The Northern Michigan University (NMU) Center for Rural Health has recently launched a talent survey aimed at addressing the healthcare workforce challenges in the Upper Peninsula region. The objective of this project is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the region’s healthcare talent needs, which will help improve strategic alignment across NMU’s academic programs and foster stronger partnerships with healthcare providers in the area.
Access to quality healthcare has been a persistent challenge in rural areas, primarily due to the declining healthcare workforce. In light of this, Elise Bur, the Director of the NMU Center for Rural Health, emphasizes the importance of identifying both current and future staffing needs in the region’s healthcare sector. By doing so, the initiative hopes to explore innovative solutions that can strengthen and expand the healthcare workforce in the Upper Peninsula.
This collaborative effort involves InvestUP, an organization focused on leveraging data to inform regional decisions, and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA). Together, they aim to enhance career opportunities for students and alumni in the Upper Peninsula while simultaneously improving health outcomes at a regional level.
The CEO of InvestUP, Marty Fittante, highlights the significance of the partnership with NMU and MHA in addressing the training and staffing needs of healthcare providers. Recognizing that healthcare is fundamental to a healthy community, Fittante underscores the importance of understanding the regional requirements and working alongside higher education institutions to meet them effectively.
The MHA, emphasizing their commitment to workforce development, support, and innovation, strongly advocates for this collaboration. Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, highlights the critical nature of such partnerships in order to build a robust healthcare workforce pipeline for the Upper Peninsula.
To participate in the survey, individuals can visit the NMU Center for Rural Health website at nmu.edu/ruralhealth/survey. The survey will be available until December 15th. Once the survey is completed, NMU will analyze the responses and publish a summary of findings that will be shared with the respondents. This valuable information will inform future career opportunities, design, and potential collaborations between NMU and healthcare providers in the Upper Peninsula.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. Who is conducting the talent survey?
The talent survey is being conducted by the Northern Michigan University (NMU) Center for Rural Health in collaboration with InvestUP and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA).
2. What is the objective of the talent survey?
The objective of the talent survey is to better understand the healthcare talent needs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This information will help NMU align their academic programs and establish stronger partnerships with healthcare providers in the region.
3. How can I participate in the survey?
To participate in the survey, visit the NMU Center for Rural Health website at nmu.edu/ruralhealth/survey. The survey will remain open until December 15th.
4. What will happen with the survey results?
NMU will analyze the survey results and publish a summary of findings. This summary will be shared with the respondents and used to inform career design and talent partnerships between NMU and Upper Peninsula healthcare providers.