Southland Health Care Forum Trailblazer and Innovator SpotLight

Posted by Chad Aleshire - On November 13, 2012 (EST)

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:

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