HealthPATH Now

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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 [...]

2019-09-05T19:10:56+00:00 September 4th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|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 [...]

2019-08-02T05:56:22+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

Individual Health and Community Health Are Deeply Intertwined

In recent years, our understanding of what makes people sick—and keeps them healthy—has changed dramatically. It used to be that genetics, an individual’s health-related behaviors, and access to healthcare services were considered the most important determinants of a person’s health. Now, a slew of research shows that many factors combine to affect the health of [...]

2018-01-11T21:18:31+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Community Health, Economic Health, Impact|0 Comments

Mentors Are Key to Short-Term Achievement, Long-Term Wellness

Poverty negatively affects the health of young people—they often attend low-achieving schools, live in unsafe neighborhoods, and have poor self-esteem. Those who find their way out of poverty in adulthood remain at higher risk for chronic illnesses like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Researchers, including a team at Northwestern University, are illuminating ways to help young [...]

2018-01-11T21:21:30+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Community Health|0 Comments