As always, job training and workforce development activities represented the core of GPHP’s work over the past year. Job-seekers and incumbent workers at employer partners participated in a wide range of trainings over the course of the year, on topics including workforce readiness, communications and customer service, infection control, coding and the Electronic Health Record, and more. This broad suite of training programs is just a sample of the full range available to partner organizations at reduced costs. This year, GPHP completed a total of 230 such trainings.
GPHP also continued its successful US Department of Labor-funded grant programs subsidizing OJT placements for un– and under-employed workers in Greater Philadelphia’s healthcare sector. GPHP successfully closed out the first of these grants in Spring 2016, and has seen growing success in beating placements targets in the second grant so far this year. This new grant enabled the addition of two new occupations (Community Health Worker and Data Analyst) and a Registered Apprenticeship model to the menu of OJT options available to participating employers.
Registered Apprenticeship — a top priority for the Obama and Wolf administrations — was a key component of GPHP’s work this year, culminating in a graduation ceremony at Philadelphia FIGHT for Pennsylvania’s first CHW Registered Apprentices upon their achieving journey-worker status. GPHP Director Susan Thomas and Emerging Occupations Coordinator Dawn Johnson have continued to play a major role in CHW advocacy in Pennsylvania, helping lead task force committees on employer outreach, training and policy change to support the broader use of CHW services in Pennsylvania.
As it begins its 12th year of service, GPHP looks forward to the contributions it can continue making to the success of the Greater Philadelphia region’s health industry and workforce.