Rapid City, SD
Turning virtual and forging new partnerships strengthens PHP’s program offerings.
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GTPCHB) facilitates their Health Profession Opportunity Grant, the Pathways to Healthcare Program (PHP) Visit disclaimer page to assist Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and qualified low-income individuals. Through healthcare education and training, PHP hopes to create healthier and more sustainable tribal communities in the rural areas they serve.
PHP’s healthcare training options range from Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic to Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). In addition to the healthcare trainings, participants are eligible for other support such as academic tutoring, GED assistance, and basic skills training. This program provides participants with financial assistance to cover the cost of class, books, other academic fees, and even short-term childcare.
The onset of COVID-19 pushed PHP to quickly pivot their course offerings since they could no longer offer in person training. They partnered with WeCare Online to offer CNA courses to HPOG participants on WeCare’s virtual platform. The course is 35 hours of self-guided, online classes with an additional 40 hours of lab and clinicals.
PHP staff contacted participants three times a week to ensure optimal support and offered tutoring to participants who needed extra help. PHP also partners with Good Samaritan’s Society St. Martin’s Village for in-person labs and clinicals, that students complete at their assisted living facility. After taking and passing the state CNA exam, they are eligible for employment opportunities as Nursing Assistants at Good Samaritan’s Society.
By transitioning to virtual and flexible learning, PHP successfully kept their students engaged during a pandemic, and continued to support them through training completion into employment.
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