Michigan hospital and education leaders joined forces June 8 to highlight the current state of Michigan’s healthcare workforce shortage and launch a campaign to expand interest in health careers in Michigan. The goal of the new Mi Hospital Careers campaign aims to ensure students in high school and college know about those opportunities, as well as working professionals looking for a rewarding career. Without addressing the existing healthcare workforce shortage, Michigan residents risk losing access to quality, accessible healthcare services within their local community.
Member hospitals and health systems, as well as other stakeholders, are encouraged to use the Partner Toolkit on the campaign website to help raise awareness about the benefits of working in healthcare and about the range of career pathways and training/education/financial support mechanisms available.
While many are aware of the shortage of physicians and nurses, high demand exists for non-clinical roles as well, with more than 27,000 total open positions at hospitals across the state. Within the next five years, the U.S. faces a projected shortage of more than 3.2 million lower-wage healthcare workers such as medical assistants, home health aides and nursing assistants, according to a Mercer report.
The campaign launched Monday, June 12. Residents can visit mihospitalcareers.com where they can learn more about the career paths available in healthcare and the different training programs and scholarships available across Michigan.
The MHA received media coverage from outlets including Crain’s Grand Rapids, Michigan Advance, Becker’s Hospital Review, Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, Lansing City Pulse, WOOD TV, WNEM-TV, WILX News 10, WJR Newsradio 760, Gongwer, MIRS and HealthLeaders Media.
Members with questions may contact Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.