Newcomers Retention Toolkit Development Project
The IEHP Atlantic Connection Steering Committee, a working group of the Atlantic Advisory Committee on Health Human Resources (AACHHR) with funding from the Atlantic Population Initiative, Awareness and Retention Committee/l'Initiative sur la population de l'Atlantique Comité de sensibilisation et de retention, has embarked on an IEHP Newcomers Retention Toolkit Project; the purpose of which is to assist communities with overcoming the challenges associated with attracting, integrating and retaining internationally educated health professionals to the Atlantic Region. Begun in March, 2010, the project will be completed and rolled-out to participating communities by the end of March, 2011.
The work plan includes:
- Completion of a Pan-Canadian scan to gather attraction, integration and retention data;
- Identification of best practices across sectors;
- Creation of a community toolkit for attraction, integration and retention of IEHP newcomers;
- Pilot of the Toolkit including sites selection – 1 urban, 1 rural;
- Completion and packaging of final Toolkit;
- Dissemination of final project report and Toolkit to participating communities.
Pilot sites have been launched in Summerside, PEI, and Halifax, NS. The pilot program was also extended to a third site in Truro, NS.
The Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHP) - Atlantic Connection Steering Committee met earlier this year to provide leadership and agreed to the work plan and schedule. It is slated to meet next in late October to review progress and then again, finally, in the early new year to review the Project’s final report.
The partner organizations are:
- Atlantic Advisory Committee on Health Human Resources (AACHHR);
- Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHP) - Atlantic Connection Steering Committee;
- Atlantic Population Initiative, Awareness and Retention Committee/l'Initiative sur la population de l'Atlantique Comité de sensibilisation et de retention;
- Health Care and Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia.
Price-MacDonald & Associates Consulting Inc. (PMA) has been engaged to manage all facets of the project. PMA provides research, labour market analysis, planning, training, and project management services to governments and companies in Atlantic Canada.
For information on the Newcomer Retention Toolkit in Prince Edward Island click here.
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