Workforce Wednesday: Careers in Health Care

According to the Alaska Department of Labor, the number of Alaskans older than 65 years old will increase by 79 percent by the year 2022. This means from nurses and doctors to EMTs and physical therapists, the need for workers in Alaska’s healthcare industry is only expected to grow.

One option to kickstart your career is one of Alaska’s Area Health Education Centers. They’re based in Anchorage, with regional centers throughout the state.

Gloria Burnett, the director of Alaska’s Area Health Education Centers, joined Daybreak Wednesday to share how statewide programs can help people get into the industry.

“We’re a pipeline program and we’re a statewide program, so even in rural communities we provide opportunities through outreach presentations — job shadows, intensive summer camps, really just hands on experiences to engage people of all ages in health care careers,” Burnett said. “The really neat thing about our program is you can take part in these experiences in your community, in your rural community.”

Interested? Contact Martha Peck, the outreach and education coordinator with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, at 907-770-5250.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Careers in health care | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

UAA School of Allied Health Partners with Southcentral Foundation

The UAA School of Allied Health is pleased to announce a partnership with the Southcentral Foundation’s (SCF) Nuka System of Care to implement a three-year HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant. The GWEP supports the development of a health care workforce that improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care, maximizing patient and family engagement, and transforming the healthcare system. Called the AK GILD (Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development), this program has two tracks: faculty and leadership. Read more here.

With new UAA program, Alaskans can stay in state to become pharmacists

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Starting next year, Alaskans can become pharmacists without having to leave the state thanks to a new partnership between the University of Alaska Anchorage and Idaho State University.

UAA announced Tuesday that students can apply to the joint pharmacy program — the university’s latest effort to produce more graduates with specific degrees in hopes that they stay in Alaska and join the state’s workforce. Between 10 and 15 first-year students will begin their schooling through the program next fall and hopefully graduate four years later as homegrown pharmacists, said Tom Wadsworth, ISU assistant dean of Alaska programs. Read the full ADN article here.