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We are proud to announce that the video used  to kick-off our August 1, "OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate" Education and Action Summit in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act was recently recognized as a MARCOM Gold Medal Winner in the Video/Film/Government category.  MARCOM Awards, administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, honor excellence and recognize the creativity, and hard work of marketing and communication professionals. 

The OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate video was a genuine collaboration between our Office of Apprenticeship, our Registered Apprenticeship sponsors and our highly talented Office of Public Affairs’ Video Production unit.  The high quality work by the video production unit highlights the importance the U.S. Department of Labor places on helping create awareness about the proud history, and the impact Registered Apprenticeship can have on industry and its workers.  We shared the video previously as part of our Registered Apprenticeship 75th Anniversary wrap up, but in light of the recognition it has received, we wanted to ensure it got the renewed attention it deserves.  Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this great video highlighting 75 years of the National Apprenticeship Act. 

The Southland Health Care Forum (SHCF) is front and center as we enter week 10 of our Trailblazer and Innovator SpotLight series.  Recognized during the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent National Education and Action Summit as one of 71 programs from throughout the country which embody the 21st Century Vision for Registered Apprenticeship, SHCF is working to provide quality training for disadvantaged individuals seeking careers in the health care industry.

The SHCF, established in 2000, is a partnership of 10 community hospitals in the south suburbs of Chicago, Kankakee, and Joliet collaborating on an agenda of common issues including staffing shortages in the health professions.  Training includes opportunities to prepare for careers as a Certified Nurse Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Patient Care Technician, Dialysis Technician, Phlebotomist, Clinical Medical Assistant, and other allied health care positions. 

To help address health care worker shortages and increase opportunities in an area with high unemployment and limited career options, SHCF is working with local hospitals, clinics, and other health care agencies to provide training, internships, and employment opportunities to under-served populations in the region.  SHCF collaborates with numerous partners to reach a wide variety of potential participants.  Partners include, but are not limited to, the Coalition of African American Nurses (CAAN) Academy of Nursing, Illinois Dept. Of Health and Human Services, Prairie State College,  Southland Hispanic Leadership Council, South-Southwest Suburban United Way, Illinois Dept. of Employment Security, regional employers, and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Representatives from SHCF attended the U.S. Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Education and Action Summit in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.  During the August 1 ceremony, representatives were presented with a Trailblazer and Innovator Recognition Certificate presented by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Administrator of Apprenticeship John V. Ladd.

Chief Executive Officer of SHCF, Jennifer Artis commented on the Forum’s efforts and the role Registered Apprenticeship is playing to help ensure the initiative’s success.

“Our goal within SHCF is to provide career opportunities for under-served populations to ensure well trained individuals are able to help fill the worker shortages facing much of the health care industry,” said Ms. Artis.  “Registered Apprenticeship is helping us professionalize certain health care occupations and the Department of Labor-approved certification apprentices earn will provide them with solid credentials that offer upward mobility and career options that weren’t previously available to them.”    

For more on SHCF, be sure to download the Southland Health Care Forum Trailblazer and Innovator Fact Sheet.  Also, for more on the Registered Apprenticeship opportunities SHCF has to offer, be sure to visit:  http://www.southlandhealthcareforum.org/.

In Week 9 of our Trailblazer and Innovator SpotLight series we take a look at the Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Coastal Region’s Community Health Worker Registered Apprenticeship program.  A Community Health Worker serves as a bridge between the community and health care system.  Community Health Workers are trained to deliver needed health information to the community so that individuals can take control of, and improve their health. 

The Texas AHEC Coastal Region is a cooperative effort between the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Coastal AHEC, Inc.  The Coastal AHEC focuses on improving the health of members of the community, with an emphasis on reaching the underserved, by creating partnerships among community and academic organizations to build and strengthen community-based education programs.

The occupation of Community Health Worker continues to grow.  The position was only recently recognized as an apprenticeable occupation and is becoming increasingly important in efforts to assist underserved populations to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.  The Community Health Worker apprenticeship program offers a 1 year apprenticeship with 200 hours of didactic training and an additional 2000-2200 hours of on-the-job learning.  The training focuses on familiarization with the medical and social services community pertinent to the employer and region.

The Texas AHEC Coastal Region was recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program for their efforts to professionalize this non-traditional occupation.  It was also recognized for their ability to help serve the needs of underserved populations, including the elderly, disabled, English-as-a-second language, and other populations in need of assistance in improving their access to quality health care services.

In August of this year, Executive Director of the Texas AHEC Coastal Region Leslie Hargrove was invited to Washington D.C. to represent the program during the Department of Labor’s National Education and Action Summit in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act.  Ms. Hargrove was presented with a Certificate of Recognition as a Trailblazer and Innovator program by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Administrator of Apprenticeship John V. Ladd.

Ms. Hargrove spoke on the importance of the Community Health Worker occupation and how apprenticeship is helping prepare workers in this important position.

“At the Texas AHEC we believe a Community Health Worker can be the critical connection between our underserved populations and access to quality healthcare.  Establishment of the Community Health Worker apprenticeship has enabled us to open doors for individuals looking for a career in health services.  We are excited to be recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program and we hope this recognition helps increase the use of apprenticeship within the health care industry.”

To learn more on the Community Health Worker apprenticeship program, we encourage you to download and share the Texas Area Health Education Trailblazer and Innovator Fact Sheet.  For more on the Texas Area Health Education Center Coastal Region, please visit http://www.cahectx.org/index.html.

 

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