Partners, including high schools, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, and training institutions, collaborate to diversify the healthcare workforce and to promote an inclusive space to service vulnerable members of our community.
Healthcare Workforce Development
The Turner-UCLA Allied Health Internship Program welcomed 46 students to campus over the summer to learn about more than 100 allied health professions during 14 rotations through the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. All of the students identify as non-white, persons of color, living in areas below the median household income. The implementation team, now in its sixth year of program implementation, is prioritizing efforts to increase the number of students employed in healthcare.
Leveraging relationships with training sites
We leveraged relationships with internal and external training sites, including UCLA Extension and UCLA Center for Prehospital Care, to support the development of a robust, diverse healthcare workforce by offering CPR courses, Stop the Bleed Certificates, academic support, and connections to employment opportunities.
Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP) Health and Resource Fair
The DGSOM Community Engagement Program partnered for this event to provide free health assessments, resources, and information to community members in the Central City, Westlake, and Pico-Union areas.
- Promoting volunteerism and community engagement across our organization.
- Creating impact through outreach and recruitment for pipeline programs.
- Implementing mentorship programs to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce.
- Promoting culturally informed healthcare services and supporting community health fairs.
- Partnering with local career and technical training institutions to encourage enrollment in the allied health professions.
UCLA Mentorship and Advocacy in Teaching Clinical Health-Related Research (UCLA MATCH)
UCLA MATCH is a collaboration between the Community Engagement Program and CTSI Research Associates Program (CTSI-RAP). Piloted in 2022, this eight-week program supports mentorship for high school students from communities underrepresented in STEM, to increase diversity in the scientific community through career mentorship and education to support clinical research pathways in medicine.