The Alameda Health System Foundation (AHSF) and Alameda Health System (AHS) in partnership with our funder, The Atlantic Philanthropies, are excited to announce the creation of the Pipeline to Opportunities Program (POP). POP will prepare Oakland’s youth and young adults for sustainable healthcare career opportunities in their communities. Along with training and mentoring opportunities, it aims to retain participants in the community to serve the community.
The Pipeline to Opportunities Program will enable AHS to robustly expand the existing pathways programs it currently supports: Health Excellence & Academic Leadership (HEAL) program and Mentoring in Medicine & Science (MIMS) program. POP will enable these programs to expand their reach to students from middle school and high school (as part of a partnership with Oakland Unified School District), through to college.
It will also develop programming and healthcare career options for young adult learners by strengthening AHS’ partnership with the Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency’s (ACHCSA’s) Emergency Medical Technician (EMTs) and Health Coach training programs which provide health career training opportunities for young adults from low-income backgrounds.
Another important component is the creation of the Health Professions Education and Training Center (HPETC) whose physical location (in Oakland [TBD]) will house the administrative and operational functions of POP. Most importantly it will also house classrooms, computer labs, and a simulation lab, where mentoring, coaching and hands-on learning will occur.
About our funder for this initiative, The Atlantic Philanthropies: The Atlantic Philanthropies is dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic is a limited-life foundation that will complete grantmaking in 2016. To learn more, please visit: www.atlanticphilanthropies.org.