2023 Healthcare Workforce Summit

2023 Healthcare Workforce Summit logo

The Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and partners hosted a hybrid summit on Oct. 26 to address workforce shortages across Colorado’s healthcare industry.

A 2021 analysis from Mercer found that Colorado will be facing a shortage of 54,000 entry and mid-level healthcare workers and more than 10,000 registered nurses in Colorado by 2026. As organizations seek to address these shortages, it is necessary to develop a cohesive statewide plan that builds on Colorado’s strengths and addresses ongoing matters of policy and practice that create persistent barriers to addressing workforce shortages.


8:30 a.m. - Check-in begins for in-person attendees

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. - Opening
Speaker: Renise Walker, Colorado Workforce Development Council

9:10 - 9:45 a.m. - Mapping Exercise

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Employer Panel: Workforce issues across the industry
Speakers: Edwin Bautista, Maria Droste Counseling Center; Heather Johnson, Department of Health Care Policy and Financing; Indira Gujral, Boulder County Public Health Department; Angela Werner - San Luis Valley Health

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. - Panel: Innovative solutions and community partnerships
Speakers: Jaime Pearson, CommonSpirit Health; Phoebe Stalker, Banner Health; Ingrid Johnson, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence

Noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch Break

1:05 - 1:35 p.m. - Spotlight: Collaboration Put To Action
Speaker: Ashley Maestas, The Attainment Network

1:35 - 1:45 p.m. - Spotlight: Education Landscape
Speaker: Mike Macklin, Colorado Community College System

1:50 - 3:00 p.m. - Solution Building Exercise & Discussion 

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Closing
Speakers: Rich Bottner, Colorado Hospital Association; Bobbie Wolfe, Colorado Workforce Development Council

When: Oct. 26, 2023 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: In-person at the Pueblo Convention Center, or virtually on Zoom

Who: Company decision makers and HR professionals from healthcare who are eager to create solutions and implement action addressing shared industry barriers; Public partners from workforce development, chambers of commerce, education and training providers, and economic development who want to problem solve with industry and support shared regional solutions. 

Questions: Contact cwdc@state.co.us or bobbie.wolfe@state.co.us.

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