RI will need to train, deploy, and support a workforce that is prepared with new skills to work in new ways that will achieve better results while controlling costs.

The EOHHS Healthcare Workforce Transformation Committee is working to answer the following questions for Rhode Island:

  • How are healthcare jobs changing and what new skills does our healthcare workforce need to keep up?    
  • What do educators and students need to know about the health care jobs of the future?  
  • How can healthcare providers partner with schools to create a well-prepared talent pipeline?
  • How can policy-makers and payers support healthcare workforce innovations that will improve the health of Rhode Islanders?

For more information or to participate in RI’s healthcare workforce transformation initiative, contact Rick Brooks at 401-462-8782 or



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