Michigan’s kids are our future health care workforce. To capture their attention today, we serve as the Michigan HOSA headquarters with more than 5,000 students from over 100 chapters in virtually all counties. Regional, state, and national competitions offer an exciting way to teach our future health leaders the importance of teamwork, professionalism, and technical expertise. Because we find that 65% of our students ultimately work as health professionals, we are considering ways to expand our success by serving elementary and middle school students.
The first-hand, context-based learning provided by employers to future health professionals offers a bridge between education and practice. However, it requires expert organization to efficiently and effectively utilize available rotations and ensure strong compliance with all organizational policies. We built a product with partners primarily in southeast Michigan to address many of these concerns for almost 70% of nursing students in Michigan. Now we are striving to increase the quality of rotations by offering interprofessional education opportunities and broaden our network in other states.
Interprofessional collaboration is a process for communication and decision-making that enables separate and shared knowledge and skills of different care providers to synergistically influence the care provided through changed attitudes and behaviors, all the while emphasizing patient-centered goals and values. We help practice managers and other change agents implement this type of teamwork by profiling sites with success stories, offering facilitation services, and fundraising for pilot tests.
Shifting from a sick care system to a culture of health requires a greater focus on primary care. Our goal is to promote health models that deliver the right care, at the right place, and at the right time. We published our latest findings from a discussion with 120 industry leaders to show why this shift requires more than just checking boxes to become a medical home.
Demand for care is increasing while the projected supply of health professionals lags behind. To bolster supply, we emphasize the importance of building health professional capacity. Examples include: supporting new members of the care team like Community Health Workers and serving as an affordable and effective sourcing tool to support the recruiting needs of employers in diverse settings and communities.
Forty percent of health outcomes can be attributed to social and economic factors. Many groups spread across Michigan are working to connect their community members with non-medical needs like access to food, affordable housing, and quality education. However, we find that these groups are searching for ways to collaborate and communicate across communities. Our quarterly workgroup offers opportunities for health plans, hospitals, academics, community resource providers, and researchers to start thinking statewide about common issues that impact every community.