PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced that Jody
A. Jencks will join the City of Providence as the Director of PVD HealthWorks
for the Office of Economic Opportunity where she will lead the development of
specialized healthcare and social assistance workforce partnerships to create
diverse training pipelines, career pathways, and other workforce solutions for
Providence residents interested in accessing careers in the healthcare and
social assistance industry.
“I’m excited to welcome Jody as the head of PVD HealthWorks,”
said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. "PVD HealthWorks will strengthen our local
workforce by providing pathways to good jobs for residents. Jody has cultivated
years of healthcare workforce development experience that made her the top
choice to lead this initiative."
The City’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) was selected as
a 2017 Real Jobs RI grant recipient to create the PVD HealthWorks Initiative, a
new partnership among employers, training providers, and community-based
organizations to facilitate the connection of Providence-area residents to
high-demand occupations in healthcare and social assistance. The Healthcare and
Social Assistance industry is the largest employment sector in the State and is
the largest employer within the City of Providence. PVD Health Works matches
training to high demand employer workforce needs, connects qualified
professionals with employers looking for top talent; strategically connects
industry partners around shared needs, and actively fosters system solutions
around those shared needs to minimize siloed efforts.
Having worked in major hospitals across Rhode Island in
strategic management positions, Jencks is nationally-renown for high-level
workforce development efforts and identifying untapped pools of potential while
actively engaging with the community.
As Director of Workforce Development for Care New England Health
System, Jencks increased the labor market supply of health care workers by
identifying potential workers, disseminating information on health careers to
the community, working with local government and educational institutions on
training opportunities, and collaborated with multiple collective bargaining
units on creating a talent pipeline.
As the Senior Human Resources Business Partner for Butler
Hospital, Jencks designed and implemented processes, managed employee and labor
relations to align with best practices, and directed short and long-term
management to ensure a qualified and competitive workforce.
Earlier in her career, Jencks bolstered the volunteer services
department at Kent Hospital from 190 people to 600 people in a three-year span
and helped 100 people find employment within the healthcare system as Director
of Volunteer Services for Kent Hospital. She also served as Philanthropy
Officer for the hospital’s Annual Programs where she managed the strategic
direction of the annual giving program and raised over $1 million.
Jencks earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Minor in
Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Public
Administration from Roger Williams University and is a graduate of the Annual
Giving Certificate Program at the Wisconsin School of Business as part of the
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.
Jencks is an energetic visionary with the leadership and
management skills that will allow her to strategically develop and implement
high-level operational plans. She will have the unique opportunity to lead in transforming
system solutions that impact our communities and health equity across the