Use of Apprenticeship to Meet Demand for Medical Assistants in the US

Medical assistants (MAs) are key members of the health care team and are assuming new and expanded roles amid health care delivery transformation. Some health care employers are turning to apprenticeships to meet their MA workforce needs. This report describes MA apprenticeships through literature review and analysis of interviews with key personnel involved with programs…

An Examination of Health Care Workers in Nonstandard Work Arrangements and Self-Employment

Nonstandard work arrangements includes overlapping concepts of: 1) contingent work (based on self-employment status, length of work, method of payment, and connection to employer), 2) alternative work (ie, temporary agency worker, on-call worker, contract company worker, and independent contractor), and 3) electronically-mediated work (sometimes referred to as “gig work”). Between 1995 and 2015 the healthcare…

Addressing Systemic Racism in Birth Doula Services to Reduce Health Inequities in the United States

Birth doulas, who support pregnant women during the perinatal period, have positive impacts on pregnancy and birth outcomes, particularly among underserved populations. However, health workforce-related barriers challenge the development of robust doula services in the United States. This article examines various approaches to train, recruit, and employ doulas, as well as what system-level changes are…

Employers’ Perspectives on the Use of Medical Assistant Apprenticeships

Medical assistants (MAs) are among the fastest-growing occupations in the US. However, there are high turnover rates and providers have difficulty filling MA positions. Employers are increasingly using apprenticeship to meet emerging workforce needs. This article discusses a qualitative study that examined perspectives of 14 employers using registered MA apprenticeships in 8 states. Findings included…

Health Workforce Challenges Impact the Development of Robust Doula Services for Underserved and Marginalized Populations in the United States

Research has shown evidence of doulas’ positive impacts on maternal health outcomes, particularly among underserved populations. Such research supports expanding access to doula services. However, health workforce-related barriers challenge the development of robust doula services in the US. This article published in the Journal of Perinatal Education investigates organizations’ barriers regarding training, recruitment, and employment of doulas….

Health Workforce Challenges Impact the Development of Robust Doula Services for Underserved and Marginalized Populations in the United States

Research has shown evidence of doulas’ positive impacts on maternal health outcomes, particularly among underserved populations. Such research supports expanding access to doula services. However, health workforce-related barriers challenge the development of robust doula services in the US. This article published in the Journal of Perinatal Education investigates organizations’ barriers regarding training, recruitment, and employment of doulas.

Employers’ Perspectives on the Use of Medical Assistant Apprenticeships

Medical assistants (MAs) are among the fastest-growing occupations in the US. However, there are high turnover rates and providers have difficulty filling MA positions. Employers are increasingly using apprenticeship to meet emerging workforce needs. This article discusses a qualitative study that examined perspectives of 14 employers using registered MA apprenticeships in 8 states. Findings included…

Addressing Systemic Racism in Birth Doula Services to Reduce Health Inequities in the United States

Birth doulas, who support pregnant women during the perinatal period, have positive impacts on pregnancy and birth outcomes, particularly among underserved populations. However, health workforce-related barriers challenge the development of robust doula services in the United States. This article examines various approaches to train, recruit, and employ doulas, as well as what system-level changes are…

An Examination of Health Care Workers in Nonstandard Work Arrangements and Self-Employment

Nonstandard work arrangements includes overlapping concepts of: 1) contingent work (based on self-employment status, length of work, method of payment, and connection to employer), 2) alternative work (ie, temporary agency worker, on-call worker, contract company worker, and independent contractor), and 3) electronically-mediated work (sometimes referred to as “gig work”). Between 1995 and 2015 the healthcare…

Use of Apprenticeship to Meet Demand for Medical Assistants in the US

Medical assistants (MAs) are key members of the health care team and are assuming new and expanded roles amid health care delivery transformation. Some health care employers are turning to apprenticeships to meet their MA workforce needs. This report describes MA apprenticeships through literature review and analysis of interviews with key personnel involved with programs…

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