Apprenticeships in Healthcare: A Growing Trend! 

Healthcare employers have always recognized the value of guided hands-on learning, but now more are turning to the time-tested earn-and-learn training model of apprenticeships to develop skilled labor in their organizations. By combining hands-on training with classroom instruction, apprenticeships for occupations such as medical assistants, health IT, community health workers, and nursing are gaining in popularity as a strategy that addresses critical vacancies, increases worker productivity and improves retention. 

CareerSTAT partner organizations are actively designing and implementing apprenticeships in healthcare, but tell us what your organization is doing. Learn more below and see the resources section for peer-learning opportunities and resources to support apprenticeship adoption. 

  • The Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership offers a youth behavioral health pre-apprenticeship program for individuals ages 17-24.
  • New York Alliance for Healthcare Careers in partnership with 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, and LaGuardia Community College recently launched a community health worker apprenticeship 
Peer Learning Opportunities 
WorkshopsHope Street’s Health Career Pathways Network is offering a series of workshops dedicated to helping regions develop specific career pathways, including apprenticeships, for their priority job families.  

Webinar: Join the AHIMA Foundation on March 23rd at 12pm CST to learn about Apprenticeships in Health Information Management: An Effective Workforce Planning Model for Employers.  Learn more and register here
The Benefits and Costs of Apprenticeships: A Business Perspective demonstrates the business case for apprenticeships and quantifies cost savings overtime.  The report highlights Dartmouth-Hitchcock which implemented a medical assistant (MA) apprenticeship program to support a major expansion and reorganization of its medical services. “The program nearly paid for itself within the first year and had an internal rate of return of at least 40 percent. In addition, reducing the long-term use of overtime helped relieve staff burnout and turnover.” 
Take our One-Minute Apprenticeship Survey

To match its expanded mission and growing network, CareerSTAT has a new brand! The new logo communicates CareerSTAT’s role of bringing together diverse networks to “Advance Healthcare’s Frontline Workers.” Let us know what you think and stay tuned for new resources and materials from CareerSTAT.
Join the CareerSTAT Network
CareerSTAT is a network of almost 200 healthcare and workforce leaders with the goal of advancing healthcare’s frontline workers. CareerSTAT works to encourage peer learning, spread innovative practices, and support organizations in developing their frontline.
Join the CareerSTAT network to access technical assistance, peer learning opportunities, and industry-vetted best practices.
Each quarter we welcome new partners that come with innovative ideas and a desire to learn from peers across the country. Membership is free and open to all. 
  • Metro North Regional Employment Board
  • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
  • Arch Education Foundation
  • Rennes Group
  • University Health System
  • Home Care Aide Council
  • Regional Employment Board of Hampden County
  • Cross Keys Village 
  • HealthPartners
  • Women's Foundation of California
  • Lawrence Partnership
  • Billings Clinic
  • New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition
  • Parkland Health & Hospital System 
  • Guardian Elder Care
  • DeKalb Medical

Meet CareerSTAT’s New Chair, Joanne Pokaski

We spoke with the next chair of the CareerSTAT Executive CommitteeJoanne Pokaski about her vision for CareerSTAT. Joanne is the Director of Workforce Development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  located in Boston, MA. As one of the largest academic medical institutions in Massachusetts, a key partner of the National Fund’s Boston partner SkillWorks and a CareerSTAT Champion, BIDMC is a leader in developing and advancing frontline healthcare workers.

We spoke with Joanne as she is starting her leadership to hear how CareerSTAT has impacted her organization and what excites her about leading the CareerSTAT network.

Read the Conversation

Meet Rebecca and Mikaela!

The National Fund is excited to welcome Rebecca Krueger and Mikaela Romero to our team! Rebecca has started as a Program Manager with a specific focus on growing CareerSTAT and supporting efforts to invest in frontline workers. Mikaela is supporting all National Fund activities and initiatives as a Program Assistant. 

We're Hiring: Communications Assistant and Retail Industry Director

The National Fund is hiring a Communications and Development Assistant and a Retail Industry Director. Please visit our Careers page for more details and please share with potential candidates. 

The Communications and Development Assistant will provide support to the President and CEO in development and grant management and to the Communications Director in content development and strategic communications. 

The Retail Industry Director will have specific responsibility for developing, growing and implementing the National Fund’s new work with the retail and hospitality sectors in the National Fund’s partner communities. The Director will also work closely with the entire National Fund team in the implementation of the National Fund’s mission and its three-year goals. 

New Guides, Reports & News 
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CareerSTAT Guide to Investing in Frontline Healthcare Workers
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