For Immediate Release October 24, 2016
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A culture of wellness engaging Yellowhawk employees and CTUIR members in health care careers

Building a Quality healthcare organization that recognizes the importance of employee empowerment for improvement, expands opportunities for training, education and leadership/professional growth in health care, and develops career tracks for current and future YTHC employees and CTUIR members.


Mission, OR, October 11, 2016- The Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (Yellowhawk) recently received funding from Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans, Social and Economic Development Strategies (ANA-SEDS).  The funding will support a program to achieve three inter-related objectives: 1) A workforce development program to address healthcare employment through training, education and retention; 2) Quality Improvement strategies based on the Malcolm Baldrige Operational Framework for Process Improvement; and 3) a management excellence program and leadership succession plan for Yellowhawk employees and members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The ANA-SEDS resources will provide Yellowhawk the opportunity to create long term strategies to maintain quality as they address continuing changes to health care delivery; and establish short term and long term leadership and professional development strategies that promote Yellowhawk employee and CTUIR member succession planning. The ANA-SEDS funding will consist of approximately $800,000 over three years.

“The commitment to long term solutions for leadership and professional employee development is a challenge for small communities. The infusion of resources by ANA-SEDS will enable Yellowhawk to provide tools for current staff to engage in grassroots process improvement, and to develop health care leadership and professional career tracks for employees and CTUIR members”, said Thom Hauer, Yellowhawk Human Resources Director. With rapid changes in today’s health care, Yellowhawk must adapt to new ways for service delivery. “At Yellowhawk we recognize the importance of input by Yellowhawk employees and opportunities for CTUIR members with transferrable skills and experience. Combining these two parts with leadership excellence training and Quality Improvement using the Baldrige Operational Framework, Yellowhawk will reduce reliance on external labor resources and truly develop a healthcare model that also incorporates CTUIR culture and traditions,” said Hauer.

“We are excited about opportunities for professional development for our Tribal members” said Shawna Gavin, CTUIR Health Commission Chairperson.  “One of the best strategies for ensuring culturally sensitive health care and reducing turnover is to invest in the leadership development of your own Tribal members”, said Gavin.

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