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The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Advancing Health Workforce Reform

On Friday, April 10, 2015 Health & Medicine’s held a meeting of the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy focused on Advancing Health Workforce Policy Reform at Loyola University's Kasbeer Hall.



One of the necessary conditions for universal access to healthcare is having a high-skilled, culturally competent, and diverse health workforce functioning in interdisciplinary teams of care. Illinois has undertaken a series of planning efforts over the last few years that developed recommendations to help address long-term health workforce challenges, some of which may be active, and others of which may be on hold as the new administration determines its priorities. The forum explored the policy, practice, and programmatic efforts currently underway to meet Illinois’ health workforce needs. Discussion questions included: What are some of the health workforce challenges facing the State?  What are some approaches we can take to address our workforce needs?  This forum brought together speakers to discuss their policy, practice, and programmatic efforts to address health workforce needs.

Forum Speakers and Presentations:
  • Rick Selvik, MPH, MSW, Public Health Analyst, Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA Chicago Regional Office - view the presentation
  • Susan Swart, MS, RN, CAE, Executive Director, American Nurses Association-Illinois, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing, and Illinois Nurses Foundation - view the presentation
  • Tameshia Bridges Mansfield, MSW, Midwest Director, PHI Midwest - view the presentation
  • David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences and Urban Health Lab, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at The University of Chicago
  • Sharon Powell, MA, Director, Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (Moderator)
This forum included a discussion of:
  • A current bill under consideration in Illinois’ General Assembly to allow for full practice authority of Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Perspective of a physician and economist whose research includes a focus on provider continuity within multidisciplinary care teams
  • Workforce pipeline challenges and programs designed to ensure a diverse and culturally competent health workforce
  • Challenges facing the homecare workforce and efforts to address homecare workforce needs

About The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy:
Each policy forum in The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy series focuses on health reform efforts both in Illinois and in the Chicago area, including discussions of best practices from around the country. Previous events in the series include:


Health & Medicine wishes to thank the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust for its support of this forum.