This assembly examined rural workforce demand and supply, talent recruitment, a medical assistant apprenticeship model in Washington state, and community health worker models. Leaders and staff from health systems, clinics, workforce training and funding programs, and educational institutions participated in this learning and networking opportunity.

Download the presentation slides and watch the event recording.

The agenda included:

Opening remarks: Steven Johnson, President, UPMC Susquehanna

Rural Health Workforce Recruitment, Apprenticeships, and Community Health Models

  • Alyssa Burgess, Workforce Development Coordinator, Washington Association for Community Health
  • Lisa Anne Davis, Director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
  • Sarice Greenstein, Assistant Director for Training and Development, Penn Center for Community Health Workers
  • Micah Gursky, Rural Health Clinic Administrator and Director of Business Development & Physician Relations, St. Luke’s Miners Rural Health Clinics

Small group breakout discussion: Attendees discussed the panel presentations, including opportunities and challenges for local implementation, in groups of roughly eight.

Full assembly report back: One attendee from each breakout group reported back on their conversation to the full assembly with group discussion to follow.

Networking lunch (optional): Attendees were encouraged to bring lunch and network with other attendees after the event concludes.

The series is cohosted by the Philadelphia Fed's Community Development and Regional Outreach Department, Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development, and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.