Today was the launch of something called the Connecticut Health Council. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the council's ultimate goal is to attract new healthcare industry jobs to the state.
The council will have meetings every six weeks or so to talk about topics in health care, and representatives from various areas within the industry are planning to take part. It's part education, part networking, and part Connecticut sell job.
"There's a little bit of show business in this." That's Oz Griebel, the head of the MetroHartford Alliance - which represents the region's businesses. He says healthcare is an important sector of the state's economy, and it's time the state said so.
"You want to go to medical school or dental school? You come to Connecticut. You want to be a venture capitalist in the health arena? You come to Connecticut. You want to know about hospital administration? You come to Connecticut. You want to be in the health insurance business? You come to Connecticut. You want to be in research? You come to Connecticut. So it's the idea of promoting what we have." You can learn more about the effort at cthealthcouncil.com.