Health Care Workforce Partnership

The Health Care Workforce Partnership (HCWP) was formed in response to Health and Human Services’ notice of funding availability and subsequent grant award. This grant was provided as a resource for states to plan and implement programs aimed at increasing the supply of primary health care professionals, and as part of a larger effort at the national level, to assess the workforce supply and demand, and develop uniform and consistent data sets on health care professionals in order to identify and address key health professions issues, and develop informed workforce policies.


What is HCWP?

The HCWP will bring critical partners together to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that increases primary health care professionals in Kansas by 10-25% over the next ten years and to accomplish the grant’s seven objectives.

Strategic Goals

  1. Analyze State labor market information in order to create health care career pathways for students and adults, including dislocated workers;
  2. health care sectors for purposes of planning career pathways; 
  3. Identify existing Federal, State, and private resources to recruit, educate or train, and retain a skilled health care workforce and strengthen partnerships;
  4. Describe the academic and health care industry skill standards for high school graduation, for entry into postsecondary education, and for various credentials and licensure; 
  5. Describe State secondary and postsecondary education and training policies, models, or practices for the health care sector, including career information and guidance counseling;
  6. Identify Federal or State policies or rules to developing a coherent, comprehensive health care workforce development strategy and barriers and a plan to resolve these barriers; and 
  7. Participate in programmatic evaluation and reporting activities.

Grant Specifics

Click here to access Kansas Department of Commerce Workforce Services' Workforce Grant site containing the SGA, submitted grant and notice of award for the Health Care Workforce Development Planning Grant.



Development of Primary Health Care Professionals
Don Richards, Associate Director for Career Technical Education, Kansas Board of Regents 

Physician Assistants
Sue Nyberg, MHS, PA-C, Program Director and Department Chair, Wichita State University Dept. of Physician Assistant 

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners
Liane Connelly,PhD, Chair and Professor of Nursing, Fort Hays State University Department of Nursing 

Heidi  Chumley, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, The University of Kansas School of Medicine

Daniel Lassley, Dental Workforce Program Manager, KDH&E, Bureau of Oral Health

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