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Watch Bridge Lunch Break on health care hiring challenges and solutions

August Lunch Break event

Bridge Michigan’s monthly Lunch Break series returned Wednesday with a discussion about worker shortages in health care, a growing crisis in a state with an aging population.

If you missed this live Zoom event, you can watch it on-demand below.


The discussion focused on the challenges in staffing health care, efforts to bolster the career pipeline, on-the-job training opportunities, state funding, aging populations, rural Michigan and mental health care and much more. 

Panelisrs included Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Rachel Ruddock, director of workforce and health professions training at the Michigan Primary Care Association, and Michelle Wein, director of research at the Michigan Health Council. Bridge Michigan Health Reporter Robin Erb moderated the discussion.

Bridge’s Lunch Break monthly series focuses on timely topics facing our state. Previous discussions have included examinations of efforts to educate students for careers in Michigan, solutions to gun violence in Michigan, November 2022’s general election results, youth mental health in Michigan and ideas for growing the population in our state.



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Our next Lunch Break event will take place in September. An announcement about the topic and time is coming soon.

Michigan workers vacancies 

In this occasional series, we examine the scope of critical worker shortages in 2023, from doctors and police officers to math teachers and social workers. To view more stories in this series click here.

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