New Website Launches to Help Address Health Care Workforce Shortages and Improve Care
Colorado first in the nation to launch online tool developed through public-private partnership
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2020
Denver, CO – The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF), ADvancing States and Centene Corporation have come together in a unique public-private partnership to develop and launch ConnectToCareJobs.com, a new website to help address health care workforce shortages during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency and beyond. The site will connect residential care facilities (like nursing homes and assisted living facilities) that need employees with health care professionals who need jobs.
“The COVID-19 public health emergency has caused workforce shortages at some care facilities like nursing homes while driving layoffs in other parts of the health care industry,” said Kim Bimestefer, Department of Health Care Policy & Financing executive director. “Through this innovative public-private partnership, we can help Coloradans in residential care facilities get the care they need while also helping health care professionals in Colorado get back to work. We thank ADvancing States and Centene for their partnership, time and resources — all of which they provided at no cost to taxpayers. Their willingness to collaborate with our staff and step-up at this time of crisis will make a meaningful difference in the lives of many Coloradans.”
ConnectToCareJobs.com allows job seekers to create a profile identifying their professional skills and experience; health care professionals with skills appropriate for a residential care facility environment are invited to visit the website now to create an account. The Department has also invited licensed residential care facilities to create an account through the website, select open positions they are hiring for, and be matched with job seekers that fit their hiring needs.
The initial launch of ConnectToCareJobs.com is focused on residential care facilities; the site may expand to include hospitals and home care agencies in subsequent phases. Colorado is the first state in the nation to launch this website; other states will follow to address their own workforce shortages.
About the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing: The Department administers Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), Child Health Plan Plus, and other programs for Coloradans who qualify. For more information about the Department, please visit Colorado.gov/hcpf.