How Healthcare Jobs can Become a Pathway out of Poverty

Charlotte Is Creating New Jobs In The Healthcare Field With CHS

Almost 25 percent of the people living in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area are existing in a state of poverty. This could change because the healthcare industry has jobs available with a middle-class income. The answer may well be in careers in healthcare.

A study regarding the economic mobility of the area was conducted by Harvard. The White House announced an initiative in April 2016 called Health Careers Pathways. This initiative incorporates the collaboration of seven communities all over the country for a specialized model. The idea is to help under served residents benefit from healthcare jobs. In the next decade, the expectation is 3.5 million new jobs being created all over the nation in the field of healthcare. Charlotte is one of the seven communities and they are focusing on non-clinical roles at entry-level positions within the industry. Job training and career opportunities are expected to expand with the efforts of the city leaders, healthcare executives, and the local school district.

The healthcare system in the Carolina’s is expanding their recruiting efforts all over the Charlotte area with the expansion of development partnerships in the workforce. These partnerships include The Urban League of Central Carolinas, Dress for Success, and Goodwill Industries. They are considered a giant in the healthcare field and their current employment exceeds 60,000 nonclinical and clinical professions. Their centers are located all over Mecklenburg County and encompass more than 900 health centers.

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The Chief Human Resources Officer for CHS is Debra Plousha Moore. She stated they are placing their efforts into expanding the community work that has been done for more than thirty years by the nonprofit health agency. She believes that since the White House network has added their support CHS will be able to commit to their expansion efforts. This includes providing the residents with specialized training skills and providing the necessary training for the students graduating from high school to prepare them to work in the health services field and acquire jobs with much better pay. Careers in healthcare have the potential to help eliminate poverty in the future.

Plousha Moore is a leader in human resources and has looked closely at the current and future state of the work situation in the community. She believes the answer is pipelines leading to a highly skilled workforce. This would allow for numerous careers within the system by professionals. She fully understands the difficulties and challenges associated with entering into the organization because it is so specialized.

CHS has created partnerships with both universities and local community colleges to make certain the training programs required for the constantly evolving field of the healthcare system are met. Plousha Moore believes when the independent training programs of CHS are combined with these institutions it will result in pipelines to healthcare jobs from the vast network of CHS. This network includes pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, and urgent care centers.

CHS created a partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in 2015 with their focus being the younger generation who are eager and interested in working in the healthcare field. They are willing to earn money and gain experience on a part time basis. The reason the CHS Career Pathways Institute was established was to offer positions in patient care to the graduating seniors from high school. The positions would be part-time and maintain flexibility to allow the students to attend college. Summer jobs on a full-time basis were additionally given to high school students through the pilot of a program for year-round internship. During the student’s college academic year, the positions were transitioned to part-time. Plousha Moore wants to see the expansion of both programs.

The doctors and patient services within the CHS network are vast. The interns help callers navigate through the system by working in the human resources department. In addition to their primary duties at work the students receive mentorship from healthcare professionals including doctors. Leadership assessments are completed by the students to determine their strengths and skills so they take the right path in the healthcare field. People who have attended the program have continued their education at Central Piedmont College, UNC Chapel Hill, and UNC Charlotte.

The director of youth programs for Charlotte is Dawn Hill. She believes in the partnership between CHS and her office that has lasted for decades. This has resulted in more than 4,000 youths between sixteen and eighteen receiving the exposure for CHS career opportunities every year. This is accomplished through healthcare demonstrations and numerous career fairs.

The mayor’s office is planning to add more science and health related internships by expanding the work they do with CHS, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and Novant Health so high school students will have the opportunity to intern at healthcare centers and pharmacies. The program will begin by employing 350 interns for the summer months with their expansion goal being 1,000 interns. According to Dawn Hill, they plan to push health and tech services to show the connection between technology and science and give students new career pathways for their exploration. She believes the youth need positive messages when they choose their careers and the city’s work opportunities are critical.

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