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UW Health earns “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation

 One of only 302 designated nationwide WASHINGTON – UW Health has been designated a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. The designation was reported in the 10th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), reflecting on a decade of progress in LGBTQ healthcare. Only 302 health care facilities earned the designation. A record 590 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2017 survey. The HRC Foundation also proactively researched key policies at more than 900 non-participating hospitals. “UW Health is committed to be a national leader in diversity and inclusion,” said UW Health CEO Dr. Alan Kaplan.  “I’m happy to say that our organization has met the standards for this honor for several years, even as those standards have become more stringent.” “All three UW Health locations were granted leader status,” said Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, chief diversity officer for UW Health.  “We are honored by the recognition. We strive every day to provide inclusive care for our LGBTQ patients & families.” The 10th edition of the HEI implements new criteria that raise the bar on what it takes to earn HRC’s “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation. For the first time, HEI participants are given scores in four criteria that represent how many policies and best...

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More than 400 physicians, medical students participate in Doctor Day 2017 at State Capitol

Madison, Wis.—Doctor Day 2017 brought more than 400 physicians and medical students from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs today. Key issues included the Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education [HOPE] bills currently part of a special session of the state legislature, the potential for fundamental changes to the Medicaid program and promoting greater access to mental and behavioral health services. A partnership among the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) and other key physician groups and physician-led organizations, Doctor Day provides a unique opportunity for physicians to come together to advocate on behalf of patients and the medical profession. “This is the fourth year physicians across all specialties and organizations have joined together on Doctor Day, and it’s gratifying to see medicine unite on issues important to our patients and the profession,” said Society President Barbara Hummel, MD. “We’ve had more participants every year, which shows both the importance of current health care issues and the dedication physicians have to share the latest facts and data with policymakers. Doctor Day allows physicians across the profession to collaborate no matter where they work, and in that spirit our desire is to include our state government policymakers in that collaboration.” In addition to visits with legislators, participants had the opportunity to hear from Wisconsin Medicaid Director Michael Heifetz and State Representatives Kathy Bernier and Debra Kolste. Today’s...

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Ozaukee continues to be healthiest county in state

Ozaukee County is still ranked as the healthiest county in the state, while Menominee County is the least healthy, according to an annual report from the The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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WHA statement on Walker’s healthcare training grants

Walker Administration Announces Health Care Training Grants WHA Applauds Focus on Expanding the Health Care Workforce Attribute this statement to WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s announcement of an additional $3 million in Fast Forward grants for health care organizations: “Wisconsin hospitals depend on a skilled workforce to continue delivering some of the highest quality health care in the country. Health care professionals in technical positions, like those being targeted in today’s Fast Forward grant announcement, are critical members of a patient’s care team. These positions are facing significant shortages in Wisconsin hospitals and are experiencing higher turnover rates than most other health care professions. Wisconsin’s ability to continue to deliver high-quality health care is not only important to our patients, it is also a significant factor in a business owner’s decision to relocate or expand in our state. High-quality, high-value health care is an economic development asset in our local communities. WHA members’ ability to hire and retain a skilled workforce is essential to the continued success of our health care delivery system. WHA applauds the Governor’s announcement today and encourages him to continue making investments in Wisconsin’s health care workforce. The state has a vested interest in ensuring that health care organizations are able to meet the health care needs of Wisconsin families and...

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Governor Walker announces Fast Forward worker training grants covering healthcare

Altoona – Governor Scott Walker joined Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen at Grace Lutheran Communities – River Pines today to launch the application period for up to $3 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) worker training grants for health science, health care, and related occupations. “Targeted investments in training for new and existing health care workers will develop the highly-skilled, dependable workforce Wisconsin is known for,” Governor Walker said. “Developing our workforce to deliver high-quality care throughout the state is very important as this sector continues to be a leader in Wisconsin’s economy and nationally.” In February 2017, 397,600 people were employed in health care in Wisconsin. Since December 2010, 38,900 new Wisconsin health care jobs have been created. Hospitals throughout the state employ over 107,000 individuals. The DWD Office of Skills Development (OSD) set the Health Science, Health Care and Related Occupations Grant Program Announcement (GPA) based on a comprehensive analysis of pressing workforce needs that included skilled worker labor market employment projections and the immediate worker training needs of employers. “Current vacancy rates for health care employees, combined with expected growth in the sector make the availability of these grants imperative,” said Secretary Allen.  “The Wisconsin Fast Forward program will produce health care job candidates who have the skills that are in demand by employers today and into the future.” Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Fast...

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