Industry Partnership Submitted By:
Colorado Urban Workforce Alliance/ADWorks!

Greater Metro Denver Healthcare Partnership: GMDHP

Community Challenge/Problem

In 2010, the Adams County and Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Investment Board (WIB) healthcare sub-committees decided to merge their individual healthcare subcommittees to leverage human capital (demand and supply) and financial resources. In 2012, the Denver WIB joined. Colorado Urban Workforce Alliance(CUWA)became the convener and the Greater Metro Denver Healthcare Partnership ("Partnership") was formed. The Partnership is an industry led, workforce, education and economic development collaborative designed to meet the hiring, retention, and training needs identified by seven of the largest hospitals and medical facilities in the Denver area. The Partnership identified high demand healthcare occupations that the hospitals are currently experiencing or are projected to experience in the next 5-10 years.

Board Solution/Innovation

The convener is the Colorado Urban Workforce Alliance (CUWA). The Partnership Business Executive Committee that leads the mission and oversees results is inclusive of the following healthcare systems: University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Health, Children's Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, HealthOne, Centura Health and Platte Valley Medical Center. The Partnership collectively identified occupations in the greatest demand, those with the most established career ladders, and those with the highest median wage. The four targeted occupations include: Surgical Techs, Medical Lab Techs, Medical Technologists and Nurses (Registered Nurse, Associate Nursing Degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing). Subject Matter Experts assist in making recommendations for the investment of training dollars in particular programs.

Outcomes & Results

The Partnership has enrolled 115 individuals in training (75 new trainees and 40 incumbent workers) and 73 individuals have completed their training. Salaries have significantly increased for some of the participants once hired in their occupations. For example, the average salary for Med Techs at enrollment was $14.95, and increased to $24.77 once employed. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates' average salary was $14.24 at enrollment and rose to $23.56 once employed. The workforce regions have leveraged over $210,000 and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and Healthcare partners have leveraged over $50,000 to make these trainings possible. The Healthcare industry has committed to continue to work with the three workforce regions to direct the investment of training dollars in targeted occupations.

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