Florida Healthcare Workforce

Florida Healthcare Workforce

Realizing the Health Industry Workforce Needs of Today and Tomorrow


Who We Are

The Florida Healthcare Workforce initiative came about through a grant that was awarded to the Florida Center for Nursing by CareerSource Florida. The Leadership Council, comprised of high-level health industry leaders, serves as the steering committee that directs the initiative. The Council develops recommendations for statewide policy that will facilitate a sufficient supply of highly-skilled talent to meet the demand of Florida’s current and future healthcare workforce needs. 

Assisting the Leadership Council, the State and Professional Advisory Groups serve as a resource for information and data essential to enable healthcare workforce policy and strategy development. At the local level, Regional Councils provide information specific to Florida’s unique cultures that exist within each region.

FHW Project Reports

Leadership Council & Staff

Special thanks to the members of the FHW Leadership Council. 


Mary Lou Brunell, Florida Center for Nursing
Dr. Prakash Patel, Guidewell 

Council Chair:

Renee Thigpen, Florida Hospital Association


Joshua Ashby, LeadingAge, Florida
Dominic Calabro, Florida TaxWatch
Dr. Steven Chapman, Florida Department of Health
Dr. Bill D’Aiuto, Florida Dental Association
Steven Devane, Duvall Homes
Tom Feeney, Associated Industries of Florida
Dr. Randy Glisson, Florida Chiropractic Association
Dr. Leonard Hock, Florida Society for Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Medicine
Suzanne Kelley, Florida Pharmacy Association
Bobby Lolly, Home Care Association of Florida
Kathleen Miller, Florida Blue
Rene Pabon, Walmart
Dr. Robert Rowe, Florida Physical Therapy Association
Gail Sadler, Association of Nurse Practitioners in Business, Florida
Pauline Taylor, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association
Susan Towler, Florida Blue Foundation
Mark Wilson, Florida Chamber of Commerce


Karin Kazimi, Project Director