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Thursday January 12, 2017
Young health care worker reading to older man
When it comes to the frailest among us, it is most likely a woman who does the caring. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data, in 2016 women accounted for 87 percent of the nursing assistant workforce, 87 percent of home health aides, and 83 percent of all personal aides. Women of color are disproportionately employed in all of these caring occupations, as are single mothers and immigrant women. Because these occupations pay so little, most of the women in these health care support occupations remain poor, unable to support their own families even as they work full time...
Tags: Health Care, Career Pathways
Tuesday September 22, 2015
Students Recount Experiences in Adult Education Pathways Programs  In honor of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, JFF is sharing two profiles of Accelerating Opportunity students. Their experiences and accomplishments demonstrate the difference that education can make for both individuals and their families. We hope that you will find their stories as inspiring as we do. Erin Chavez is a single mother who successfully completed a certificate program in the Healthcare Foundation through Accelerating Opportunity and is now currently pursuing her RN degree with the support of...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Manufacturing, Health Care, Adult Basic Education
Monday June 9, 2014
Originally posted on the Huffington Post Business Blog on June 9, 2014 Enactment of the Affordable Care Act legislation is transforming the delivery of health care, with an objective to make it more accessible and affordable. With these lofty goals, how can health care organizations ensure they are competitive amid a rapidly changing health care landscape? How can they attract and retain the best candidates to staff their hospitals and medical facilities? A good place to start is by investing in the skills and career development of their existing frontline workforce. Frontline health care...
Tags: Health Care, Career Pathways
Tuesday April 22, 2014
Boy in classroom with his art self portrait
This blog was originally posted by The California Endowment. Fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, America is still vexed by how to move more people up the economic ladder. Among other challenges, our education and job training systems are typically ill-equipped to prepare low-income young people with skills for good jobs or further education. This is largely because education and training institutions cannot effectively teach young people these skills without having ways to mitigate issues associated with their poverty. Unfortunately few do. But more could, if...
Tags: Career Pathways, Competency Education, Credentials, Dropout Recovery, Health Care, Opportunity Youth, Student-Centered Learning
Thursday January 23, 2014
Why We Need to Recognize America's Frontline Health Care Workers
Originally posted on the Huffington Post Business Blog on January 20, 2014 If you've entered a hospital lately, whether for a routine medical test or complex surgical procedure, you might think that nurses or doctors would provide most of your care. In fact, the reality is that frontline workers—ranging from phlebotomists to medical assistants, certified nursing assistants to housekeeping staff—play a vital, yet often overlooked, role in the quality of patient care. What is surprising is that despite performing these important jobs, frontline workers in health care typically earn less than $...
Tags: Health Care, Workforce Partnership