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Demand for skilled staff in healthcare continues to increase, primarily due to the Affordable Care Act and aging baby boomers. For example, in Pierce County nine of ten in-demand positions are in healthcare, with three of the top ten employers being healthcare systems or hospitals.
The military population is a key source of talent to meet these demands. However, the current approach to transitioning military to these professions fails to fully leverage their experience and education and lacks consistency. This creates an unnecessarily lengthy and, sometimes, confusing process.
Funding to address this issue as provided by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges through a grant in its Workforce Special Projects.
One of the effort’s goals was to complete a statewide process and implementation plan for transitioning Military Medic to Allied Health professions.
Best Practices were researched, with one of the most promising approaches coming from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. In this program, they evaluate a Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) and grant the student a “floor” or minimum credit for that MOS, based on military education and training. They have 11,000 articulations recorded following this approach.
Similarly, Lansing (Michigan) Community College created a Medic to Paramedic pathway that includes awarding 9 credits to medics for their military education and experience and 15 credits for EMT-Basic (medics are certified EMTs).
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2014 Community Health Worker Training
DOH Offers Free Online Training
The Department of Health announces that registration is open for the 2014 Community Health Worker Training. This FREE online training is part of the Healthy Communities Washington initiative to increase access to quality preventative health care services and other community resources.
The DOH is working with Local Health Jurisdictions and the Breast, Cervical and Colon Heath Program to facilitate these trainings four times a year in seven regions around the state.
The training lasts eight weeks and is delivered through a blend of in-person and online classes. Participants gain valuable skills to reduce barriers and coordinate care for people. After completing the core training, participants have access to 8 one-week training modules on health specific topics like heart disease, diabetes, and prostate cancer.
Participants should plan on spending two to four hours each week completing the online portion of the training.
Find more information on the Department of Health website at http://www.doh.wa.gov/CHWTS.
- Highlights the benefits of the training system.
- Lists the training dates and locations.
- Lists contact information for department staff involved with the Training System.
- Provides a link to registration.
- Provides a map that shows the Community Health Worker Training System regional areas.