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TASK 1: CONVENE ADVISORY GROUP

Advisory group membership consisted of the State Office of Rural Health Directors from each of the six New England States or their designees and the Executive Director of the New England Rural Health RoundTable. These individuals included:

Denis Barton, VT
Barbara Berger, CT
Susan Carll, NH
Elizabeth Cote, VT
Charles Dwyer, ME
Carla Lundquist, RI
Tammy Mackenzie, VT
Cathleen McElligott, MA
Marion Pawlek, NERHRT

The purpose of the Advisory group, which was convened every 2-3 weeks throughout the project duration, was to provide overall input to the project scope, identify key stakeholders for surveys, interviews and invitation to the day long meeting, review and approve materials (including all data collection materials), review preliminary findings and shape and finalize the content for the day long strategic planning meeting.

TASK 2: PERFORM LITERATURE REVIEW/SECONDARY SOURCE REVIEW

A review of existing healthcare workforce planning materials from New England states as well as comparable states (such as OR, ND etc.) was completed. The information gathered through this process helped define the parameters of the overall project as well as provided inputs into the development of the survey tool and key informant interview tool. In addition, through the survey process, additional workforce reports were identified. View List of Materials (PDF/94KB) used through the development of this plan.

TASK 3: DATA COLLECTION

Based upon the literature and secondary source review a survey was developed to collect information on existing state healthcare workforce activities as well as to collect information regarding stakeholder priority professions, settings and workforce recruitment, retention and development activities.

In addition, the survey tool was used as a guide to interview stakeholders regarding their activities and priorities for a regional effort. Interviews provided an in depth understanding of stakeholder priorities and allowed the interviewer to prompt and clarify stakeholder responses. Each of the State Offices of Rural Health provided a list of key stakeholders to be interviewed and/or requested to fill out the survey. Of the 75 stakeholders recommended, which included the State Offices of Rural Health Directors, 60 of them or 80% either filled out the survey or participated in an interview.

These stakeholders who were surveyed or interviewed often had a dual role representing the organization as well as being a healthcare professional (such as physicians, nurses, etc). The results of the surveys and interviews provided direct input to the format of the day long, in person strategic planning meeting.

TASK 4: STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING

Held July 22, 2008 in Portsmouth, NH, the day long strategic planning session consisted of two phases. In the morning attendees were oriented to healthcare workforce issues, from a national perspective, by Tim Skinner Executive Director of the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet). Immediately following Mr. Skinner the attendees were provided an overview of the survey and interview findings and were broken into small groups to identify the priority thematic areas which would form the basis for strategic planning in the afternoon session. View Power Point Presentation (PPT/1.12MB) of the strategic planning session overview.

TASK 5: DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS AND NEXT STEPS

Throughout the data collection, priority setting and strategic planning process recommendations for action were developed. Each of the State Offices of Rural Health and the New England Rural Health RoundTable plan to convene at the commencement of the project to determine the necessary actions and activities to move forward on recommendations set forth in this document. The workplan to accomplish recommendations was completed in the fall of 2008.
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