Futuro Health’s ‘WorkforceRx’ for the Allied Health Labor Market Crisis

eConnection January 2022

This Month’s Highlights

Van Ton-Quinlivan,
CEO Futuro Health

Following a successful 2021, Futuro Health is preparing for an even more impactful 2022. This marks our third year, and we continue to be inspired by our diverse students and our thriving ecosystem of partners. Our added focus for 2022 includes:

  • Emphasizing Human Touch Healthcare™ skills in all of our students.
  • Showing our capacity to provide workforce solutions at scale by growing the largest network of allied health workers in the nation. Take, for example, medical assistants: we enrolled 1,314 medical assistants in 2021 and will sponsor 2,140 students through training with one of our higher education partners in 2022.
  • Moving into degree-associated occupationsOur catalog will add degree-bearing Surgical Technician and Licensed Vocational Nursing training programs at selected colleges by year-end.
  • Growing regional collaborations and broader partnerships.

Futuro Health 2021 Points of Pride

  • We achieved our 2021 enrollment goal. We enrolled over 3,500 adults into healthcare programs with our education partners. This brings the total to over 5,000 students served by Futuro Health since our launch in 2020.
  • We embraced diversity. Our students reflect 80% ethnic diversity, 51% bilingualism, 73% female and average age 30 — with thanks to SEIU-UHW for their broad outreach.
  • Vaccination campaign launched. Futuro Health provided nursing and allied health students an opportunity to gain clinical hours by joining the frontline battle against COVID-19. We delivered 25,000 staffing hours, 7,500 clinical hours, and played a role in administering 677,100 vaccines in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health, the California Medical Association, and Dignity Health.
  • We created 29 WorkforceRx podcasts. National leaders and innovators shared their insights into creating a future-focused workforce.
  • We shared knowledge upon launching our CEO’s book WorkforceRx: Agile and Inclusive Strategies for Employers, Educators and Workers in Unsettled Times. The American Medical Association, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, National Governors Association and Strada Education Network joined us in celebration.

With the birth of her son, Alonna B. decided she needed to change her life. As the result of the training she received through Futuro Health, Alonna has a bright future in a medical career that will provide for her and her child.

“I wouldn’t be in the medical field without Futuro,” Alonna says.

Meet Alonna


Partnership is the Prescription to Cure What Ails The Allied Health Workforce, Forbes

Empowering Adults to Continue Their Education and ‘Skill Up’, Media Planet

Futuro Health, MercyPlus, DHGE Give Attention to Looming Behavioral Health Crisis with Community Health Worker Program, Dignity Health Global

Futuro Health Welcomes Jim Mayer to the Board of Directors

Governor Appoints Futuro Health CEO to New Health Workforce Education Training Council, EdSource

WorkforceRx Podcast: Tracy Palandjian, CEO and Co-Founder of Social Finance

Episode #30, The Impact of Private Investment in Workforce Development

The practice of impact investing -- also known as socially responsible investing – has been in place in the U.S. for decades, but more recently, a subset of that field has focused on improving economic mobility. In this episode of WorkforceRx, Futuro Health CEO Van Ton-Quinlivan is joined by Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance, who is focused on reimagining the role of the capital markets in enabling economic progress. “Our societal challenges are so vast, they require more than what philanthropy and the government can give. So, increasingly, people are asking the question, "What is the role of investors in driving social change?" Tune in to learn about a new way to fund education and training called Career Impact Bonds, collaborations at the state level to support workforce development in key industries, and how these efforts are targeted at people who face significant barriers to workforce participation. This is a great opportunity to learn about innovative alternatives for funding a critical need as labor shortages continue to challenge the U.S. economy.

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More WorkforceRx Podcasts

Episode #28
In this episode of WorkforceRx, Katie Nielson, PhD, joins Futuro Health CEO Van Ton Quinlivan to describe how she works with employers to tap the potential of this talent pool.

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Episode #24
If you’re wondering why there are ten million unfilled jobs in the U.S. despite having an unemployment rate above pre-pandemic levels, Ryan Craig has part of the answer.

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Episode #20
CThis episode takes you to one of several live panel sessions held to celebrate the launch of the book.

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Episode #26
Maria Flynn, president and CEO of Jobs for the Future, is hopeful, but is not yet seeing the “blue sky redesign” discussion she thinks is necessary.

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About Futuro Health 

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. We have enrolled over 5,000 diverse adults into healthcare programs with our education partners since our launch in 2020.

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