A unique, innovative feature of the HealthCARE Montana grant is the opportunity for healthcare employers to vocalize their employment needs to the involved educators.  Workforce Coordinators located in each Montana AHEC regions utilize several methods to gather employer response on workforce topics and to provide feedback to the Curriculum Committees who are shaping new curricula that will better meet current health care employment needs.


The Workforce Coordinators conducted 125 assessments of a variety of health care employers in the state including Critical Access Hospitals, Prospective Payment Hospitals, Clinics, Long Term Care facilities, the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Indian Health Service Hospitals, Home Health services, Mental Health programs, and Assisted Living centers.  While not scientifically rigorous, these assessments produced a comprehensive set of overarching themes that describe the current Montana healthcare workforce situation.

Link to the Initial Assessment Summary

Link to the Assessment Summary Presentation to the Montana Healthcare Workforce Advisory Council in August 2015.

Link to Department of Labor & Industry's "Montana Economy at a Glance" article - CLICK HERE

Link to Department of Labor & Industry's "State of Montana - 2016 Labor Day Report" - CLICK HERE


Each Workforce Coordinator has a regional Employer Advisory Council that provides frontline views to grant-related work as well as other workforce related issues.  Most of this communication is done in the form of a “Rapid Response” process described in the graphic below.  The Rapid Response process is also used for industry stakeholder communication with employers.  Some Rapid Response questionnaires are developed based on issues described in the initial assessment that require further exploration. 

Click on the link below to view what employer’s had to say about the following ‘Rapid Response’ health care workforce topics.

Check back for future Rapid Response reports.


In addition to the Rapid Response process, topics that require closer examination are researched using a “Deep Dive” approach which, as the name implies, is more exploratory and detailed than the Rapid Response. 

Click on the link below to view what employer’s had to say about the following ‘Deep Dive’ health care workforce topics as well as a comprehensive exploration of PN and RN clinical site and soft skill challenges.