VIDA
Isidro Ramos
Funding SourcesHistory about VIDA
VIDA, a 501 c 3 community organization, was created in 1996 by
Valley Interfaith, a gras...
Alliance Members
Edinburg Regional Medical Center
McAllen Medical Center
Valley Interfaith
Member Southwest IAF Network
Do...
AHTA winner of TWC
2004 Transitional
Workforce Award
U.S. Senator John Cornyn and
Congressmen Ruben Hinojosa
and Solomon O...
 Hospitals find themselves recruiting from
outside the state and as far away as Canada
and the Philippines for qualified ...
 The issue of a shortage of trained nurses has
gotten the attention of the area CEO's
because this has caused them to clo...
RGV ALLIANCE TARGET OCCUPATIONS
(Feasibility Study Results)
Traditional Health Occupations Career
Programs
Career Educatio...
 The “Career
Education Ladder” is
an existing structure
that allows
students/workers to
progress from
beginning to higher...
 With the critical
shortage of
healthcare workers
today, we need more
people on the career
education ladder.
 We cannot ...
 Traditionally
students/workers
have tried to climb the
Career Education
Ladder on their own.
Some make it by balancing
w...
Flow Chart
Issue
resolved?
Sponsorship?*Referred to appropriate
college for acceptance
(South Texas College)
Complete
reme...
Passed
Exam?
State Exam**
HIGHLY SKILLED,
LOCALLY TRAINED
PROFESSIONAL
Specialty Training*
YES
NO
Successful
Completion?
C...
The Career Education Support Ladder
 The workplace
(hospital) provides
support through
clinical resources
and education
p...
 To quote an anonymous author, "If
you've come here to help me, you can go
home. But if you see my struggle as key to
you...
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RGV Allied Health Training Alliance

  1. 1. VIDA Isidro Ramos
  2. 2. Funding SourcesHistory about VIDA VIDA, a 501 c 3 community organization, was created in 1996 by Valley Interfaith, a grassroots organization committed to responding to the needs of the community through a grassroots initiative. Originally funded as a two year demonstration project today VIDA continues to provide it’s services through training grants from the federal, state and local level. Moreover, VIDA has been able to secure local investment from valley cities: Edinburg, Harlingen McAllen, Mercedes, Mission, Port Isabel, San Juan and Weslaco. VIDA’s Mission is To increase the education levels of the Rio Grande Valley by providing assistance for higher education training that targetes demand occupations in the region that start at $8.50 or more. VIDA’s training model, which is based on the concept of human capital investment, has allowed VIDA to increase the average wage of entering participants of $7,296.24 per year before entering the VIDA program to $29,503.36 per year average wages after graduating and entering employment, with a retention rate of 89%. VIDA’s Umbrella of Services: Weekly intensive Case Management and Career Guidance Tuition, Books, Fees, Gas Allowance, Child care, Equipment, Tools etc. GED, THEA Academies, 1yr.Certificate and 2yr. Associates Degree VIDA’s partners include: Local Workforce Boards, Tech Prep, Region One, South Texas College, Texas State Technical College, International Technology and Education Center (ITEC), University of Texas Brownsville-Texas Southmost College, University of Texas Pan American, Local Economic Development Corporations and Chambers.
  3. 3. Alliance Members Edinburg Regional Medical Center McAllen Medical Center Valley Interfaith Member Southwest IAF Network Dolly VinsantDolly Vinsant Memorial HospitalMemorial Hospital BACKGROUND The Rio Grande Valley Allied Health Training Alliance was organized to 1) identify two training needs in Allied Health in the Rio Grande Valley and 2) develop a strategic plan to meet employer’s workforce needs. The goal of the Alliance is simply to enable area hospitals to meet their need for nurses and allied health practitioners with local residents.
