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MISSION & PURPOSE

Our mission is to address unemployment, underemployment and healthcare workforce shortage issues in Baltimore by identifying healthcare career pathways leading to economic independence and training residents to enter into and advance in them.

Our primary, long-term objective is to reverse the healthcare worker shortage in Baltimore by developing and promoting a system for preparing residents for skilled positions in healthcare professions with the most serious shortages.

CURRENT INITIATIVES

Career Coaching

The Alliance contributes to the salaries of career coaches in grantee hospitals in an effort to improve retention and advancement of frontline workers in entry level skilled healthcare jobs.
■More than 400 entry level employees from five Baltimore hospitals are participating
■72 percent have successfully completed some form of training & 40 percent have advanced to new jobs
■Average wage progression between September 1, 2005 and May 31, 2007 was 13.5 percent

Career Mapping
An effort that diagrams career opportunities in Baltimore hospitals and outlines the education and experience needed for advancement or entry into particular healthcare occupations. Three thousand healthcare career maps have been printed and distributed to hospitals, schools and community-based organizations.

1st Span Training Program
Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson and Hitachi foundations, U.S. Department of Labor and the Mayor's Office of Employment Development, this program tested a work-based learning model for training unskilled hospital employees first as nursing assistants and then as nurse extenders and advances an acute-care-based CNA curriculum for State of Maryland approval.
■94 percent of the participants in the first cohort at Good Samaritan Hospital successfully completed the nursing assistant training

Pre-Allied Health Bridge Program
Trains incumbent employees and job seekers interested in the healthcare field, but who also need short-term remediation for pre-college level courses is provided for eamployees and incumbents of our prgrams. Two initial cohorts of participants completed the program at Sinai and Good Samaritan hospitals in spring 2008

BACH Fellows Program
Provides rising high school seniors a six-week, career-building workshop and paid work experience in a hospital setting. The initiative is designed to help allied health students focus their careers and plan a path to college or the work place.

■Some 60 students participate each summer, with each completing an Individualized Development Plan. Hospitals in Baltimore strongly support the effort of improving the pipeline from high school to health care jobs
■Six local hospitals are participating—Good Samaritan Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bay View, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, Sinai Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center

To learn how to join the BACH Fellows Program, please visit our Contact page to complete the feedback form and our staff will contact you.

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