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CHA Healthcare Workforce Coalition Announces Grant Awards

The CHA Healthcare Workforce Coalition is pleased to announce that five mini-grants, funded by The California Endowment, will be awarded to CHA members in 2010 for the purpose of increasing regional allied health workforce diversity and cultural competency.

Following is a list of the grantees and a brief description of each proposal:

  • Community Hospital of San Bernardino: Project will improve cultural and linguistic competency of incumbent staff and strengthen partnerships with local high schools to increase allied health career awareness. This will be accomplished though a focused staff tuition reimbursement program for allied health training; partnering with a local school district to provide a course about allied health careers for high school students; and offering continuing education opportunities for area allied health professionals to develop cultural awareness and competency.
  • Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula: This project will provide continuing education and in-service training for diverse incumbent employees. The hospital will partner with two local adult schools to provide several courses. These will include English as a second language; medical terminology in Spanish for English speakers; and protocols and techniques for interpretation in the medical setting.
  • Kaiser Permanente: Project will provide linguistic training and other allied health skill building opportunities for the Central Valley region. This will be achieved through several programs, including recruiting and training employees to become certified as qualified bilingual staff; offering an English as a Second Language program that utilizes portable electronic notepads to increase conversational English; and working with two local high school health career academies to develop and deliver presentations and resources on critical-need allied health positions and career paths.
  • John Muir Health System: Project will provide support for an annual JMH internship program which serves ethnically diverse, underserved students. Through partnerships with several Contra Costa County high schools, interns will be placed in various departments, such as Radiology / Medical Imaging, Pharmacy, and MuirLab. Many of those departments also sponsor externships at allied health schools. 
  • Barlow Respiratory Hospital: Project will support Barlow Respiratory Hospital’s Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Scholar Program. The goal of the RRT Scholar Program is to increase diversity and cultural competency in the health care workforce, while ensuring a smooth transition from school to professional practice. Scholarships, mentoring and training for respiratory therapy students in their final year of RT education and training at East Los Angeles College/Santa Monica College will be provided through this project. 

CHA and The California Endowment are excited about these projects and look forward to working with the grantees in 2010. Contact: Cathy Martin, (916) 552-7511,