Why HOPE? Why Now?
The United States currently faces a healthcare workforce shortage of more than 700,000 jobs nationwide. In addition to current openings, about 26% of UW Health’s current workforce is nearing retirement. The US has an aging population, and as life expectancy increases, we’ll have more and more people who need quality care as they age. Growing demand for care and an already-short supply make for a dramatic need for healthcare professionals: by 2025, it’s estimated that the US will face a shortage of 200,000 physicians, 500,000 nurses, and 400,000 allied health professionals.
HOPE was founded by Dr. Bridgett Willey in 2013 to help young people of all backgrounds learn about the wide variety of careers in healthcare and identify the many pathways available. Whether a student is interested in direct or indirect patient care, laboratory roles, or administration and support work, HOPE benefits students by giving them access to information and ongoing support as they pursue careers that can positively impact their lives and their communities.
Byron E. Bishop II
Archana (Chana) Huxley
What We Do
Career Pathways and HOPE has two main goals:
- First, to support UW Health by building and maintaining a long-term high-quality and diverse workforce pipeline;
- Second, to support underrepresented youth by developing accessible pathways into healthcare careers, including experiential learning, mentorship, and meaningful employment opportunities
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Assisting in the development of a UW Health workforce that is reflective of the patients and communities that we serve.
We partner with local community-based organizations and institutions to engage youth and adults, especially those whose identities are underrepresented in healthcare, in career-exploration and work-based learning programs. Our programming, which includes ongoing advising and meaningful work experiences, helps our audiences think about their interests, priorities, ideal futures, and career paths within healthcare. Our hope is that many of our “customers” will enter the field and work for UW Health.
In short, we seek to Find Them, Engage Them, Grow Them, and Hire Them.
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