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About the Healthcare Workforce Training Institute

The Institute is addressing the healthcare workforce shortage.

It is no secret that while our aging population is ever-growing, our direct care workforce is not on pace to keep up with the demand for care. According to the Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis 2021 Report produced by a coalition of provider associations:

  • 40% of long-term care providers reported staff vacancy rates over 30%
  • There are 23,165 vacant caregiver positions in Wisconsin care facilities, up from 16,500 in 2018.
  • 43% of Wisconsin providers are limiting admissions of residents/patients because of staffing vacancies
  • The percentage of people in Wisconsin age 85 and older is projected to increase 112% in the next 20 years.

Mission: Increase and advance the healthcare workforce in Northwest Wisconsin through quality, accessible certifications and trainings.

Vision: A well-trained, readily available workforce will meet the demand for care across the healthcare continuum in Northwest Wisconsin and beyond.

Guided by its mission to support programs and initiatives that aim to enhance the lives of seniors, the Dove Healthcare Community Foundation board approved healthcare workforce advancement as a priority initiative and formally established the Healthcare Workforce Training Institute in late 2021. The Institute aims to increase the number of quality healthcare workers by taking an active, hands-on approach to help train and advance the next generation of caregivers.

Our trained instructors teach the following classes year-round in multiple communities, including Bloomer, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Osseo, and Rice Lake.

Focus 2022

Seeking Grants / Donations / Investors | Hiring Instructors | Expanding Class Offerings | Implementing Hybrid Learning

In order for the Institute to advance its mission, it is imperative to hire more instructors, expand class offerings, as well as implement hybrid learning. The hybrid approach will combine face-to-face in-person learning and online teaching into one cohesive experience. Thus, the Institute is working to secure grants, donations, and contracts with other entities to provide additional educational opportunities to assist individuals in meeting their healthcare career goals.

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