STATEWIDE COMMISSION ON THE SHORTAGE IN THE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE

Chair: Mark Townend, designee of Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene

Appointed by Senate President: Andrew P. Harris

Appointed by House Speaker: Karen S. Montgomery

Appointed by Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene: Eileen Carreras-Arnold; R. Terence Farrell; Suzanne Gilbert; Barbara R. Heller, Ed.D.; Robert Jepson; Miguel McInnis; Deborah Rowe; Rhonda Wallace; Christine Walti.

Appointed by Chancellor, University System of Maryland: Malinda B. Orlin, Ph.D.

Representative of Maryland Independent College & University Association: Kathleen White, Ph.D.

Representative of Maryland Association of Community Colleges: Robert Young, Ed.D.

Ex officio: W. Miles Cole, designee of Secretary of Business & Economic Development; Anne Walker, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Dean Kendall, designee of Secretary of Higher Education; Carlessia A. Hussein, Dr. P.H., Director, Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities, Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene; Colleen K. Parrott, designee of Executive Director, Rural Maryland Council; Catherine M. Crowley, Ed.D., designee of President, Maryland Hospital Association.

Staff: Antoinette W. Coward

c/o Office of Health Policy & Planning
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2399
(410) 767-5602; 1-877-463-3464 (toll free, Maryland)
e-mail: cowarda@dhmh.state.md.us
fax: (410) 333-7501

In July 2006, the Statewide Commission on the Shortage in the Health Care Workforce was created (Chapter 379, Acts of 2006).

The Commission was to determine the extent of the shortage of health care workers in Maryland. In so doing, it evaluated mechanisms to enhance the education, recruitment, and retention of such workers. The Commission considered ways to increase student enrollment and graduation rates at institutions of higher education that offer educational programs in the fields of health care. Incentives to enter the health professions and retain health care workers also were considered. Moreover, the Commission was to identify methods by which to recruit minorities, high school students, and those committed to working in rural and underserved areas.

To encourage people to enter the field of health care, the Commission examined what changes should be made to present educational and scholarship programs, and their funding mechanisms.

Authorization for the Commission expired June 30, 2008.

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