HealthPATH Now By Jessica Pitt, HealthPATH Executive Director

We’re mad! We’re hurting! But, we’re healers, So we won’t be stopped!

In the wake of the unconscionable murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the swell of protests that have ensued, Alameda Health System’s CEO, Delvecchio Finley, shared these words: We’re mad! We’re hurting! But, we’re healers, So we won’t be stopped! Like him, many of us feel anger and pain in the [...]

2020-06-05T19:07:03+00:00 June 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Importance of Mentorship

A key ingredient in any successful youth development program is the presence of reliable and caring adult mentors. I was recently reminded of this when I met with a teacher from Dewey Academy, one of Oakland’s Continuation High Schools. These schools serve high school students who have not been able to succeed in mainstream schools. [...]

2019-12-23T18:10:05+00:00 December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meeting California’s Growing Demand for Latino Healthcare Providers

By 2050, the United States will be a ‘majority-minority’ country, with white non-Hispanics making up less than half of the total population. California is far ahead of the demographic curve, where the Latino population surpassed the white non-Hispanic population in 2015. Currently Latinos make-up 39% of the population, while Whites make-up 37% of the [...]

2019-12-23T18:11:45+00:00 November 1st, 2019|Categories: Diversifying the Healthcare Workforce, Workforce Development|0 Comments

Preparing the Next Generation of Healthcare Workers

Hui Qiao Wu is representative of many of the students who participate in HealthPATH’s Health Excellence & Academic Leadership (HEAL) internship program. Her parents immigrated to the United States from China when she was seven years old in pursuit of better opportunities for their children. They speak little English and, as their oldest child, Hui [...]

2019-12-18T20:11:39+00:00 September 26th, 2019|Categories: Impact|0 Comments

Welcome Back Students!

The HealthPATH program at Alameda Health System provides internships, volunteer opportunities, and other work-based learning experiences to more than 800 youth and young adults each year. With the start of the new school year, we are gearing up for our fall internship programs. In mid-September, over 80 high school students from throughout Oakland will begin [...]

2019-09-26T21:21:38+00:00 September 4th, 2019|Categories: Internship Programs|0 Comments

Mentoring Matters—Meghann Dodge and Jessie Trupiano

When high school students enter the Health Excellence & Academic Leadership (HEAL) internship program at Alameda Health System, we ask them what health career they are interested in pursuing. Most of the time they tell us they want to be a Pediatrician or a nurse. That’s no surprise since those are the two healthcare providers [...]

2019-12-18T20:14:47+00:00 August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mentoring Matters—Johnny Sung

I’ve written in the past about the value of mentorship, particularly for young people participating in pipeline programs like HealthPATH’s, which are focused on exposing youth to the world of work and getting them on track to finish high school and pursue a post-secondary certificate or degree. Many of the young people who participate in [...]

2019-06-06T22:19:51+00:00 May 30th, 2019|Categories: Impact, Workforce Development|0 Comments

Diversifying the Healthcare Workforce

In my last blog post, I discussed the looming shortage of healthcare workers in California. A deeper look at the shortage reveals that it is not just about the sheer number of workers required to meet the healthcare needs of the state’s residents, but also about the composition of the healthcare workforce. By 2030, people [...]

2019-05-09T16:15:32+00:00 May 8th, 2019|Categories: Community Health, Economic Health, Workforce Development|0 Comments

California Faces Dire Shortage of Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare is a driver of California’s economy and represents 12.6% of the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Employment in the healthcare sector provides jobs for 1.4 million Californians. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment in healthcare nationally is projected to grow 18% between 2016 and 2026, and similar increases are expected in [...]

2019-04-22T17:26:50+00:00 April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

HealthPATH = Teaching All

Teaching all, part of Alameda Health System’s (AHS) mission statement was on full display this week as 44 Oakland Unified School District high school students graduated from the AHS HealthPATH program. At the graduation HealthPATH participants had a chance to share about their experience. “There wasn’t one defining moment in this program for me because [...]

2019-02-08T18:03:19+00:00 January 11th, 2019|Categories: Community Health, Economic Health, Impact, Workforce Development|0 Comments