MissionThe core mission of the Center for Health Workforce Development, which was founded in2002, is to assist health care professionals, educators, the health care industry, and publicpolicy makers in anticipating and effectively responding to the challenges of recruiting,educating, managing, and retaining an evolving health workforce in order to promote thesafety, quality, and accessibility of health care in an era of cost containment.Strategic Initiatives
Document shortage areas and other major health workforce challenges in Marylandand the region by conducting and reporting research related to workforce recruitment,retention, distribution, and utilization;
In partnership with the health care industry and government agencies, developinterventions aimed at resolving workforce and workplace issues;
Strengthen and institutionalize interdisciplinary education, community-based learning,and regional cooperation among educational institutions;
Help inform and shape public policy as it relates to health workforce development;
Develop innovative strategies to promote health professions careers and increase thediversity of the workforce.Executive DirectorBarbara R. Heller, Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., is Executive Director, Center for HealthWorkforce Development, and Rauschenbach Distinguished Professor of Nursing. Dr. Hellerserved as dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, 1990-2002. She is anational leader in health workforce policy and education and envisions the Center as adynamic resource that is quick to respond to the challenges facing all health careprofessions. For further information, please contact the Center at 410-706-1146.