From home health aides and certified nursing assistants to phlebotomists and medical technicians, apprenticeship programs are helping to educate and up-skill thousands of workers in America's healthcare industry. While the U.S. apprenticeship system has been around for over 80 years, this proven training model has been reinvented to address the healthcare workforce needs of the 21st century.
"The Apprenticeship Program has been tremendously helpful in helping us prepare a home care workforce that helps meet consumer, worker, and employer goals, and we expect that relationship to continue to grow and expand in the coming years."
Charissa Raynor, Executive Director, SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership
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Temple University Health System a major provider of care to low-income, un-insured Philadelphians and Medicare and/or Medicaid recipients partnered with the Center for Social Policy and Community Development and the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund to develop a Community Health Worker (CHW) curriculum and begin offering intensive, short-term, competency-driven training to qualified economically-disadvantaged students. During their training, students participate in simulated patient experiences and role plays, explore real-life case scenarios, and hear from expert practitioners incorporated into program faculty and as guest speakers. Job readiness training is also folded into the curriculum to prepare students for success in the healthcare workplace. Apprenticeship offers the opportunity for employer customization of the CHW training process, enabling employers to stipulate additional, alternative skills and competencies they are seeking in new CHW employees, while offering employees a portable Certificate upon completion of their apprenticeship. CHW apprentices increase their earnings incrementally as they master the skills and competencies their job requires.
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Through groundbreaking work with healthcare employers, unions and intermediaries, the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) founded the National Center for Healthcare Apprenticeships to register and implement apprenticeships including Community Health Worker, Hospital Coder, Medical Assistant, Medical Lab Technician, and other healthcare occupations. H-CAP, through its network of over 900 employers, is getting the word out and sharing best practices in apprenticeship across all sectors of the healthcare industry.
H-CAP convened a day-long Apprenticeship Accelerator event on March 8, 2017 for over 100 attendees, who were interested in learning or already experienced in developing and implementing Apprenticeship programs in healthcare. The audience included a cross-section of healthcare employers and industry associations, labor unions, training partnerships, community colleges and education providers, public workforce system leaders, community organizations, and other stakeholders.
Homeless Solutions, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Morristown, NJ that works with individuals who are homeless battling substance abuse and mental illness. The organization identified that their case managers and support staff need to be trained as Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors in order to be able to provide their clients with proper care and assistance. Currently, Homeless Solutions has seven employees completing the 274-hour training and completing the 3100 hours of apprenticeship.
On Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, recognized Homeless Solutions in a round table discussion with representatives from The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey Health Care Talent Development Center as well as the students in the current training. During the discussion, the Governor discussed the need to have more trained professionals to understand how to help these individuals navigate their way through recovery. Recently, two of the apprentices, Christina Raimo and Osman Davies, had to use their recently acquired skills in a situation within the shelter. Several clients within shelter reported their peer to be unresponsive after a heroin overdose. The clients within the shelter had trust to come to Osman to communicate with him that their peer was unresponsive. Both Christina and Osman were able to revive the client using the skills they learning within the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Training.
Prior to being a part of the training, the employees had difficulties referring their clients to appropriate programs and the clients did not have as much trust with their case managers. Homeless Solutions, Inc. has already seen the difference within their organization and not only provided their employees with training but also provided their clients with better resources.
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Center, recently had 17 of their employees enroll within the Community Health Work Apprenticeship Program. This program is 160 hours of classroom instruction and 2000 hours of apprenticeship. RUBHC works throughout the state of New Jersey in providing services to members in the community, who might be going through difficult times, suffer from mental illness or substance abuse. RUBHC identified that they wanted to improve the services they provide to their clients by having their employees go through the Community Health Worker Training. This training allows their employees to further educate community members on various services and provide an understanding as to how to maintain one's health. During the training, RUBHC began working with Supportive Programs of New Jersey, who wanted trained peer support specialist and community health workers. One of those trainees is Stephen Jakubowycz, who is a peer support specialist and has been working in the field since 2008.