The health care delivery and social services sector is a large part of the economy in this region. It is the fastest growing employment sector in New Mexico and yet most counties in the state are considered health care provider shortage areas. Demand for health care increases every day as new as New Mexico’s aging population grows, and as newly insured individuals seek services. This demand puts a strain on existing resources and highlights a need for improved workforce training. It also provides opportunities, especially in underserved rural areas, to capitalize on a trend to decentralize the deployment of health services through full service clinics, individual provider practices, and community paramedicine.
- Prioritize fiber throughout the region and access to it to facilitate provider offices in rural regions.
- Support pipeline programs connecting employers with skilled workforce through programs at Health Leadership Charter High School and UNM Health Science Center’s HEALTH NM pipeline programs for minority and at-risk students.
- Expand provider training programs, especially nursing programs, at Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico.
- Make improvements in the quality of education, with particular emphasis on STEM disciplines in New Mexico to produce the skilled workforce that will be needed in all health fields.
- Recruit companies that contribute to the provision of health services in the region.
- Support the development of clinics and satellite campuses that deliver health services in rural areas.
- Support development of the health paraprofessional workforce including maternal infant home visitors and community health workers.
- Support innovative models of outcomes-oriented primary care delivery, such as community paramedicine, to create new career pathways for New Mexicans and help extend New Mexico’s limited primary care infrastructure.
Workforce system and system partners, First Choice Community Health, Presbyterian Medical Services, Central New Mexico Community College, UNM, UNM HSC, Molina Heath Care, economic development organization partners.