Recruitment, Retention, and
Best Practices of Health Career Programs

The Pipeline Effect

Working Abstract:
To ensure that our healthcare system will be able to meet the increased demands of the growing and diverse population, educational institutions must increase the number and variety of skilled healthcare providers to address future challenges. Pipeline programs have been instrumental as vehicles to channel and increase the number of students pursing health professions, especially minority students. Less clearly understood are the programmatic characteristics of pipeline programs that effectively use recruitment and retention efforts to increase diversity of students seeking health degree programs.

The design utilizes a systematic review and survey analysis to evaluate the effects for pipeline programs funded between 2000-2010. To achieve this objective, I will scan and survey institutionally based pipeline programs that are part of a general vision to create and sustain a diverse healthcare workforce based on participation in HCOP funding mechanism. The strategy and action plan to reach this goal will include a systematic review, a survey analysis, and as assessment of best practice innovations.

Status: Closed for Collaborators

Developing a Diversity [Pipeline] Program Success Indicator: A Program-level Macro-evaluation

Working Abstract:
In this age of limited resources for education, pipeline programs targeted at increasing workforce diversity are feeling the pressure to show a positive return on investment. In health, pipeline programs have been instrumental in addressing nursing and primary care provider shortages, but current evaluation tools that compare success are too varied for wide use. In an attempt to design a specific success factor for pipeline program evaluators in public health, the researches realized the complexities of program evaluation standardization stretched farther than health industry. As a result, the project sets out to develop a robust measure that will capture these complexities across industries.

Currently there are four experts working together to describe the development and design of a study, which will develop a weighted index to assist in the evaluation of program impact. Programmatic variables will be tested along a set of impact dimensions for associations with financial, educational, and social success factors. For generalizability, the session will introduce an overarching construct that can be used to interpolate these specific industry indicators into a broader “learning cities” framework. The results may prove beneficial to evaluate cities or metropolitan areas on the impact that multi-industry pipeline programs have on broader workforce issues.

Status: Open for Collaborators