Monday, September 21, 2015

Geo Washington Univ starts health workforce policy institute

"A robust, trained workforce is an essential component of an effective healthcare system," says Fitzhugh Mullan, a professor of medicine and health policy at the Milliken Institute of Public Health, which along with five other GWU schools, will bring a multidisciplinary approach to health staffng.

Given last week's ignorant-sounding slams at nurses on ABC-TV's "The View," maybe some such efforts are in order.

The GWU effort is being billed as one of a kind.

Of course, the mission contains all the right themes--dialog, consensus, analysis, local and worldwide, etc.

Specifically, it will be trying to find solutions for gaps and shortages in specialties and certain geographical areas, migration and equity between have and have-not nations, worker abuse when personnel are recruited from other nations, the need for teamwork, impact of new technologies, and other issues.

A lot of people will be writing a lot of papers, I expect.

This is not to disparage this--I am a GWU alum (The Elliott School)--but I wonder what the impact will be beyond Congressional testimony and conferences.

We will find out.

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