eConnection November2021

This Month’s Highlights

Van Ton-Quinlivan,
CEO Futuro Health

Futuro Health, UC Berkeley, CSUs, Community Colleges Mobilize to Grow Public Health Workforce

Consortium Awarded $10M Federal Grant to Establish Public Health IT Pathways

“I am so pleased that this project will form a consortium to collectively provide a high quality and unique educational opportunity for over 700 underserved students on interdisciplinary approaches in public health informatics and technology,” said Professor Kamiar Alaei, MD, MPH, MS, DrPH, MSt, Department Chair of Health Science at California State University, Long Beach, and the principal investigator/director for the project.

“Futuro Health played a catalytic role in forming this intersegmental partnership between public institutions which will bring more Californians into much needed public health careers. Our collaboration will create opportunity for adults to access these careers and better position the state to address health outcomes,” said Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO of Futuro Health, and former Executive Vice-Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.

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Futuro Health Students Share Their Successes

"I actually just finished and got a job offer as well... I would share that it was well worth it!"

Medical Assistant Student

"Going through life, I found out that having a mentor—having a coach—is very key. Being around a community, or a team, or a group, can help you get to where you want to go a lot faster and with a lot less bumps in the road."

Health IT Student, On The Role That Futuro Health’s Navigators Played In His Education

"The CHW program gives me a great foundation to understand community work and how access to healthcare affects certain communities. It can be difficult to navigate the pathways and financial options available to you, especially if you’re a first-generation college student. You worry about what colleges you can afford and what options are available to you, which makes it important for low-cost options like Futuro Health to be accessible to those communities."

Community Health Worker Student

Experts Discuss WorkforceRx Book Chapters 1 & 2

WorkforceRx: Agile and Inclusive Strategies for Employers, Educators and Workers in Unsettled Times is a collection of proven workforce development strategies refined for the private, public, education, and nonprofit sectors—a playbook for connecting work and workers with training in an uncertain economy.

This best-selling book was launched with author Van Ton-Quinlivan welcoming some of the nation’s leading workforce development experts to discuss what strategies and insights from Chapters One and Two resonated most with them, and what they would do differently after reading the book. Check out this insightful discussion about matching people with the right skills at the right time, regionalization of higher education, aggregating the demand for labor, and much more from this powerful new playbook for the future of work.

Panelists include:

  • Ophelia Basgal, Chair of the Board of Trustees, San Francisco Foundation;
  • Ann Randazzo, retired Executive Director, Center For Energy Workforce Development;
  • Brenda Curiel, Managing Director, Center For Corporate Innovation;
  • Beth Cobert, Chief Operating Officer, Markle Foundation;
  • Tom Cohenno, Principal, Applied Learning Science;
  • David Gatewood, Dean, Shasta College and
  • Deb Nankivell, Chief Executive Officer, Fresno Business Council.

Book proceeds go to benefit Futuro Health’s nonprofit mission.

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WorkforceRx Podcast: Maria Flynn, President & CEO of Jobs for the Future

Episode #26, Now Is the Time to Ask the Hard Questions

The combination of a unique economic moment and major new funding out of Washington is creating an opportunity to rethink workforce development policies and programs. But will the tough questions be asked that will lead to a significant reshaping of the nation’s approach? 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. “We are largely operating public systems that were designed for a different era. A lot of the conversations now are about funding but are not questioning those underlying assumptions of ‘are these the systems that we need for today and the future’? My answer to that is largely no,” says Flynn. There’s a lot to learn in this probing conversation with Futuro Health CEO Van Ton Quinlivan about transforming American education and workforce systems, the growing corporate role in education, helping employers deliver on diversity, strategies to boost innovation, taking a regional approach to economic development and much more.

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Other Recent WorkforceRx Podcasts

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 #22 
The nation’s governors have their hands full navigating an uneven economic recovery and turbulent labor market. Fortunately, they can draw on the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.

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Episode #20
Check out this expansive discussion to learn how broadband access, AI, higher education and hiring practices fit into the strategy and how the U.S. can better position itself as a global innovation leader.

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Episode #8
Finding qualified workers has become a chronic and deeply concerning struggle for U.S. employers, but as our guest on this episode of WorkforceRx sees it, this is a self-inflicted problem.

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