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Montana Healthcare Workforce Advisory Committee

September 8, 2014 Meeting Materials

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

T. Conley, Presentation Slides

State-wide, Multi-year Workforce Training Implementation Plan

Oral Health Workforce Needs Assessment


Next Meeting:
Monday, October 7, 2013

Helena Colonial--Red Lion, Lewis Room

Helena, MT

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Call in number:
888-387-8686, 8422675#


William Connell will present updated workforce information.

Also, update on current HOSA structure.





The WWAMI Rural Health Research Center has released five Policy Briefs on topics related to rural health workforce development. Have a look...

The Rural Health Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities

The Rural Health Workforce in the WWAMI States: By the Numbers

Building and Maintaining the Rural Health Workforce: Resources and Strategies

What is Rural in the WWAMI States? Why Definitions Matter

Health Workforce Assessment: Tools for Policymakers and Planners




Have a look at our strategic plan...

Montana Healthcare Workforce Statewide Strategic Plan

Thank you to our dedicated committee members for your support and input.

For Review: Plan Accomplishments



Recent Healthcare Workforce Reports:

NHSC Retention Collaborative Survey Results

"Healthcare Labor Shortages and Potential Solutions"

"Healthcare in Montana's Economy"

North Central Healthcare Workforce map and numbers

South Central Healthcare Workforce map and numbers

Eastern Healthcare Workforce map and numbers


Western Healthcare Workforce map and numbers


Population/Physician percentage pie charts


Montana Counties with Total Physicians/County (map)


Workforce Data Collection--Minimum Data Sets


Montana's Healthcare Workforce Strategic Plan--Key Strategies


AHEC--K-12, Growing Our Own






Meeting Notes/Minutes from 9-10-12:



Meeting Notes/Minutes from 8-6-12:


Behavioral Health Workforce (from William Connell)


Meeting Notes/Minutes from 7-9-12:


Minimum Data Set Questions



Physician Assistants

Montana Statutes related to Licensure/Renewal


Meeting Notes/Minutes from 5-7-12


Meeting Material from 4-2-12:

Meeting Notes/Minutes

Sue Skillman Presentation


Meeting Material from 2-6-12:

Meeting Notes/Minutes

Definition of Primary Care
The Future of Rural Health: Implications for Public Policy
The High Performance Rural Health Care System of the Future


Meeting Material from 12-5-11:

Meeting Notes/Minutes

Health Care Innovation Challenge
Funding Opportunity


Meeting Materials from 11-7-11:


              New Mexico legislation

              Workforce projections

Background information for strategic plan...

Overall Strategies
                Educating and Training
                Engaging and Retaining

Data Reports
                Healthcare Employment Growth Rates and Location Quotients
                Montana Healthcare Raw Employment Data
                MUS Healthcare Graduates 2005-2010
                Healthcare Employment Patterns
                Montana Physicians in Active Practice (MMA data, 2011)
                Physician Count by Specialty 2011
                Healthcare Workforce Data Presentation (April, 2011)

Focus Group Summaries

Reference/Resource Reports

Minimum Data Sets—Background Information 

Community Health Centers (MT Primary Care Association)

Public Health Enumeration Study (Western AHEC)

HIT Environmental Scan (HealthShare MT)

HIT Workforce Needs Presentation

Economic Impact of Office-Based Physicians in Montana (Lewin Group, 2011) 

Alliance for Health Reform, Workforce Brief

Career Pathways—Six Key Elements


Workforce planning grant--general information

Focus Groups Flyer
Western Montana and Future Trends Data
Workforce Planning Grant Summary
Workgroup Resources
Strategies Draft
Workforce Data Power Point
Resource Documents


Materials from April Meeting

Materials from February Meeting

Materials from January Meeting


What is the Montana Healthcare Workforce Advisory Committee?

The Montana Healthcare Workforce Advisory Committee (MHWAC) was developed and appointed by the Montana Board of Regents in 2006. The MHWAC provides guidance to the Montana Board of Regents and other stakeholders on the priorities of and best strategies for addressing Montana’s healthcare workforce needs. The MHWAC evaluates proposals and makes recommendations on the most cost-effective options to train, recruit, and retain healthcare workers.

The MHWAC is composed of a broad group of representatives from healthcare providers, health professions education, healthcare associations and state agencies. The MHWAC is chaired by the Director of the Montana AHEC/Office of Rural Health, Kristin Juliar.

Montana's Primary Care Workforce Report, August 2009

By: Saul Rivard

Acknowledged Assistance By:
Kristin Juliar
Frank Newman, PhD

Overview: Nationally, there have been many concerted efforts to increase accessibility to healthcare, with particular attention to primary healthcare. The challenges of providing citizens with access to primary care are complex and multifaceted and in order to meet these challenges, there must be an adequate primary healthcare workforce. Primary care (PC) health professionals provide a wide spectrum of care including preventative, direct, and continuing health care. In the realm of primary care, Montana faces its own unique challenges in providing residents with complete and comprehensive health care. This report will look at three particular primary care workforce fields: (1) primary care physicians, (2) physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse-midwives, and (3) dentists and dental hygienists. While this list of primary care professions is by no means exhaustive, it will provide insight to the condition of primary healthcare in Montana and how the state compares nationally. With 47% of Montana’s population residing in rural or frontier communities (defined as fewer than 6 people per square mile), considerable attention will be given to the rural healthcare delivery system.

To view the entire report, please click here.

Montana’s Rural Healthcare Workforce Overview 2009

By: K. M. Bernier

With Assistance By: Kristin Juliar

Overview: The health workforce in Montana represents many of the challenges and demands of the rural and frontier healthcare workforce in the United States.  The need for qualified healthcare workers is an increasing problem in rural areas due to the lack of resources and the amount of aging workforce professionals.  As the population of Montana is projected to grow 21% between 2000 and 2020, increases in the healthcare workforce and high-quality facilities supporting this industry will soon to become a necessity.  According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, it is expected that the industry of Health Care and Social Assistance will employ 62,150 workers in 2010 with an annual growth rate of 1.2.  According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Montana ranks as “average” in overall health care quality. 

To view the entire report, please click here.

National Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Summit  Summary, September 22, 2009

Overview: Many national health care leaders have speculated that a new workforce crisis is emerging. This crisis will impact the Presidential mandate to employ needed health information technologies (HIT) in health care delivery systems across this country.  As the U.S. health care industry begins to convert antiquated paper record systems to modern information technology systems, it lacks a comprehensive plan to educate a comprehensive HIT workforce that will support this transformation. As a result, the ability to hire HIT professionals may become a serious limiting factor in the adoption and implementation of electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technologies especially in rural America.

To view the entire report, please click here.

Physician Supply in Montana: The Future is Now

By: Mark Doescher, MD, MSPH


  • To convey the urgency of physician workforce planning –the national picture.
  • Present the current supply of physicians in Montana. Does the state have enough physicians in the right specialties, locations, and practice configurations?
  • Examine the future supply of physicians in Montana

To view the entire report, please click here.

Healthcare Workforce Demand in Montana
May 2007

A Report by the Montana Healthcare Workforce Advisory Committee

Overview: In the spring of 2006, the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education approached the Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Office of Rural Health, asking the Advisory Board to provide leadership on healthcare workforce issues.  The Director, Kristin Juliar, was asked to organize and chair a statewide Montana Healthcare Workforce Advisory Committee (MHWAC).

The purpose of the Committee is to provide guidance to the state on how to assure that there is well-trained workforce sufficient in numbers, breadth, and quality to meet the needs of all regions of the state.  The Committee has broad representation from around the state, and among health providers and higher education

To view the entire report, please click here.

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