Nursing Workforce Information Center

About Us

UMEC is a governor appointed, eight-member board charged to bridge the gap between public/private health care workforce and educational interests.

Our Mission:

To conduct health care workforce research, to advise on Utah's health care training needs, and to influence graduate medical education (GME) financing policies.

Core Responsibilities – Health Care Workforce

  • Assess supply and demand
  • Advise and develop policy
  • Seek and disburse Graduate Medical Education (GME) funds
  • Facilitate training in rural locations

Products

  • Partnerships – public/private
  • Reports – health care workforce
  • Models – workforce and financial
  • Program(s) expansion – rural and urban
  • Funds management – privately funded program expansion, Medicaid GME and rural training site expansion.

Impact/Accomplishments

  • Economic

♦ $3 million annually to expand GME training from public/private partnership
♦ $6 million annually in Medicaid GME funding statewide

  • Workforce

♦ Increased the number of interns and residents trained in Utah programs by 38%, about 200 positions, over the past ten years
♦ Increased rural health care workforce and education, including establishment of new rural surgery program; rural family medicine fellowship; and rural rotations in dental, emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery
♦ Preserved both child and adult psychiatric training programs
♦ Received the only national GME demonstration project awarded by CMS

Current Areas of Focus

  • Retention of Utah trained healthcare workforce
  • Facilitate rural training opportunities
  • Strengthen public/private partnerships

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