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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Rackliff

Creating Employment Opportunities in Health Professions

Updated: May 11, 2020

Working with the federal government, this project focused on building the capacity of low-income populations in the health care field that were high paid and were expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. This project focused on building the capacity of low-income populations through collaborations with state and local social supports, colleges and universities, workforce investment boards, and hospitals, businesses, and other organizations providing health care services. We used evidence-based, career-pathway oriented strategies for assisting these populations in overcoming employment barriers and improve family self-sufficiency.

Through this project, we provided direct technical assistance and coaching to federal grantees by creating a space for relationship building among grantees, building knowledge and capacity of program leadership, identifying key stakeholders, determining site needs, and managing the development of resource documents to respond to identified needs and expectations. We developed and supported implementation of project strategic plans that were grounded in change theory, reflected adult learning principles, and were aimed at improving service delivery and effectiveness of partnerships. These efforts helped to increase employability and improve employment outcomes for low-skilled, low-income individuals, and strengthened economic self-sufficiency among individuals, families, and communities. We coordinated the development of lessons learned and promising practices briefs, managed project priorities, served as a resource for addressing challenges and problems with project sites, assessed strengths and weaknesses of the project at-large and of project sites, and leveraged knowledge gained to improve technical assistance efforts.


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