H-CAP – An Introduction
The Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) is a national labor/management organization that promotes innovation and quality in healthcare career education. Its board includes Service Employees International Union (SEIU) locals and healthcare employers across all sectors of healthcare. Participating employers include: Kaiser Permanente, the NY League of Voluntary Hospitals and Nursing Homes, Swedish Medical Center, Kaleida Health, University of Washington, Valley Medical Center, University of Rochester – Strong Memorial Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital, HealthPartners Minnesota, Boston Medical Center, Steward Health, Crouse Hospital, University of Miami Hospital, Multicare Health System, Golden Living, Loretto Health and Rehabilitation Center, Centene Corporation, and more.
While working with union and employer partners to meet personnel needs in current and emerging healthcare occupations, H-CAP provides an opportunity to share best practices in workforce development and planning, align healthcare professional education with industry needs, address changes in healthcare technology and their workforce implications, and develop programs that combine career advancement with quality outcomes. H-CAP is working with its partners to transform healthcare workforce education policies and practices to better meet the need for quality care and critically thinking personnel in a dynamic and changing industry. Furthermore, through our growing sector partnership, we are reaching out to federal and state agencies to learn about and affect healthcare policy in ways that support our industry and its workforce.
H-CAP also works with joint labor/management training funds and organizations that implement local workforce, career ladder, and educational programs. In 2014, we launched the H-CAP Education Association, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization to support staff development, shared curricula, program ideas, and successful practices among the more than 14 different regional and industry based funds in the acute, ambulatory, long term and home care sectors.
Principles for action:
- Industry (labor and management) approaches to healthcare workforce development
- Building healthcare apprenticeships as a viable and sustainable method of training and certification in the interests of both employers and unions
- Connecting quality training, quality jobs, and quality care
- Respect for the knowledge and skill of the experienced healthcare worker
- Credit for prior learning and maximum articulation of prior post secondary credits and certificate programs
- Competency based approaches to training and career ladders
- A commitment to increasing the diversity and cultural competence of the healthcare professional workforce
- Accessibility of programs for the incumbent worker – integrating online, distance learning, and independent study
- Integrated (basic skills, language, and workforce training) career ladder education
- Worker retention as a workforce and economic issue
For more information, contact Daniel Bustillo, H-CAP Director, at 646-315-3573 or Daniel.Bustillo@1199funds.org