HealthPATH is a career development initiative of Alameda Health System (AHS). Its mission is to improve the lives of Alameda County residents by providing education and training that leads to careers in healthcare. It advances this mission by providing internships, volunteer opportunities, and other work-based learning experiences for young people from middle school through early adulthood. An umbrella entity, HealthPATH houses a continuum of age-appropriate work-based learning programs, shown below, that provide career exploration and entry-level employment opportunities.
Participants gain firsthand knowledge of healthcare careers in a broad array of settings and interact with caring professionals—physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, technicians, executives, and frontline staff—who give their time to mentor the next generation of healthcare workers.
HealthPATH’s origins data back to 1990 when AHS launched the Health Excellence and Academic Leadership (HEAL) program. In 2015, AHS Foundation received a $10 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, which enabled AHS to build on the HEAL program to create HealthPATH.
A portion of the grant was used to construct and equip a state-of-the-art simulation center, the Health Professions Training and Education Center. Housed on AHS’s Highland campus, the Center simulates the hospital environment. It enables students, residents, physicians, and nurses to engage in hands-on learning and to experience a wide range of patient care situations in a safe setting. The Center opened in April 2018.