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Healthcare

The healthcare industry is a vital part of the region’s economy.  The Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Massachusetts is an industry initiative of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County.  The Partnership is comprised of employers, workforce development leaders and training and education providers who are dedicated to strengthening the region’s healthcare workforce and enhancing the quality of patient care.

The Partnership responds to the workforce needs of employers and ensures that workers have access to the education and training needed to prepare them for lifelong careers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry.  Areas of focus include nursing and allied health occupations.

The partnership is currently implementing several projects:

1) The Care Transitions Education Project is a nursing workforce initiative designed to increase the number of nurses equipped to lead effective patient-centered care transitions (September 2011-August 2014).

2) The Healthcare On-the-Job Training Program (November 2011-October 2015) assists. unemployed and underemployed workers, including new graduates, transition to practice in targeted healthcare careers through a combination of occupational skills training and on-the-job training.

For more information about local healthcare careers and the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Massachusetts, please visit our website at http://westernmasshealthcareers.org/.