Building the quality of the health workforce requires new curricula in professional education, a steady stream of qualified new entrants, workforce retention strategies and on-site training in work process improvement. Foundation grants and programs supplement standard academic curricula with new methods in quality improvement, care giving, information technology and safety science.
Health Careers Futures
Health Careers Futures (HCF) aims to revitalize the regional healthcare workforce by aligning the supply of and demand for workers and supporting regional economic development. HCF strengths are information and resource gathering and distribution, and healthcare workforce innovation. HCF programs increase regional recruitment and retention capacity and provide better support for training in health careers. HCF is the hub of regional health workforce initiatives and acts as the Healthcare Industry Partnership Coordinator for Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) provides frontline healthcare workers with the training and tools to dramatically improve patient safety and healthcare quality through reductions in medical errors, use of evidence-based practices and elimination of waste. Its training is designed to recognize that the real experts in improving care are those closest to the work itself and that their engagement and skill enhancement can lead to greater job satisfaction, employee retention and career development.
JHF Patient Safety Fellowship
Patient Safety Fellowships are organized under the auspices of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative with funding from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF). The goal of the program is to bring students pursuing healthcare professions in contact with clinicians and environments exemplifying the highest standards of medical practice in hopes of retaining qualified future leaders in health care. Over an eight-week period, students develop skills in team building, problem-solving, leadership, and Perfecting Patient CareSM. Through PPC, students learned to understand systemic problems through observation at the point of patient care, refine team-based approaches to solving observed problems, test solutions and refine them in real-time and redesign work based on results.
JHF Jonas Salk Fellowship
The Jonas Salk Fellowship is an educational program of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. The Fellowship is a unique educational program that brings together students from a diverse array of health-related graduate programs throughout the region to discuss paramount issues confronting health, health care and our society. This year, the Jonas Salk Fellowship will focus on cultivating leadership skills through a series of sessions on topics ranging from creating transparency to improving organizational performance.