ALAMEDA COUNTY HEALTH CARE
health careers pipeline project
Launching the next generation of health care leaders...
As school districts adapt to the demands of preparing students for 21st century jobs and technology, they are expanding strategies that link student learning to career exposure and real-world application. Career pathways, academies, and other similar initiatives are expanding at an increasing rate among K-12 education systems. The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) has set a goal of having 100% of high school students enrolled in a Career Pathway by 2020.
Over the next three years, we will be expanding our role to prepare OUSD students to enter higher education and/or careers in the health field, in partnership with OUSD, Alameda Health System, and #YesWeCode. Four Alameda County Health Care Services Agency departments are coming together to make this a successful, transformative effort; these are: Alameda County Healthcare Pipeline Partnership, Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, Human Resources, and Fund Development Office. By 2020, all OUSD students will be enrolled in a college and career pathway; our goal is also to ensure that health pathways are core to the district strategies.
School Health Centers as Stepping Stones
School health centers have the potential to play a key role in supporting the expansion of health career pathways for students at multiple levels. As permanent structures within a school and district, they are ideally positioned to add value to a health career pathway on campus and support meaningful mentorship and work-based learning opportunities for students. As a primary component of our role as a Health Career Pipeline Project partner, we are collaborating with the federally qualified health centers that run our school health centers to expand their role both within and beyond clinic walls to prepare students to enter health professions. Our strategy also aims to specifically improve education and career outcomes for young men of color: in partnership with Alameda County’s EMS Corps, we plan to increase internship opportunities for young men in the health field trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and first responders.
School Health Career Pipeline Coordinator