Extending its Commitment to Public-Private Partnerships and Equity in Healthcare.

Sacramento, Calif. – Futuro Health is continuing to grow its managerial and executive team with a focus on hiring allied health veterans with a commitment to building public-private partnerships and a focus on healthcare equity. With the recent addition of three healthcare field experts, Futuro Health has expanded its team as the nonprofit develops new programs to meet the demand for allied healthcare workers.

“These leaders will ensure Futuro Health looks ahead into the future of care and positions our ecosystem of partners to ready the needed inclusive workforce,” said Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO of Futuro Health

Helen Fairchild, Vice President of Programs

Helen Fairchild brings almost two decades of educational and healthcare experience to her new role as Futuro Health’s Vice President of Programs. Fairchild is a highly accomplished academic operations professional with broad knowledge and experience in all aspects of education business management, training and development, curriculum design, and student support services. Fairchild previously served as National Dean of Curriculum for an allied health career college where she was responsible for the instructional quality, student outcomes and achievement, and faculty development of 17 campuses across multiple states.

“It is my belief that equity and diversity can lead to greater student success and achievement,” said Fairchild. “Strong student outcomes are something I value and have always held myself accountable to in the communities we serve. This harmonizes with the values of Futuro Health and it is why I wanted to join them in achieving their mission.”

Fairchild began her path in allied health as a dental assistant in a clinical environment, where she quickly established her expertise and developed a unique ability to educate and mentor others. In addition to her extensive academic experience, Fairchild has remained a driving force in the dental profession. She consults with the Dental Board of California on regulatory initiatives and provides actionable insights to programs seeking approval to offer dental assisting programs and certification courses.

Fairchild also serves as a subject matter expert and author for national publishers of allied health and health science titles. She has authored digital courseware content to augment learning in allied health professions, health science, and professional soft-skills competencies that are required for allied health workers.

Fairchild earned a bachelor’s degree in technical management and a master’s degree in human resource management from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

John Cordova, Program Director of Allied Health

John Cordova will serve as the Program Director of Allied Health at Futuro Health, following 19 years of experience within the California Community Colleges. During his tenure as a Statewide Director, Cordova worked exclusively with workforce and economic development initiatives, with a focus on nursing and allied health across the state. He also led a team of 10 Regional Directors to create training, professional development, and curriculum that met the needs of the healthcare industry. This combined experience made him an ideal fit for Futuro Health, where he will focus on growing and innovating the organization’s education and training catalog.

Cordova has taught in varied nursing career programs, including Certified Nurse Assistant, Licensed Vocational Nurse, and Associate Degree Nursing programs. He also brings community and public health nursing experience working with community health fairs, public health, residential and community care homes, long-term care, and most recently, vaccination centers.

“I am excited to join the Futuro Health team and bring an innovative approach to meeting the healthcare workforce needs,” said Cordova. “It is critical to focus on healthy communities and expand a diverse and equitable allied health workforce. Futuro Health’s approach to allied health education will provide underserved students with opportunities for middle-skill jobs that pay a living wage.”

Veenu Aulakh, Executive-in-Residence

Veenu Aulakh has joined Futuro Health as the organization’s new Executive-in-Residence. Aulakh comes from the Center for Care Innovations (CCI) where she served as president from 2012 to 2020, growing the organization’s staff, budget, and strategy to focus on strengthening the health and health care for under-invested communities across the country. There, Aulakh helped to build critical partnerships with health care providers, funders, entrepreneurs, and community partners to transform health.

As Executive-in-Residence, Aulakh will play a key role for the organization to evaluate ways Futuro Health can expand to serve more adults, identify new partnerships and opportunities for newly trained workers, and improve care for patients.

“I’m excited to join Futuro Health and see how I can help to build partnerships and opportunities to create meaningful career pathways for workers and ultimately improve the health of our communities,” said Aulakh.

Prior to CCI, Aulakh worked as a senior program officer at the California Health Care Foundation, where she managed program-related investments in organizations that have the potential to significantly lower the cost of care. She also led projects to improve the quality of primary care with an emphasis on information technology and patient engagement.

Aulakh held a number of positions within Kaiser Permanente related to improving quality of care, developing disease management programs, and increasing patient engagement. She also worked as a project manager with the diagnostics division of Abbott Laboratories.

For more information about working at Futuro Health and open positions, please visit https://futurohealth.org/about/careers/.


Futuro Health improves the health and wealth of communities by growing the largest network of credentialed allied health workers in the nation starting in California. We believe investing in education and skills training and retraining results in better-paying jobs for workers, better service for patients and better workers for employers to hire. Kaiser Permanente and Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) partnered to establish Futuro Health in January 2020 with a $130 million commitment.