Central Oregon could do more to serve the needs of its community members, but what can we do to change that? While increasing the number of providers is important, it is equally important to ensure that our workforce best represents the community we serve. There a few strategies one can take on in order to improve workforce diversity here in Central Oregon. Start by recruiting, training and retaining racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse individuals. Continue to encourage the use of interpreters, translators, and bilingual staff to provide services in languages other than English and encourage financing and reimbursement for health interpreting services. Lastly, promote the availability of cultural competency training that is sensitive to the cultural and language variations of our diverse communities. Whether one's actions are big or small, any action is important in helping us move our health care workforce forward. Below are some links to organizational self-assessments.
There are numerous benefits to self-assessments. Such processes can lead to the development of a strategic organizational plan with clearly defined short-term and long-term goals, measurable objectives, identified fiscal and personnel resources, and enhanced consumer and community partnerships... Read More →
Accreditation Standards for Workforce Development
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Standards have placed added emphasis on workforce development. Domain 8 requires agencies to maintain a competent public health workforce... Read More →