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Health Careers Futures' (HCF) mission is to align the supply and demand of workers in the regional healthcare industry by improving attraction, recruitment and retention of quality healthcare workers; and by instituting research of relevant healthcare workforce issues.

Health Careers Futures has successfully:

  • Assisted in the development and implementation of a U.S. Department of Labor Incumbent Training Project that trained healthcare workers for higher paying jobs in the healthcare sector
  • Sponsored the 2003 and 2005 Magnet Summits to show regional hospitals how to achieve Magnet Certification, a designation of the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nursing Association
  • Collaborated with the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB), employers and training organizations to provide training and education to incumbent workers
  • Conducted research regionally and nationally on incumbent workers and current trainees in high-demand careers
  • Provided technical assistance to the TRWIB and other organizations to develop projects and tools for the healthcare sectors.

Health Careers Futures, along with the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), are supporting organizations of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) that develop and manage programs, research, training and grantmaking to perfect patient care. JHF is also the fiscal agent for State HIV/AIDS funding in Pennsylvania.  We are funded by public and private sources, and the JHF endowment.

We act as a neutral voice focused on Perfecting Patient CareSM (PPC) for patients,  workers and healthcare systems.

For the Patient, it is care that is kind, competent, customized,   comprehensive, safe and efficient; addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, including:

· seniors (Caregiver Champions)

· the poor (Safety Net Medical Home Initiative)

· the chronically ill (Accountable Care Network)

· those who are approaching End-of-Life (Closure)

· persons living with behavioral health problems (AHRQ grant), and persons living with  HIV/AIDS (Readmissions Reduction project)

For the Healthcare Worker, it means that care is:

· informed and supported (Regional Extension & Assistance Center for HIT)

· incentivized (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation payment reform grant and the Fine Awards)

· prepared by training and coaching (Perfecting Patient CareSM, Tomorrow’s HealthCareTM,   PPC University, Fellowships and Champions Programs)

For Organizations and Systems, this focus includes:

· training, coaching and leadership development (Perfecting Patient CareSM)

· comprehensive improvement and education tools (Tomorrow’s HealthCareTM)

· transformations and new models of care (Patient Centered Medical Homes, Accountable Care Networks, Primary Care Resource Centers)

· payment reform (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation payment reform grant and The Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform— www.chqpr.org)

A more thorough review of JHF, PRHI, and HCF programs is available through our magazine ROOTS, our newsletter Branches, the online Executive Summary, and Teachable Moments presenting brief videos of successful improvement projects.


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