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Southwest Michigan Healthcare Consortium

Michigan Works! Southwest (Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo & St. Joseph counties)

Michigan Works!

Healthcare Industry

Organizations Involved

Occupations Impacted

Healthcare, general

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers AND improving the quality of healthcare workforce AND healthcare workforce retention

Workforce Issue Addressed

Attracting and training individuals to work in a healthcare profession; increasing the training available to current healthcare professionals; any activity or implement that addresses reducing healthcare professional turnover


The Southwest Michigan Healthcare Consortium is a group of education, employment and community partners that are working to address healthcare worker shortages, skill shortages, training mismatches, and employee recruitment and retention shortages in the geographic area. To tackle these workforce issues, the Consortium is planning and holding career fairs to meet healthcare employers' staffing needs, conducting periodic needs surveys, sharing best practices, and developing / maintaining a database of current healthcare providers in the area. The Consortium is affiliated with Michigan Works! Southwest.

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