Panel Tackles Workforce Shortages

Learn what's being done to confront the healthcare workforce shortages at the breakfast forum sponsored by Oregon Health Forum.
Oregon faces a serious workforce shortage. In the next few years, 20 percent of physicians intend to retire, as do many other healthcare workers. 

Oregon Health Forum will take a serious look at the workforce shortages facing the healthcare industry hosting a panel of legislators, hospital leaders and academicians on Thursday, March 22.

The event gets underway with a breakfast buffet at 7 a.m . followed by a panel discussion that wraps up at 9 a.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon in Portland. A free parking lot is adjacent.

Are legislators willing to invest resources to recruit new professionals and retain the state's current providers? Is a team-based approach to delivering medicine the way to go? What role should academic institutions play? How does industry fit in? And is enough attention being focused on under-served populations in both urban and rural settings?

Panelists include:

  • Ann Barr-Gillespie, PhD, DPT, Vice Provost and Executive Dean, Pacific University for the College of Health Professions
  • Jana Britton, MPA, Executive Director, Oregon Center for Nursing
  • Lesley Ogden, MD, FACEP, CEO, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital
  • Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, MD (D-District 17)
  • Robert Duehmig, Deputy Director, Oregon Office of Rural Health, OHSU, will moderate.

If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Diane Lund-Muzikant at [email protected].

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