Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)
The membership of the HPAC includes:
- One representative from each of the four USG Research Institutions
- One representative each from four of the remaining select USG Institutions (Rotating)
- One representative from the Technical College System of Georgia
- One representative from the Georgia Department of Education
- One representative from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development
- One representative from the Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Center Network
- One representative from the field of Public Health
The University System of Georgia appointed the Task Force on Health Professions Education in September 2005 to review the condition of Georgia’s health professions workforce and identify the future role of the University System and partner agencies in addressing the identified challenges.
The 15 Task Force members included 11 representatives of University System campuses offering health professions education, Don Snell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Medical College of Georgia Health System, and Michael F. Vollmer, Commissioner of the Department of Technical and Adult Education.*
In June 2006 the Task Force released their final report identifying workforce shortages across many health professions and recommendations for addressing the findings of their efforts. Recognizing the role of the University System and its partners in educating professionals in the health workforce, the Task Force put forth specific requirements for building the health workforce to meet Georgia’s needs.
In April 2008 the Task Force on Health Professions Education voted to reorganize into a standing committee with the intent to reconvene after the implementation of a center to facilitate the work of the Task Force. This center was implemented in May 2008, when staff were brought into the University System to implement it. The culmination of much preparatory work led to the introduction of The Center for Health Workforce Planning and Analysis at the November 2008 meeting of the Board of Regents.
The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) reconvened in early 2009. The HPAC will lead and direct the Center in seeking effective statewide strategies for the University System and its partners in addressing the great challenges facing Georgia’s health profession workforce.
*Effective 7/1/08, changed to Technical College System of Georgia