UNITE-LA’s My Pathway to Health program launched last month with 30 participants. This paid, three-part program provides opportunity youth, ages 18-24, pathways into careers in allied health care. Throughout the program, participants are supported by staff, mentors and their peers. The first part of the program takes place over five weeks, where participants hear from professionals and educators in the health care field and explore career and educational opportunities as certified nursing assistants, phlebotomists, community health workers and Medi-Cal peer support specialists. They will then meet with mentors and staff to help support their decision-making process and complete the application process for the educational program of their choice.
Additionally, participants take a Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification course, which is required for most health care professionals; as well as professional and personal development courses. Upon completion of part one, participants will be provided the opportunity to move into part two of the program, where they will work with our educational partners in pursuit of an allied health certification in one of the above-mentioned pathways of their choice.