WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- State and local governments face greater competition for talent even as the demand for specialized health and human services (HHS) jobs grows, according to a new report from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) and Kronos. The research includes examples of successful retention strategies and innovation, and it highlights the key drivers behind long-term HHS employment trends: the aging of the U.S population and cost constraints on government spending.
These findings are contained in a new report, Innovations in the Health and Human Services Workforce: State and Local Governments Prepare for the Future. This report was researched and written by SLGE's Elizabeth Kellar and Gerald Young, and it is released in collaboration with Kronos.
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One notable case highlighted in the research is the multi-agency team established in the Dayton, Ohio, region to tackle the opioid epidemic. The team, led by Montgomery County, Ohio, public health officials, includes Dayton community police officers, judges, hospital administrators, and leaders from the coroner's office, chamber of commerce, faith-based organizations, the nonprofit community, law enforcement and fire and emergency services from multiple jurisdictions. All of the partners recognized the need for a data-driven effort built on accurate, reliable data and analysis.
Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health publish monthly updates that demonstrate dramatic progress in reducing overdose deaths ? from a high of 566 in 2017 to 289 in 2018 ?with a continuing decline in 2019. Another benefit is that there has been little staff turnover; the leadership of the initiative has not changed since it launched in 2016.
These finding come as the U.S. Census Bureau anticipates an 18 percent growth in public and private healthcare occupations. While growth is greatest in lower-wage jobs such as home health aides, demand is also strong for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, mental health counselors, health care social workers, and other HHS careers that require considerable education and training.
To compete more effectively and combat the stress of HHS jobs, the report finds that leading organizations have adopted many of these strategies:
The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) helps local and state governments become knowledgeable and competitive employers so they can attract and retain a talented and committed workforce. SLGE identifies leading practices and conducts research on public retirement plans, health care benefits, workforce demographics and skill set needs, and labor force development. SLGE brings state and local leaders together with respected researchers. Access all SLGE publications and sign up for its newsletter at slge.org and follow @4govtexcellence on Twitter.
Kronos is a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. Kronos industry-centric workforce applications are purpose-built for businesses, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and government agencies of all sizes. Tens of thousands of organizations ? including half of the Fortune 1000® ? and more than 40 million people in over 100 countries use Kronos every day. Visit www.kronos.com.
SOURCE Center for State and Local Government Excellence
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