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6/10/2013 - H2P Consortium, Health Careers Collaborative Are Getting National Recognition

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June 10, 2013

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H2P Consortium, Health Careers Collaborative Are Getting National Recognition
The Health Professions Pathways (H2P) Consortium and the Health Careers Collaborative which gave rise to it are in line for national recognition this summer.

Cincinnati State plays a key role in both enterprises.

The H2P Consortium will be featured during an “Americas” session of the Clinton Global Initiative June 13-14 in Chicago. President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005 “to promote solutions to challenges around the world,” according to its website. Dr. Marianne Krismer, the executive director of the H2P consortium, has been invited to attend the June meeting to discuss what is being described as an example of a best practice in “Career Pathway Implementation with Employer Support.”

The H2P Consortium consists of nine community colleges, led by Cincinnati State. It was founded in 2011 through a $19.6 million U.S. Labor Department grant. The consortium operates across five states, and focuses on preparation for careers in the healthcare industry. It is particularly designed for displaced workers, veterans and low skilled individuals.

The model used by the H2P Consortium was largely developed by the Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, which was founded in 2003. Among the strategies incorporated into their approaches:

  • Employers form partnerships with educational institutions and workforce training organizations, to assure that the education process is purposefully integrated with job requirements.
  • Participants receive career assessment services.
  • In addition to giving participants credit for prior learning, the programs typically feature a competency-based core curriculum that integrates “stackable” credentials which lead to certificates and degrees.
  • Participants have access to life skills training, if necessary, as well as “wrap around” advising that is designed to help them land jobs in the healthcare industry or advance in their careers if they already hold jobs.

“The Health Professions Pathways colleges are implementing new pathway models in ways that reflect the individual nuances within their regional communities,” Dr. Krismer said. “There are, however, common themes and practices that are being evaluated. We are now planning a strategy for national dissemination that includes open source licensing of our courses and curriculum.”

Following the presentation at the Clinton Global Initiative, Dr. Krismer will travel to Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati to accept an award presented by the “National Journal.” After a national search, the publication selected the Health Careers Collaborative as one of the “50 Problem Solvers Washington Can Learn From.” The honorees will be profiled in the June 15 special issue of the National Journal and will be honored at a day-long forum June 19.

 

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