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Training Fund named a Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

The National Fund's CareerSTAT Frontline Worker Champions program honors industry partners who support the growth and development of the frontline workforce

September 12th, 2018: The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund has been selected by CareerSTAT, an employer-led initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, as one of four healthcare industry partners named 2018 Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions. The announcement of the four Champions and three Emerging Champions coincides with Workforce Development Month.

Healthcare organizations are recognized by a committee of their peers for their commitment to practices that are proven to benefit employers, employees, and patients. This year’s champions have demonstrated a range of practices that support the growth and development of the frontline workforce, which includes everyone from nursing aides and substance abuse counselors to food service workers, housekeepers, and receptionists.

The Training Fund is a non-profit, labor-management education and workforce development partnership – a collaboration of fifty contributing employers in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey, and National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees District 1199C. Since its creation in 1974, the Fund has served both union and community members, and our mission is to provide students with access to a full spectrum of life skills, education and training opportunities, helping them obtain the enhanced academic ability, industry-recognized credentials and occupational skills required to successfully secure employment and/or entry into collegiate certificate and degree programs. Specifically, the Fund prepares students for healthcare and human services employment through occupational and workforce education programs. All Training Fund programming is designed on a career pathway coaching model, an integrative framework approach that combines manageable, well-articulated steps with intensive case management and career coaching support. Through a strategic and individualized approach to training, the Fund helps each student construct a personalized pathway of discrete educational and occupational opportunities, ensuring that each individual receives the right training at the right time.

"Training funds like ours epitomize significant investments in frontline workers. The investments are not just made by employers but governed by employers and frontline workers working together collaboratively to create opportunity for worker education and advancement," explains Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman. "We are committed to helping frontline workers obtain the enhanced academic ability, industry-recognized credentials and occupational skills required to successfully secure employment and/or enter into postsecondary education programs."

Read all about the Training Fund's selection and track record at bit.ly/Champion_1199C.

Now in its fifth year, the recognition program is just one of the ways that CareerSTAT, a network of more than 250 healthcare and workforce leaders, supports healthcare organizations. In addition to the Training Fund, Dartmouth-Hitchcock of Lebanon, New Hampshire; East Alabama Medical Center of Opelika, Alabama; and Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers in Olympia, Washington, are being recognized as Champions. The 2018 Emerging Champions are Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System of New Orleans; Loretto of Syracuse, New York; and Staten Island Performing Provider System of Staten Island, New York.

All seven organizations will be honored in October at CareerSTAT’s Healthcare Connect conference in New Orleans. Detailed profiles of the organizations, along with further information on their skill and career development programs, are available on the CareerSTAT website. More information about the best practices and programs of all 43 Frontline Worker champions can be found in the CareerSTAT Guide to Investing in Frontline Health Care Workers.

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About the National Fund: The National Fund for Workforce Solutions works with leaders in business, education, philanthropy, and workforce development nationally and in more than 30 partner communities to invest in and scale innovative models that connect individuals to in-demand skills, generate good jobs, and help American business find and develop the talent critical for their success. Specifically, the National Fund has outlined the following key priorities for the next two years:
  • Advocate for Community Prosperity and Opportunity for All: The National Fund will promote community prosperity built on valuing workers, supporting local employers, and investing in economic growth. It will support good jobs that generate a competitive advantage for employers and a career pathway to family-sustaining income.
  • Advance Healthcare’s Frontline Workers: The dramatic expansion of insured individuals under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) combined with increases in Medicaid coverage, the baby-boom retirements, and the growing numbers of seniors living longer will create significant opportunities for job growth and changes in business practices. By recognizing leaders and disseminating exemplary practices, CareerSTAT seeks to become a major force for upskilling frontline healthcare workers and promoting public and private policies to address these challenges.

To learn more about the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, visit them online at nationalfund.org.

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