Workforce development programs empower communities to thrive by providing people with the skills they need to build successful careers, particularly within sectors or industries with labor shortages. Let’s take a closer look at why these programs matter, how they’re defined in the health and human services sector, and four actions your organization can take to improve its workforce development program.
The health and human services sector is critical to our well-being and quality of life. In many areas of the United States, particularly rural communities, geographic isolation limits access to quality healthcare. The Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) designates shortage areas in particular need of health workers. It provides financial support for the education of primary care practitioners in exchange for their service in these communities. These programs exemplify how workforce development focuses on stretching limited resources where there’s the greatest need.