Increasing the size, diversity, and preparedness of the region’s healthcare talent pipeline

Our healthcare workforce initiatives

For more than a decade, Workforce Innovation at The Health Collaborative has been committed to growing our region’s healthcare talent pipeline. We lead this critical work by convening regional partners and collaborating as a group to:

  • Build the skilled workforce healthcare employers need
  • Provide educators the resources they need to attract and propel students into healthcare careers
  • Increase students‘ access to healthcare career exploration and work-based learning opportunities
  • Connect job seekers to local healthcare careers

We remain dedicated to these outcomes and to creating innovative workforce solutions to address healthcare workforce challenges.


Increasing access and success in pursuing healthcare careers


Aligning pathways and programs


Increasing program capacity


Identifying and removing pipeline barriers


Providing intel to assist in pursuing in-demand careers


Increasing access and opportunities to explore health careers


Offering our career exploration programs


Providing support to new offerings


Creating resources to share opportunities broadly


Promoting a variety of in-demand quality health careers


Bringing partners together to ideate and solve critical workforce concerns


Sharing best practices


Identifying and advocating for smart regulations


Investing in equitable outcomes


Developing systemic and sustainable change within and across institutions


Attracting new funding to support workforce innovation


Securing new funding


Providing seed funding for innovative solutions


Supporting partners’ grant proposals


Providing data to inform priorities and decision-making

The origin of Workforce Innovation

How we got started

In 2003, as the shortage of qualified healthcare workforce worsened, and employers vying for talent escalated, our region’s health systems came together and formed a collaboration dedicated to building the workforce they needed to fill their in-demand jobs. Workforce Innovation at The Health Collaborative is the result of over 20 years of these regional employers coming together with educators, workforce and community organizations to solve critical workforce issues.

Originally called the Health Careers Collaborative, this employer-led initiative is dedicated to increasing the size and diversity of our regional talent pools and making sure healthcare graduates and workers are appropriately prepared for success in entry- to mid-level healthcare careers.

A doctor holding a tablet
Doctors having discussion over digital tablet in corridor

Building partnerships

When the group initially formed, it defined its sector strategy approach from employer input, as well as that of community partners, including the Workforce Council of Southwest Ohio, Cincinnati State College, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

From 2008-2020, the Health Careers Collaborative was part of Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a multi-sector industry partnership housed at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Partners was the regional site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and connected to their CareerSTAT frontline healthcare workers initiative. Through these relationships, which still exist today, the collaborative benchmarked and shared best practices with healthcare partners from across the country to build a more robust and inclusive talent pipeline.

Leading workforce innovation

In 2020, the Health Careers Collaborative combined its efforts and leadership with Workforce Innovation at The Health Collaborative. The original collaborative lives on as the Workforce Advisory Council, still focused on increasing the size, diversity, and preparedness of the region’s healthcare talent pipeline.

Today, in addition to regional healthcare workforce initiatives, Workforce Innovation is convening and partnering with healthcare education and workforce leaders from across Ohio. Together, we are sharing best practices, identifying and addressing barriers, and promoting public policy and investment recommendations, all to strengthen Ohio’s healthcare workforce systems.