Center calls for national approach to workforce planning

The Bipartisan Policy Center in February called for a national planning strategy to address future demand for health care workers. "Fragmented and inconsistent data collection, variance in methodological assumptions and rigor, mistrust between professional groups, and wide differences in regulatory and educational context contribute to an incomplete understanding of workforce supply and demand," the center concludes. In a separate report, the center suggests a more integrated approach to projecting demand for health care workers. The report also recommends that Congress allocate funding to the National Health Care Workforce Commission and increase funding for the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. Visit www.bipartisanpolicy.org.

Program develops diversity professionals' leadership skills

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management and Georgetown University present a certificate in diversity management in health care (CDM) program designed to help diversity professionals develop leadership competencies needed to bring about change in their organizations and communities. The 12-month program, which includes online classes and two on-site learning forums taught by hospital-based diversity practitioners, provides strategies to promote a culturally competent workforce, enhance language services and decrease disparities. Visit http://www.diversityconnection.org.

20 Ohio hospital staffs boost hand hygiene compliance

A two-year initiative by the Ohio Hospital Association's Central Ohio Hospital Quality Collaborative improved hand-hygiene compliance across 20 hospitals from a rate of 29 percent in August 2010 to 86 percent in November 2012. The collaborative and the Central Ohio Hospital Council, helped hospitals to assess staff and provided immediate feedback, including recommendations for redesigning policies and offering better educational training opportunities. A detailed report is available at 'Scrub Up!'.