  4. 4. AHTA winner of TWC 2004 Transitional Workforce Award U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Congressmen Ruben Hinojosa and Solomon Ortiz on hand to announce DOL $4 million grant AHTA receives $313,000 grant from WorkFORCE Solutions Rio Grande Valley Allied Health Training Alliance officially formed Group of Valley business leaders travel to Germany and Ireland to research apprenticeship concept DOL H1-B grant approved. VIDA and UTB/TSC begin work on allied health feasibility Houston Endowment grants $200,000 to VIDA to address allied health shortage City of McAllen grants $350,000 over two years to VIDA to develop plan to address allied health shortage Hospital CEO’s, Workforce board directors and college deans meet to discuss the region’s strategy for ‘Growing Our Own’ TWC grants $350,607 to AHTA AHTA begins looking into the development of career pathways and adoption of K through Life education/ training continuum 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
  5. 5.  Hospitals find themselves recruiting from outside the state and as far away as Canada and the Philippines for qualified nurses and allied health practitioners  Texas Nursing Foundation, if states were ranked by the number of Registered Nurses per 100,000 population, Texas would rank among the bottom 10 percent or 45 out of 50. What is perhaps more striking is that the need for nurses along the border with Mexico is greater than the rest of the state
  6. 6.  The issue of a shortage of trained nurses has gotten the attention of the area CEO's because this has caused them to close beds in our hospitals. Closing beds means a reduction in income.  The CEO's have also found it to be in their best interest to work together to attempt to help resolve this problem because united they have a larger voice and can influence change.
  7. 7. RGV ALLIANCE TARGET OCCUPATIONS (Feasibility Study Results) Traditional Health Occupations Career Programs Career Education Support Ladder Model Programs Licensed Vocational Nursing Registered Nursing CERT Vocational Nursing AAS -LVN-RN Transition AAS-Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) BS-Bachelor in Nursing (BSN) Nursing Specialty Certification Critical Core/Intensive Care Perioperative Nursing Emergency Nursing Obstetrical Nursing (Labor/Delivery) Neonatal Intensive Care Radiologic Technician CT TECHNICIAN MRI TECHNICIAN AAS-Radiologic Technology Imaging Services: Computerized Tomography Magnetic Resonance Imaging Mammography SONOGRAPHER AAS SONOGRAPHY NUCLEAR TECHNICIAN AAS NUCLEAR MEDICINE TEHNOLOGY * SURGICAL TECHNICIAN CERT/AAS SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY First Assistant (OR) PHARMACY TECHNICIAN CERT/AAS PHARMACY TECHNOLOGY MEDICAL LAB TECHNICIAN AAS MEDICAL LAB TECHNOLOGY BS CLINICAL LAB SCIENCE RESPIRATORY THERAPIST AAS RESPIRATORY THERAPY EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS CERT/AAS EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (BASIC INTERMEDIATE PARAMEDICS) Advanced certification in trauma (ACLS, PALS, ATLS) EMS Instructor Certification BIO MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN BS/MS BIOMEDICAL TEHNOLOGY
  8. 8.  The “Career Education Ladder” is an existing structure that allows students/workers to progress from beginning to higher levels within their professions. C.N.A. Vocational Nurse Registered Nurse Certified RN Specialist M.S.N. Colleges/Universities
  9. 9.  With the critical shortage of healthcare workers today, we need more people on the career education ladder.  We cannot afford to lose capable worker/students.
  10. 10.  Traditionally students/workers have tried to climb the Career Education Ladder on their own. Some make it by balancing work, school and family. Others are less fortunate .
  11. 11. Flow Chart Issue resolved? Sponsorship?*Referred to appropriate college for acceptance (South Texas College) Complete remedial work? Accepted? Referral to One-Stop Center for job search assistance Start program Attend weekly case management sessions with VIDA staff * Remediation at college continuing education * (Workforce Academy) Develop action plan for coping with barrier and facilitate resolution CONTINUE ON FOLLOWING PAGE Continue in program YES YES YES YES NO NO NO NO YES Interest in Long-term training? VIDA for Assessment & Individual Service Plan Referral to Employer for Customized Training Community Outreach Churches, Employers, High Schools & One-Stop Centers Referral to One-Stop Center for job search assistance Accepted to SJE&JTP? YES NO NO YES NO Potential barrier identified?
  12. 12. Passed Exam? State Exam** HIGHLY SKILLED, LOCALLY TRAINED PROFESSIONAL Specialty Training* YES NO Successful Completion? COMPLETION OF COURSEWORK Clinical Rotation* Work with college faculty to address deficiencies Graduation? YES NO YES NO Work with college faculty to address deficiencies Work with college faculty to address deficiencies CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Flow Chart Continued
  13. 13. The Career Education Support Ladder  The workplace (hospital) provides support through clinical resources and education program support initiatives.  The Department of Labor provides support through targeted investments of workforce development resources.  Educational Institutions provide more steps through career ladder program options, flexible course scheduling, student success initiatives, and distance learning delivery models. Workplace DOL Educational Institution With support more can climb and faster!
  14. 14.  To quote an anonymous author, "If you've come here to help me, you can go home. But if you see my struggle as key to your own survival, let's get to work."

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