Recently, under the leadership of West Los Angeles College, HASC staff joined 50-plus stakeholders from community colleges, community partners and employers to address the supply and demand gap for allied health workers in Los Angeles County. The group convened at the college and listened to employers discuss their workforce needs, concerns and suggestions for curriculum development, and forecasts of future needs.
An employer panel included hospitals, clinics, and public and private health care businesses. In turn, community colleges discussed what is needed to grow and expand their allied health programs to meet employer needs. The day concluded with an afternoon job fair where over 50 students networked with allied health employers.
As part of the summit, the 13 participating community colleges compiled a list of available allied health programs offered to assist LA County hospitals in identifying potential candidates to fill critical positions.