Capitol Hill Briefing: Building the Health Workforce 'Dream Team'

    • November 22, 2010

With health reform implementation underway, many providers and policy-makers see team-based approaches as one of the keys to providing care for more than 30 million new patients. Team-based care also holds the promise to improve quality, maximize resources, promote wellness, expand preventive care and enhance the value of the health care dollar. The health workforce “dream team” may include physicians, nurses, nutritionists, physical therapists, social workers, nurses’ aides, direct care workers, home health aides and others, all contributing to coordinated care in a high quality system.

But are there enough of these professionals to provide care for a growing, aging population with ever-increasing chronic care needs? Are there incentives to keep workers in the health professions and move them up a career development ladder quickly enough to meet the impending need? What will care teams look like? What legislative adjustments will states need to make to implement the Affordable Care Act?

With these and related questions in mind, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Alliance for Health Reform are sponsoring a December 2 luncheon briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Panelists will include:

  • Linda Burnes Bolton, Dr.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N., vice president for nursing and chief nursing officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles; vice chair, Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Nursing.
  • Joel Teitelbaum, J.D., LL.M., associate professor and vice chair of academic affairs in the department of health policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services; managing director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program at George Washington University
  • Thomas R. (Bob) Konrad, Ph.D, co-director of the Program on Health Professions and Primary Care at the Cecil G. Sheps Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and
  • Catherine Dower, J.D., associate director of research, the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco.

Co-moderators for the event will be:

  • Edward F. Howard, J.D., executive vice president, the Alliance for Health Reform; and
  • Susan B. Hassmiller, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., senior advisor for nursing, RWJF.

The briefing will be December 2, 2010 from 12:15 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 325. Registration closes on November 30th, or sooner if capacity is reached. Click here to register.