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Workforce Board Part of Health Care Partnership Meeting

Oct 25, 2018

Cumberland County Workforce Development participated in the Next Generation Health Care Sector Partnership meeting Oct. 18 at the Fayetteville-Cumberland Economic Development Corporation offices in downtown Fayetteville. The business-led partnership seeks to improve health outcomes by strengthening the health care sector in Cumberland County.


The forum allowed healthcare leaders and stakeholders to discuss goals, priorities and plans. Three action teams – Obesity Prevention Committee; Integration and Coordination of Care Committee; and Workforce Development Committee – each contributed action steps addressing specific goals. Francie Genz, a principal consultant with Next Generation Sector Partnerships, facilitated the forum.


The Integration and Coordination of Care team, led by Dr. Michael Zappa of Cape Fear Valley Health and supported by Workforce Development Board Chair Dina Simcox, proposed action steps including developing an inventory of providers who see walk-in patients, expanding care offered outside business hours and non-traditional settings and educating the public about alternatives to the emergency room. The team’s goal is to increase coordination and access of care to reduce emergency room visits.


The Workforce Development team, led by Bill Pryor of Cape Fear Valley Health and supported by Workforce Development Board member Robert Van Geons and Cumberland County NCWorks Career Center Director Nedra Rodriguez, proposed action steps including attracting talent to the Fayetteville region; expanding work-based learning and marketing high-demand careers to help grow and keep high-demand health careers in Cumberland County.


The Obesity Prevention team, led by Dr. Sammy Choi of Womack Army Medical Center and supported by Workforce Development Board Vice Chair Rodney Anderson, proposed action steps including exploring ways to share information about the MATCH (Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health) Program and exploring potential to launch the program in Cumberland County public schools.


The action teams were formed in June. The first Next Generational Sector Partnership meeting was held at Fayetteville Technical Community College last fall.


For more information about the Cumberland County NC Works Career Center, go to The Workforce Development Board is appointed and governed by the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners.