Workforce Pipeline in Health Careers

Health Care Workforce by the Numbers


Health-related careers are growing across the country. Here’s a look at which states claim the highest numbers of healthcare employment.
**Information/graphic provided by TUCK via the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation**


Health Education and Leadership Program (HELP) - High School

HELP logoThe Health Education Leadership Program (H.E.L.P.) was designed to promote and encourage health awareness, advocacy, interest, ability, and commitment to attending college and pursuing careers in medicine or any health science-related fields. H.E.L.P. currently serves high school students who reside and attend public or charter schools in DC., Maryland, and Virginia. The majority of the students that participate in H.E.L.P. are from Title I schools.

This program is year-round and longitudinal. It works with and tracks the student through their high school career and into college. The year-round programming consists of the following:

  1. Weekly virtual workshops after school.  Scholars will be exposed to industry professionals who can provide information about their academic journey and ways to maneuver through high school to gain academic success.
  2. Scholastic Aptitude Test preparation for 11th graders.  These meetings are virtual and take place twice per week. 
  3. College Admissions and Preparation for 12th graders.  High school seniors will meet one day per week to discuss college admissions and the college application process. 
  4. Academic Coaching takes place twice per month.  Each scholar enrolled in H.E.L.P. will meet with the Director to discuss time management, organization, relationship-building, and strategies to network with faculty and other stakeholders in their field of interest. 

The goal of H.E.L.P. is to increase the number of health care practitioners from historically excluded populations who will practice in the communities from which they come.

Alumni of the program:

  • Chizaram Ike-Lemuwa - Howard University (c/o '22)
  • Dina Abdon - George Mason University (c/o '22)
  • Amanda Adebakin - University of Maine at Presque Isle (c/o '22)
  • Nicholas Dingle - Virginia Union University
  • Cameron Kemp - Prince George's Community College
  • Cyree Beckett - University District of Columbia 
  • Christian Diaz- Northern Virginia Community College
  • Taloni McKinney - Temple University
  • Noell Buck - Clark Atlana University
  • Vertez Utley - University District of Columbia Community College
  • Malik Williams - University of Wisconsin
  • Lamek Kahsay - University of Rodchester 

Application Deadline:  June 17, 2022  Apply Now

The Health Education Leadership Program Academy (HELP Academy) - Middle School

Launching in the Fall of 2017, the HELP Academy is a comprehensive and longitudinal workforce development program for young learners that follow them from middle school (6th grade) through high school (1st year in college). This academy serves students who reside and attend public or charter schools in the Washington, DC metro area. The majority of the students that participate in the HELP Academy will be from Title I schools.

The HELP Academy is designed to encourage health awareness, community health advocacy, and college readiness with the specific intent to pursue careers in any health science related field of study. Learners also have the opportunity to earn certifications and trainings in various workforce gateway opportunities into a health science career.

The goals of HELP Academy are to:

  • Nurture academically strong underrepresented minorities in the areas of Health Science and other STEM related fields of study and work.
  • Work towards increasing the number of health care practitioners that are from the minority and underserved populations.
  • Increase the awareness of the need for practitioners of color to practice in the communities from which they come.
  • Establish college readiness in young people who seek postsecondary education.
  • Provide quality training and employment pathway options for young people who do not seek a postsecondary education.

The Academy scholars receive direct skills-based instruction from industry professionals, university faculty & students, graduate medical education trainees (residents & fellows), medical students, and community practitioners. Academy scholars will also have the opportunity to participate in shadowing programs for various health care professions. Studies show that opportunities like these help to ensure that the learners receive a comprehensive and in-depth look at the health profession.

We recognize that creating an opportunity for these exposure experiences is only part of the foundation needed to help youth find a pathway to a healthy future. The Academy will also provide academic enrichment through tutoring and mentoring in middle and high school subject areas of need and create STEM enrichment opportunities. Through this academic enrichment we hope to re-enforce the education students receive at school and to help them excel as they continue their journey towards high school graduation and college or career matriculation. 

Pathways for All to Health Careers in DC (PATH-C)

PATH-C logoPATH-C was established by the Rodham Institute in collaboration with a number of community partners, ranging from those specializing in education to those focusing on career services. The Consortium, which is modeled on the Alameda County Health Pipeline Partnership (ACHPP), aims to increase the number of under-represented minorities in the healthcare workforce at all levels, with a specific, but not exclusive, emphasis on middle school-aged black males.

To effectively build the healthcare workforce pipeline, PATH-C members recognize the need to establish a centralized mechanism where academic, government, community and health-focused stakeholders are able to share resources. This “one-stop shop” will allow individuals of any age the opportunity to learn about healthcare training programs in Washington, DC.

While centralized information sharing is the primary objective, the Consortium will also focus on:

  • Guidance Counselor Training
  • STEM-H Career Exposure
  • Health Cultural Competencies
  • Community Service-Learning
  • Parent/Family Engagement
  • Mentorship

Achieving the aims of PATH-C would not be possible without the participation and efforts of a wide variety of stakeholders.

  • GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • GWU School of Nursing
  • Health Alliance Network
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
  • Nth Dimensions
  • DC Black Nurses Association
  • United Medical Center
  • Children’s National Health System (Child Health Advocacy Institute)
  • Young Doctors DC
  • Sister Mentors 

Academic, Community and Professional Organization Partners

  • American Academy of Medical Colleges
  • The Posse Foundation (DC)
  • See Forever Foundation
  • Ingleside Nursing Home
  • DC Coalition on Long Term Care
  • DC Department of Health, Oral Health Program
  • DC Department of Health, Primary Care Bureau
  • DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA)
  • DC Public Schools
  • Calvin Coolidge High School NAF Health Science Academy
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Catholic University School of Social Work
  • Howard University Health Sciences Library
  • GWU Career Services
  • GWU Medical Faculty Associates