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October 30, 2023

AHCCCS and ATD to Offer New Learning Courses to Strengthen the Health Care Workforce in 2024

PHOENIX – The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency, and the Association for Talent Development (ATD) announce a new partnership to provide expert-led professional development courses to AHCCCS health care providers so they can more effectively recruit and develop staff and retain their workforces.

“AHCCCS is focused on addressing the growing need for health care workers in the next decade. Ensuring providers are able to train and develop staff will increase retention and employee satisfaction,” said Bill Kennard, AHCCCS Workforce Development Administrator. “Partnering with ATD brings national training expertise directly to AHCCCS providers to help them develop and manage talent.”

Through this partnership with ATD, health care managers, executives, workforce development professionals, trainers, and others will be able to increase training and facilitation skills and learn strategies to develop current workforce talent and increase employee retention.

With an 80-year history of providing content, membership, and professional development across all areas of adult learning, ATD provides educational opportunities for anyone who would like to learn more about developing talent. ATD’s globally-recognized Training and Facilitation Certificate Program, one of its most popular train-the-trainer offerings, draws on ATD’s extensive research and experience. The program helps all professionals become learner-centric facilitators who apply the skills of an engaging and effective trainer.

Managing talent with a cohesive strategy is an important responsibility for all managers and leaders. The ATD Integrated Talent Management Certificate Program helps participants learn practical methods to manage the workforce challenges of today and tomorrow—regardless of the organization’s size.

“We are fully committed to supporting the learning needs of the health care workforce in Arizona,” said Tony Bingham, President and CEO, ATD. “ATD looks forward to bringing some of our top professional development programs to assist providers in training and cultivating their talent.”

AHCCCS will offer these learning opportunities at no cost to Medicaid providers who deliver Home and Community Based Services to enrolled Medicaid members. Registration will begin in November 2023 with courses starting in 2024.


Founded in 1982, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is Arizona's Medicaid agency that offers health care programs to serve Arizona residents. Built on a system of competition and choice, AHCCCS operates under an integrated managed care model, through a Research and Demonstration 1115 Waiver. Contracted health plans coordinate and pay for physical and behavioral health care services delivered by more than 115,000 health care providers to more than 2.3 million Arizonans.

Press contact: PIO@azahcccs.gov

About ATD

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Established in 1943, the association was known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

ATD’s members come from more than 100 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. For more information, visit td.org.

Press contact: pketter@td.org

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