Rapid City, SD
Sometimes, it takes considerable effort to break down great barriers.
That is just what the Pathways to Healthcare Professions Program is aiming to do. There are significant disparities in Native American communities that present a disadvantage to residents. High poverty rates, poor economic conditions, and unemployment rates greater than 30 percent contribute to lower standard living conditions.
The Great Plains region faces a shortage of workers in many healthcare professions. The Pathways to Healthcare Professions (PHP) Program Visit disclaimer page , funded by the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG), seeks to fill these positions. They provide education and training to low-income individuals.
Native populations living on local reservations face major barriers to workforce training. PHP takes this into account when establishing trainings. Their goal is to lessen obstacles faced in reservation environments.
When PHP received a call about a critical shortage of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) at White River Nursing Home, they formed a cooperative partnership. PHP set up training near the Rosebud Sioux reservation, and the program acted as the liaison between potential participants and White River.
Through this setup, they were able to determine and address students’ needs and obstacles. The partnership provides services like transportation, technology, and access to childcare. PHP works with White River to learn the employer’s needs and tailor training to help fill the CNA roles.
White River helped with recruitment, instructor housing, and access to internet and computers. The facility also provided the classroom and clinical training environment. Nine participants completed CNA training through the Pathways program and now work at the facility.
PHP is expanding its efforts to help native populations overcome barriers. This outreach involves taking the training onto the reservations in areas of need. They will continue to provide equal access to healthcare training opportunities through HPOG.
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