Building the health care workforce
As with the rest of the U.S., Wisconsin's population is trending older. Brown County's residents 60 years and older is expected to nearly double by 2035. The 60+ age group is expected to make up nearly half of the total population in Door and Florence Counties. An aging population will consume more health care as well as leave vacancies in crucial health care professions as current workers retire.
Also changing is the patient's approach to health care. Almost one out of every two adults is already managing at least one chronic disease, and they want to maximize their quality of life in a cost-effective way. Many would rather receive care in their own homes.
Health care providers and practices are also changing by stressing the importance of wellness and prevention rather than treating a condition that has already developed. All of these changes require new skills and adaptive training which will be provided through NWTC's high quality educational programs and delivered within the new cutting-edge labs.
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