healthcareMarch 2018 - Alturas, CA

On January 30, 2018 Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. (AFWD) organized an Employer’s Roundtable meeting with healthcare representatives from Modoc Medical Center, Canby Clinic, Mountain Valleys Health Centers, Mayers Memorial Hospital, Strong Family Health Center, Sierra Medical Services Alliance (SEMSA) and the CA299 Collaborative. The participants took part as members of the Rural Health Care Industry Sector Partnership whose mission is to improve the accessibility of quality healthcare in Northeastern California.

The goals of the partnership project are to identify employer workforce and training needs and improve the alignment between education and workforce resources in order to meet that objective. AFWD Executive Director, Traci Holt shared a presentation with the group recapping the positive progress made towards these goals and the assistance provided by AFWD over the last year. This assistance included funding for On the Job Trainings, Internships, HR Assistance and Client Support. Additionally, AFWD hosted a Leadership Training series titled “Leading in a Health Care Environment.” Traci shared future training opportunities including the possibility of bringing “Hi-Touch Health Care: The Critical Six Soft Skills” to Modoc County.

Consultant Rudeen Monte shared Labor Market Information and the progress made on filling positions in Modoc County in the Healthcare field. She also reported about the collaboration between Modoc Medical Center and College of the Siskiyou's to offer Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training, the partnership between Lassen College and SEMSA for EMT training and lastly Lassen College’s Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program. The Lassen LVN program recently saw 18 students graduate all of which were assisted by AFWD with funding for training required expenses such as tuition, supplies, travel expenses and testing/licensing fees.

Additionally, Jennifer Caravantes from the CA299 Health Collaborative gave a presentation which highlighted the efforts over the last three years between hospitals and clinics along Highway 299 to recruit healthcare professionals for their facilities. The collaborative recently launched a website that allows job seekers to explore the area and find jobs that are available in each community. The key point that everyone agreed on was that Modoc County cannot compete with the higher wages offered in larger counties. Instead, local healthcare providers need to showcase the unique and wonderful aspects of Modoc County.