The report and summary highlight major accomplishments in our efforts to address critical health care workforce shortages in the L.A. region by ensuring underserved young adults from diverse, local communities engage with high-demand, living wage career pathways in the industry.
As the report indicates:
- 87 percent of the 993 students we served in the 2018-19 academic year (in partnership with 115 employer partners) live in economically disadvantaged households, and 92 percent identify as Latinx and 7 percent as African American;
- 138 students were placed into jobs or paid internships, even though 60 percent had no prior formal work experience;
- The overwhelming majority of participating students reported: increased knowledge of health care careers (84 percent), enhanced motivation to complete high school and enroll in higher education (80 percent), and confidence in being prepared for their first job or internship (90 percent); and
- The vast majority of participating employers reported: interns performed as well as other interns at the company (90 percent), would participate again (92 percent), and would recommend the internship to other employers (100 percent).
The report also includes a wealth of data as well as student and employer testimonials that captures the importance of work-based learning, a first job and/or internship, and strengthening health care education and career pathways. I hope you will take a few moments to check them out.
None of these remarkable student and employer successes would have been possible without the ongoing partnership and support of our employer, school, CBO, government, and funder partners. We are grateful to continue working with our valued partners to keep the momentum going in 2020 despite all of the current challenges posed by COVID-19 on education and workforce programs.
Thank you again for your partnership! If you have any questions about what’s in the report or our UNITE-LA’s ongoing health care workforce efforts, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
On behalf of UNITE-LA’s Health Care Talent Pipeline team,
Director, Workforce Development