The Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program was awarded $50,000 through the Governor's Workforce Development Council to convene and develop the Rural Minnesota Healthcare Collaborative partnership.
The purpose of this partnership is to pro-actively identify and address regional work force development needs in the health care industry in Economic Development Region 5 - Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
The focus of the regional approach is to develop strategies to meet the common needs of the health care sector for highly skilled workers. All strategies will be initiated and led by the health care industry. The partnership consists of several area hospitals and clinics, nursing homes, economic developers, social services, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, colleges, schools and Rural Minnesota CEP Inc. The group has begun to identify approaches to address the existing work force shortages in the rural communities in the region.
Craig Nathan, Rural Minnesota CEP operations manager, said the goal is to identify and address regional work force issues in the area's health care industry that will result in strong health care delivery in rural Minnesota.
Nathan said the best approach is to bring all major parties together to include knowledge and expertise without duplication of efforts.
Rural Minnesota CEP is a WorkForce Center partner serving 19 counties in northern and west central Minnesota.
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