The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions' (ENHP) Institute for Translational Research co-sponsored a comprehensive conference on Developing a Patient-centered Medical Home Workforce in Connecticut. The conference took place on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 in the Harry Jack Gray Conference Center.
Patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) require a workforce with enhanced skills in coordination and transitions of care, patient engagement, community outreach, team-based practice, chronic disease management, information technology, and quality improvement. This conference brought together those working in health care, policy-making, education, and community-based organizations to hear from patient-centered medical care experts from within and outside the state. The goal of the conference was to build concrete strategies for developing the workforce needed to transform health care delivery in Connecticut. Lead sponsor, The Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut and its parent organization, Connecticut Health Advancement and Research Trust (CHART) assembled a remarkable group of professionals to serve as panelists. (For a complete listing of conference speakers and panelists, see conference agenda.)
ENHP Associate Dean for Research and Community Kevin Ball welcomed conference participants. Connecticut Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman offered brief opening remarks followed Frances Padilla, president of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. Padilla introduced the keynote speaker Dr. Jeffrey Borkan, professor and chair of family medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Borkan posed and spoke to the question, "Workforce training for PCMH: What are we doing to equip the team?" The morning continued with two panel presentations. The first focused on workforce development challenges and solutions; the second demonstrated how to link a medical home to the community in which it resides. The afternoon panel identified private and public initiatives supporting the promotion of patient-centered workforce development.
brings her WCSU nursing students to conference.