In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana faces the challenge of rebuilding its healthcare system. The healthcare industry offers an opportunity to participate in rebuilding efforts while entering a field with strong job prospects.
Filling the Healthcare Void
According to a 244-page report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Louisiana Recovery Authority, major aspects of Louisiana healthcare in need of post-Katrina attention include:
- Emergency preparedness and recovery
- Workforce and educational needs
- Healthcare system design
If you're curious about the extent of Louisiana's need, consider this: the PricewaterhouseCoopers report cites an estimated 11,000 vacant Louisiana healthcare jobs in 2004--and that was before Katrina prompted an exodus of Louisiana workers.
All of this creates demand for a trained healthcare workforce. If you want to help meet this demand, consider some of the educational programs available to Louisiana students, including:
- Medical Assisting
- Medical Insurance and Coding
- AAS in Healthcare
- MBA in Healthcare Management
Given the needs of Louisiana's healthcare system, these programs offer not only career opportunities, but a chance to play a significant role in rebuilding the state.