Demand Driven Strategies for Business & Workforce

Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund (HCWTF)

 

Overview

The Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund supports training programs that address workforce skill needs identified by health care providers as they work to improve patient care and reduce costs. Commonwealth Corporation administers this fund on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Commonwealth Corporation has a history of proven success with health care workforce development strategies. We are charged with designing initiatives and providing technical assistance to grantees to ensure that programs supported by the HCWTF meet the workforce needs of Massachusetts’ health care providers.

HCWTF Planning Grants were awarded to 51 organizations across the state. They allowed grantees to assess how to prepare health care workers for the careers of the 21st century economy. The Planning Grants took place between February and July 2014.

  • Download the final summary listing of the Planning Grants (updated December 2014).
  • We’ve published a brief summarizing key findings and trends discovered through our Planning Grantees. Click here to read.

Grantees created additional resources which shed light on various aspects of the health care workforce:

Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Training Grants awarded to 59 organizations across the state will help train health care providers to improve patient service and reduce health care costs.

  • Download the summary of the 59 grantee projects and final outcomes.
  • Download the press release from the December 10, 2014 announcement.
  • Download the summary of six partnerships funded to design new or enhanced programs and implement training activity to support chronically unemployed adults to prepare for health care careers.

Resources

  • HWCTF Annual Report to Legislature

    This report provides information about the status of initiatives that have been supported by the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund (the Fund) as of the end of calendar year 2016. Part One outlines the Fund’s priorities and provides information on the structure for providing Fund oversight and program management. Part Two provides updated information about Training grants. Part Three provides information about a grant to the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative/Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI). Part Four provides information about the status of initiatives managed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Part Five briefly describes the Health Professions Data Series.
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  • HWCTF Annual Report to Legislature, Addenda to 2016 Report

    The Addenda include data, presentations, meeting notes, etc. on fund activity through September 2016.
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  • The Changing Role of Medical Assistants – Panel Presentations

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    Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Case Study – Fellowship Health Resources

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  • Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Case Study – Centrus

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  • Health Care Workforce Brief

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  • Occupational Gap Analysis Report, Regional Employment Board, Hampden County

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  • Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Advisory Board Members
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  • May 18, 2017: Advisory Board Meeting materials

    This meeting provided an opportunity for two of our grantees to share their perspectives on the current workforce needs of the Home Care Industry in Massachusetts. The Home Care Aide Council and the Center for Community Health, Education Research and Service (CCHERS) shared an overview of their grant-supported training projects. CCHERS provides a pipeline approach to train and support adults interested in pursuing home care aide jobs. The Home Care Aide Council offers clinical skills and supervisory training to incumbent staff at home care businesses across the state.
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  • November 29, 2016: Advisory Board Meeting materials

    This meeting provided an opportunity for two of our grantees to share their experiences delivering Motivational Interviewing training to their staffs. Boston Health Care for the Homeless and New England Quality Care Alliance provided an overview of this important communication strategy and shared detailed information on how each of their organizations is utilizing motivational interviewing to help improve patient engagement and quality of care.
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  • May 16, 2016: Advisory Board Meeting materials

    This meeting continued the conversation on measuring business impact – Commonwealth Corporation’s approach and how we are monitoring outcomes and collecting data from grantees. In addition, one of the Training Grantees (Beth Israel Hospital, Milton) gave an overview of their project, which focuses on giving incumbent CNAs advanced skills in geriatrics and coordinated care. Their project also includes the corporation of geriatric training for CNA students through their local Vocational-Technical school.
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  • All Advisory Board Meeting materials from 2015

    A compilation of all the advisory board meeting materials from 2015. This includes several presentations: one from the MA e-Health Institute, one from Care Dimensions with an overview of their project the importance of identifying and measuring business impact, an overview of Accountable Care and the needs, strategies and trends in Behavioral Health Integration from the Health Policy Commission, and Behavioral Health Network gave an overview of their project focused on integration of care.
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  • All Advisory Board Meeting materials from 2014

    A compilation of all the advisory board meeting materials from 2014. This includes presentations from four Planning grantees (VNA Care Network Foundation, Brockton Hospital/Signature Health, Community Healthlink, and 1199SEIU) on their grant activities and outcomes as well as two presentations from Department of Public Health: one on the roles of Community Health Workers and the efforts towards certification, and another on the Health Professions Data Series.
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  • All Advisory Board Meeting materials from 2013

    A compilation of all the advisory board meeting materials from 2013. Includes presentations from the Health Policy Commission, Department of Public Health, and the MA e-Health Institute funding and grant activities.
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Events

  • HCWTF Advisory Board Meeting

    Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Advisory Board Meeting
    Wednesday December 13, 2017
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Commonwealth Corporation
    2 Oliver St, 5th Floor
    Boston, MA,

  • Tech-Based Training for Health Care Workers on the Move

    Where: Partners HealthCare, West Building, 1st Floor, 399 Revolution Drive, Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145
    When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Time: 9:00am-11:00am

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    To deliver quality care in the most efficient manner, health care workers must continuously refresh their technical expertise, or learn new skills that lead to academic or professional credentials for career advancement. Employers are challenged to provide training access to a 24/7 workforce that is delivering patient care in hospital, office, and community settings. This panel presentation will highlight technological strategies and tools three health care employers are using to deliver skills training and professional development in the field and around the clock. They utilized Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund (HCWTF) grants for these projects.

    MJ Ryan, Partners HealthCare: Funding from the grant allowed Partners to collaborate with College for America on a competency-based online health care certificate which was then delivered to a cohort of front line community health center and outpatient staff.

    Susan Lysaght Hurley, Care Dimensions: The hospice service utilizes technology to orient and train clinicians and provides refresher skills training to staff via videos accessible on cell phones.

    Judith Arneson, Partners at Home/Partners Home Care: Partners will share how they utilize technology tools to  provide training and professional development to home care staff. They used grant funds to develop and test 5 interactive videos on palliative care.