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Why was this program created?

On November 1, 2019, Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions established a four-year collective bargaining agreement that runs through September 30, 2023. Following ratification of this new labor agreement, Futuro Health was established by Kaiser Permanente and SEIU-UHW to improve the health and wealth of communities by investing in allied health education and skills training and retraining.

Who leads Futuro Health?

Futuro Health’s executive leadership and Board of Directors includes trailblazers from health care, education and labor.

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Futuro Health’s chief executive officer, is a nationally recognized thought leader in workforce development with a proven record for guiding and implementing large organizational change while fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration. Her distinguished career spans the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Who does the program serve?

Currently, the program serves people in California. The shortage of health care workers is most severe in California, with approximately 500,000 positions needing to be filled across all of health care by 2024. Although the initial focus will be on California, Futuro Health’s footprint will eventually include other states.

Who is eligible to apply for the program?

Eligibility will depend on the recruitment criteria set by each education pathway and tailored to the career. Additional criteria will be established should there be more qualified candidates than space.

What types of jobs are covered by the program?

The program will provide training and education for “allied” health care jobs, which refers to a wide range of clinical, administrative and support positions such as medical assistants, care coordinators, health information technicians, pharmacy technicians and laboratory workers, among others.

How is this program different from staffing agencies that place workers in health care settings?

Futuro Health recognizes that health care providers must be able to adapt to the needs of their industry and hence they use staffing agencies to source workers. Futuro Health is a new education-to-work model intent on bringing resources at scale to help students and workers keep pace with their industry. Futuro Health supports candidates through career exploration and coaching, education financing, and targeted education-to-work pathways towards their credential or licensure attainment. Futuro Health will grow a quality workforce valued by any staffing agency.

How soon will the first participants be ready for job placement?

Timing depends on the pacing of the student and which education pathway they are on. Some education pathways average 3-6 months while others take 18-24 months. Once accepted as a student, participants are encouraged to move through their curricular pathway as fast as they are able to obtain their industry-valued credential/license and be ready for the job placement process.

Will these newly trained workers only be hired by Kaiser Permanente?

Participation with Futuro Health is not a guarantee of employment with Kaiser Permanente or any other health care provider. However, those who complete a pathway will be supported to gain employment and are expected to work for multiple years in order to practice their skills.