About Workforce

HASC Workforce Development is a multi-pronged effort to support workforce needs across the region — especially in areas with a shortage of trained and qualified employees.

Examples include the following targeted efforts:

HASC Workforce Program fact sheet


Lisa Mitchell, HASC Program Director for Workforce Development, speaks with Rebecca Evans, Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDBVC)  — Aug. 4, 2022

Teri Hollingsworth, HASC Vice President, HR and Education Services, and Cynthia Avila, WDBVC, are interviewed on KVTA Radio’s Workforce Wednesdays — June 24, 2022

LoVLA Initiative Offers PPE at Cost

Over the past year, through supply chain optimization and city purchasing expertise, Logistics Victory LA (LoVLA), an initiative of the City of Los Angeles, provided hospitals, first responders and other health care organizations an opportunity to purchase personal protective equipment  (PPE) from the City of Los Angeles at cost.   In total, LoVLA distributed more than 9 […]

Employers: Do You Have Operating Room Vacancies? Prepare Your Nursing Staff in APU’s RN Perioperative Course This Fall

HASC’s workforce initiative partner, Azusa Pacific University, or APU, is offering a perioperative RN specialty course this fall. The APU RN Specialty course is available for any hospital in the region to prepare RNs transferring to a new position in perioperative nursing at their facility.  The 16-week course provides perioperative training that gives the novice OR nurse the knowledge needed to provide safe patient care – with […]

LEAD Academy Launches on Friday, August 6

HASC’s LEAD Academy leadership training program is the association’s longest-running and most popular education offering. This year’s second virtual series starts on Friday, Aug. 6 and runs biweekly through Jan. 21. The online synchronous sessions run from 8:30 – 11 a.m., Pacific Time. Cost is $162 per module.  LEAD Academy is an intensive training that uses tools and […]

In the Spotlight: Megan Barajas

Megan Barajas is HASC’s newest regional vice president, covering Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The latter, trivia buffs know, is the largest county in the contiguous United States, almost the size of West Virginia.   Barajas is a local, having graduated from high school in Moreno Valley, just east of Riverside. Her path to HASC regional vice president […]

President’s Message from George W. Greene

We’ve seen a 26 percent decline in hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the HASC region in the last 14 days, but the ongoing workforce shortage still limits relief for our weary caregivers. The Inland Empire region was dealt particularly devastating blows this summer, outpacing all Southern California counties in hospitalizations at their respective peaks, and trailing neighboring counties in […]

HASC Partner Offers Member Discount on PPE

HASC Endorsed Business Partner bttn is excited to share a recent news item on the firm’s push to raise capital and expand its reach. The item posted on Techcrunch notes that bttn added $5 million in startup capital following its initial launch in June. The firm now has more than 300 customers, the report notes.  HASC is one of more than 17 U.S. health care associations that […]

Merritt Hawkins Shares 2021 Physician Compensation Review

Physician search firm Merritt Hawkins, a HASC Endorsed Business Partner, invites members to review and download its 2021 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives. Highlights from the Review are below. “The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on the economy, and on all aspects of health care, including physician compensation and recruiting. Hospitals have […]

Workforce Development: County of Orange Recognized for its Mobile One-Stop Center

The Orange County Business Council has awarded the County of Orange the Business Retention and Expansion Program Award for its Mobile One-Stop Unit. The Mobile One-Stop Unit is a reinvention of the brick-and-mortar OC One-Stop Center that travels to various communities throughout Orange County to provide workforce development services to businesses and job seekers. The Orange County […]

Prepare Your ED for Possible Severe Flu Season

In 2020, widespread social distancing and masking pushed seasonal flu cases to record lows. However, 2021 could be a different story. With effective COVID-19 vaccines available, far fewer people are taking precautions against airborne infections. What’s more, we may all be highly susceptible to new flu strains due to lack of previous exposure. The bottom […]

Workforce Advisory Group

The Workforce Advisory Group serves as a resource to the association in leading a region-wide, coordinated effort to identify and address staffing needs and the nature and severity of staffing shortages. Strategic goals include workforce shortages, barriers and solutions, data collection, and partnership and collaboration. The advisory group will also examine strategies to advance diversity and inclusion in the health care workforce.  Meeting Dates […]