We are proud to share the first report from the Healthcare Workforce Initiative (HWI). The Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) started formal work on this initiative in 2018 as a result of the HAH Strategic Plan, where it was identified as an industry priority, and as a result of a sector partnership collaboration with the University of Hawai‘i and the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.
This is a big challenge because of the period of sustained low unemployment we are experiencing. Employers across all industry segments are competing for workers. We believe that healthcare is a rewarding field that offers gainful employment across more than 200 different professions.
We are collaborating more closely with our schools and post-secondary educational institutions across the state to better align their programs, certificates, and degrees with the needs of healthcare providers across the continuum of care.
This report highlights the work that has been done over the past year, and how these efforts are already yielding promising results. Having sufficient workers with the right skills across multiple healthcare professions is a challenge that will remain with us for a long time to come.