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November 16, 2023

NC Health Talent Alliance

Piedmont AHEC Launches Talent Pipeline Management 

GREENSBORO — In response to the growing gap between job demand and talent supply the healthcare industry is experiencing, public and private institutions have aligned in a landmark partnership determined to address the pressing nature of the issue. NC AHEC has joined forces with the NC Center on the Workforce for Health, NCIOM, Sheps Center, and the NC Chamber Foundation to implement a strategic plan designed to create a robust and sustainable generation of healthcare professionals. Through the partnership, an initiative known as the NC Health Talent Alliance was launched in an effort to address the critical needs in the healthcare sector. The AHEC mission, “to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthier North Carolina,” aligned with the mission of the initiative and provided the structure needed to deploy solutions regionally.

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Piedmont AHEC is one of the regional AHECs across the state participating in the NC Health Talent Alliance and will focus on Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Montgomery, Orange, Randolph, and Rockingham counties. In July, Piedmont AHEC hired the first person in the state dedicated to the initiative. Dana Millikan joined the team as the Regional TPM Manager and is collaborating with state and regional partners to help remedy the challenges currently threatening the strength of North Carolina’s healthcare sector. With her extensive background in healthcare and project management, Dana will guide employers and education partners through the proven process of TPM.

TPM® (Talent Pipeline Management) is a framework developed by the US Chamber, and it focuses on forming employer-led “collaboratives” that use their regional demand data to form solutions with talent providers. The process encompasses identifying and clearly communicating workforce needs, aggregating demand-driven critical job data, fostering strong partnerships between employers and educators, and employing a robust methodology to ensure alignment and action between all parties involved. Ultimately, the result of this long-term effort culminates in employers receiving a higher volume of quality talent, learners securing access to well-paying careers, and strong relationships with educators.

Piedmont AHEC is excited to join the NC Health Talent Alliance and facilitate the creation of long-term solutions that address workforce shortages within North Carolina’s healthcare sector. Most importantly, the results of this initiative will exemplify the overall mission of the NC AHEC by developing and supporting the workforce to create a healthier North Carolina. Within the next 18 months, the NC Health Talent Alliance will create at least four formalized pilot programs in different regions across the state and within three years the partnership will expand across the entire state. Learn more about the initiative through the May 2023 press release and the TPM one-pager on the NC Chamber website.

November 30, 2023

Old North State Medical Society

133rd Annual Meeting: Lift Every Voice ... For Health Equity

GREENSBORO—The Old North State Medical Society (ONSMS) is one of the oldest medical societies for African American Physicians in the United States. Each year, the society hosts a Fall Scientific Meeting where healthcare professionals can gather and explore pressing issues at the forefront of the industry. This year, in collaboration with Piedmont AHEC, marks the Old North State Medical Society’s 133rd annual conference. This year’s event focused on “Advancing Healthcare Equity and Knowledge” to address disparities in healthcare access and outcomes while sharing the latest advancements in the field.

The 2023 Fall Scientific Meeting aimed to address disparities in healthcare access and outcomes while sharing the latest advancements in the field. The 2-day event brought together physicians, physician assistants, nurses, government officials, community health advocates, and community program leaders committed to a health enhancement agenda. This year's program aimed to provide updates regarding significant advances and findings in treating disease and standards of care. Furthermore, it provides models for practice effectiveness and efficiency that ensure adherence to government regulations and positive outcomes for patients.

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Ibram X. Kendi, author of five straight #1 New York Times bestsellers, was the keynote speaker for this year’s conference. An American author, professor, and historian of race and discriminatory policy in America, Kendi was included in Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2020. His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers’ and audiences’ eyes to the reality of racism in America today.

Formed in 1887 to further the interests of African American physicians, the ONSMS continues to support the interests of minority physicians. The society focuses on educating and advocating for the most vulnerable patients and people residing in communities that consistently produce poorer health outcomes. ONSMS protects the quality of patient care in all North Carolina communities. The mission of the society is succinctly expressed by the ONSMS’s President, Brian Shackleford, MD, “We will work relentlessly to combat the numerous health inequities found in disparate communities in North Carolina. We are stronger as a sum!”

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