The forum will highlight factors contributing to the health-workforce shortage and explore potential solutions. Presenters and panelists will discuss ways to better support health-care providers, optimize use of resources and explore ways to sustain the current workers.
The forum will open with the presentation of the Gil Friedell Award, the annual winner of which is selected from among the foundation’s Healthy Kentucky Champion honorees.
The morning sessions will include a presentation from Kevin McAvey, director of Manatt Health Strategies, on “How States Are Investing in their Systems of Health to Meet the Needs of a Data-Driven Future.”
This will be followed by TED-talk-style presentation by Dr. Stephen Houghland, chief medical officer of the Kentucky Primary Care Association and Tiffany Taul Scruggs, patient-service outreach manager for Sterling Health and a certified community health worker.
Afternoon segments will offer choices of panel sessions.
“Finding Funding and Preparing the Pipeline” will address how rural health providers can pursue state funding to address the workforce shortage. It will also address how the next generation of providers is being strengthened. The panelists for this session are from area health education centers: David Gross, director of the northeast center; Michael Gayheart, the southeast director; Catherine Malin, south-central director; and Missy Stokes of Purchase AHEC.
The segment’s other session is “Streamlining the Process,” about licensing, accreditation and certification. This panel will focus on the importance of data sharing and making credentialing more manageable.
The afternoon’s second segment also offers two options.
“Closing the Gaps: Meeting the Needs of the Underserved,” will discuss policies and programs to get providers to work where they are needed most.
Panelists will be Matt Coleman, director of the Kentucky Office of Rural Health; Frances Feltner, director of the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health; state Rep. Ken Fleming, R-Louisville; Dr. Donald Neel of Louisville, a leading pediatrician; and Pam Sparks Stein, dean of the dental college being created at the University of Pikeville. The moderator for this session will be Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, a Morganfield dentist.
“Helping Providers Survive and Thrive” will focus on how workplace and community support can help beat the burnout for the healthcare workforce.
Panelists will be Charles Aull, executive director of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Center for Policy & Research; Delanor Manson, CEO of the Kentucky Nurses Association; and Eric Russ, executive director of the Kentucky Psychological Association. The moderator will be Tim Marcum, associate vice president of planning at Baptist Health.