In 2013, the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund committed to partner with Hostos, Bronx Community and Lehman Colleges (CUNY) - and 12 employers, including Montefiore Hospital Network and Bronx Lebanon Hospital, to form BE-HIP (Bronx Education- Health Industry Partnership) to establish an organizational and allied health pilot program structure that facilitates access to allied health credentials for educationally underserved working adults and reduces time to completion and credential attainment.
This pilot responds to employer demand and CUNY's Jobs for New York's Future report by creating a collective strategy for Improving College Success for Working Adult Learners by creating an alternative to high stakes entrance tests that provide a gateway to college level math and prepares adults with math skills relevant to the industry.
BE-HIP will decrease time to credential attainment by developing and using a shared system for Prior Learning Assessments and creating stackable credentials in occupations such as community health worker, CASAC counselors, care managers, health coaches, and medical assistants. These credentials will enable participants to work in healthcare while continuing education into nursing, social work, health and human services and other bachelor's level degrees.
In order to achieve success, the Commitment will:
1. Establish of Health Care Working Adult Center to support access, prior learning assessments, and stackable credentials that remove existing barriers to degree completion;
2. Develop new allied health math courses at partner community colleges that substitute a high stakes exam with a contextualized/applied Math course that is relevant to the healthcare workers' knowledge, needs and job duties;
3. Articulate content and programs in specific credential areas;
4. Develop new credit bearing certificate programs at partner community colleges in community health, CASAC, Care Coordination, Medical Assistant and Health Coach;
7) Recruit and assess participants by creating an Adult Learners' Initiative Coordinating Unit within the Working Adult Center that will manage a common admissions policy (access) and facilitate transfer (time to degree completion) between the three Bronx CUNY schools.
1) Commitment of three colleges - complete
2) Commitment of 12 employers - complete
3) Seeking support from CUNY central office for pilot program and waiver of some existing policies - Summer/fall 2013.
4) Establishment of Health Care Working Adult Center to support access, prior learning assessment, and stackable credentials - First half of 2014
5) Development of new allied health math courses - Fall 2013 through Summer 2014
6) Articulation and content development in specific credential areas (listed above) - Fall 2013 through Summer 2014
6) Development of credit bearing certificate programs in community health, CASAC, Care Coordination, Medical Assistant and Health Coach - Fall 2013 through Summer 2014
7) Recruitment and assessment of participants - Summer and Fall 2014
8) Program evaluation - Ongoing
As a consequence of the Affordable Care Act, new models of health care delivery are emerging that emphasize chronic disease management, care coordination, high quality outcomes, and wellness. These new models are bringing about new jobs and new roles for incumbent health care workers. (Health Affairs Magazine) Roles as varied as community health workers, case managers, patient navigators, health coaches, respiratory therapists are in demand by employers. Yet many entry level health care workers and community members cannot obtain these jobs because they lack the credential needed to work in the occupations. Moreover, too many people who have a commitment to the caring professions and are ideally suited to these new jobs are barred from entry into the education programs that would make them qualified. These educational barriers deprive employers of a diverse talent pool and frontline health care workers and community members from careers in growing patient care fields.
1. Financial support for instructional (tuition and fees) costs to scale the program to community members
2. Financial support for additional case management of participants
3. Exposure of the programs under BE-HIP
4. Curriculum development
5. Outreach and Recruitment resources
Training and education programs supported by BE-HIP:
1. Outreach, Recruitment, and Assessment of Latino Spanish speaking healthcare workers to enroll in postsecondary education programs
2. Case Management
3. Career and Academic Counseling
4. Advocacy for Adult Learners-Workers
5. Curriculum development advice
6. Program coordination
7. Assessment strategies