Common Ground Health, in partnership with Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS), and the Central and Western NY Area Health Education Centers, is assessing the skills and training needs of the health care workforce. The Health Care Workforce Survey is now live and will be open for the rest of November.
We are seeking input from a broad range of health care partners across 27 counties. Responses to this survey are confidential and can not be traced back to the respondent or organization.
Community Services: Social and Human Services Assistants and Child, Family and School Social Workers
A preliminary analysis of NYS American Community Survey data for HHA, CNA and RN suggests diversity is strongest in workers over the age of 34 for CNA and HHA. Of the three, RNs show the least diversity state-wide.
A review of training programs across the region and opportunities for creating a more diverse workforce are under review.
Monroe County has committed $550,000 in CARES Act funding to train, educate and provide students with the qualifications to become NYS Certified. This includes students enrolled in Certified Nurse Assistant Training and Development, Home Health Aide programs, and pathways to Licensed Practical Nursing.
The goal is to provide more health care workers for hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory centers and for at-home patients while also providing unemployed or underemployed residents with job opportunities.
Workforce Consortium meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending future meetings, please email Olivia Linden.
Virtual mental health first aid trainings
United Way of Greater Rochester is offering two virtual mental health first aid trainings in January. Training sessions are limited to 20 participants.
Youth Mental Health First Aid - January 11 and 12; 1:00-3:30 PM - This 7-hour certificate course teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge, or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.
Adult Mental Health First Aid - January 25 and 26; 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - This 8-hour certificate course teaches adults how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in adults. The training gives participants the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. This course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem.