"Stayin alive" with hands-only CPR.


Dr. Rachell Auld's freshman bio classes at Eleanor Roosevelt High School took advantage of the hands-only compression CPR training offered by IHPC. All 151 students recevied certification! The training taught the students to recognize the signs of a person who may be in cardiac arrest, delegate someone to call 911 with the location, proper placement of the hands on the center of the chest and most importantly, why compression-only CPR could save someone's life. They soon realized that it takes a little singing (to "Stayin' Alive" for rhythm) and a whole lot of sweat to achieve proper depth in their chest compression -s and do it at 120 beats per minute! They were also shown the proper placement of an AED (automated external difibrillator). We were so happy that the students were engaged and excited to learn that you are never to young to save a life! 

Pop Quiz: Do you know where your school or office AED is stored? Dr. Auld arranged for a walk-through of the school campus to show the students where all nine of Roosevelt's AEDs are located. 

"I hear voices in my head."

I definitely feel empathy for those who deal with this serious illness.
— student participant
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In another important workshop to expose and sensitize high school students to real mental health issues, Chris Peters Psych 101 class at Cajon High School participated in an activity facilitated by Sue Abito, Volunteer Services Coordinator at the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health. The Hearing Voices activity has one student place a brown paper bag over their head while four more students simultaneously deliver scripted messages into their ear, over the bag. The exercise is meant to simulate the experience of those with schizophrenia.  The student reaction to this exercise was interesting. Some of the students who were wearing the bags on their heads found it pretty tough to answer basic questions because the "voices" were so distracting. Others found it so annoying that they developed immediate empathy for those who live with voices every day. One student was observed editing the scripted message because they didn't want to say unkind things in someones ear. Overall it was a very eye-opening experience for these young minds and brought home some of the realities of mental health illness in a tangible way. 

This activity made me feel terrible, even after the activity was over I felt like I was still hearing voices and it was annoying. Now I understand how horrible this feels to hear voices, and this was only an activity. I can only imagine what it is in real life.
— student participant

Students get certified in mental health first aid.

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IHPC hosted its second Mental Health First Aid Training and Certification workshop with TriCity Wellness Center to accomodate the students who weren't able to attend the June seminar. We had 38 students from all over the region, train and work through scenarios in preparation to assist other students in need. Here, students listen to first-hand testimony from the keynote speaker Jean Hamilton (pictured below), a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Education Coordinator. They were also introduced to the wide variety of classes that NAMI offers including Family to Family, Homefront, Peer to Peer, and Provider Education courses. Students received certification upon completion of this two-day training. We'd like to thank our partnersTriCity Wellness Center and their staff of peer advocates, clinical staff, and others who provide a range of culturally competent, person and family centered groups, workshops and socialization activities designed to promote increasing independence and wellness for people of all ages.   

All smiles at Health Professions Resource Days

Kathy Thompson from La Sierra High School shows off the new school supplies she won. 

Kathy Thompson from La Sierra High School shows off the new school supplies she won. 

Teachers need a little TLC and last week the IHPC honored them and "armed" them with all sorts of resources, materials, games, activities, and posters to put into use in their classrooms. It was a full day that, many commented, was well worth the time to get a classroom sub! We provided breakfast, lunch, and lots of coffee to keep them going through packed presentations from the IHPC staff as dozens of new resources were introduced as well as special presentations on concurrent and dual enrollment programs at local community colleges.

Some of the highlights included: new hands-only CPR training (contact Ben Machadoto schedule), a community resource guide to local social services, soft skills training curriculums (Adulting 101), and sponsored door prizes throughout the day.

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We honor you! 

Rosalind Barba, Melissa Hughes, Lisa Comnick, and Angela Quinlan (pictured below).

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After lunch we took a moment to recognize some very committed teachers and counselors who, not only promote and actively participate in IHPC programs, but work extra hard to recruit student participation. They always look for ways to enhance the student's classroom education and take advantage of the many programs and trainings we provide - true champions for the cause! We salute them for always going above and beyond the call of duty and know that the health pathway pipeline is fortunate to have such a committed group of educators. Thank you Rosalind Barba (Palomares Health Sciences Academy), Lisa Comnick (Grand Terrace), Melissa Hughes (Chino Hills HS), and Angela Quinlan (Pacific High School) for raising the bar.  

We took a lot of pictures throughout the day and caught some funny moments as teachers tried out some of the new educational games in the IHPC library (they are free to use and can be checked out through Celina Su at celina@we-reachout.org). Our classroom posters are always a hit with the teachers and counselors and they cover a wide range of health pathway information and careers. They were scooped up during the breaks, along with flyers for upcoming events, community college resources, and programs. There was so much to share and although each day was packed, we have had nothing but positive feedback from the those who atteneded. We have a hunch next year's Health Professions Resource Days will be even bigger.  Thank you to the 100 dedicated teachers and counselors who attended for your service to our students all year long. We wish you a successful school year and look forward to seeing you again next summer! Enjoy the photos! 

Reach Out promotes county initiative!

T. Kim Pham and Stephanie Murillo answer questions about SlingShot from the audience. 

T. Kim Pham and Stephanie Murillo answer questions about SlingShot from the audience. 

We'd shout it from the rooftops if we could because this regional initiative exemplifies the work of the IHPC - bridging the gap between health industry and education to ensure a successful health workforce pathway in the Inland Empire. Yesterday at the IHPC Quarterly meeting, both Stephanie Murillo, who represents the San Bernardino Workforce Development  Board, and T. Kim Pham, her counterpart at Riverside County Workforce Development Board, provided us a great overview of SlingShot and how it is moving the collaboration needle forward to develop a responsive workforce by ensuring that educational curriculum directly addresses the needs of the health industry.  

In a meeting last month, SlingShot convened health industry leaders and workforce educators at the Bourns Technology Center in Riverside to champion this regional collaboration between the two counties.

This is an exciting time and the eyes of the governor - the entire state - is watching us. Both counties that make up the Inland Empire have come together to address and align the health industry business needs in our region with workforce training, ensuring that employers don’t have to spend valuable time and resources retraining the incoming workforce to fit their needs. This gap between training curriculum and the needs of healthcare employers is finally being address in a tangible way through SlingShot and the collaboration is powerful.
— Tony Myrell, President and CEO of Premier Medical and a SlingShot health industry champion.
Tony Myrell and Jennifer Silvestri.

Tony Myrell and Jennifer Silvestri.

The regional collaboration has already produced early fruits through the identification of nineteen vocational training providers who can develop curriculum based on industry demand, and the selection of healthcare industry sector coordinators that will expand employer engagement, identify industry talent gaps and challenges, and develop strategies to address our region's occupational needs, such as community health workers and medical information technologist. 

For more information about SlingShot, and to get involved in this region-wide effort, contact Jennifer Silvestri at 760-285-6443, Stephanie Murillo at 909-387-9831, or T. Kim Pham at 951-955-0464.

Summer cohort of LIFE students honored.

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Educational scholarship recipients: Leidi bustos, Thuy Ho, Leah Serrano Julio Guzman, and Grecia Sepulveda, pctured with Alyse Reifer from IHPC.

Educational scholarship recipients: Leidi bustos, Thuy Ho, Leah Serrano Julio Guzman, and Grecia Sepulveda, pctured with Alyse Reifer from IHPC.

During the summer break, twelve students from the Chaffey Joint Union High School District and Upland High School participated in the IHPC LIFE (Learning Inspired Field Experience) program. Last week, IHPC hosted a special banquet to honor these students and their families who supported them.  Read more. All of the students displayed hard work and committment to the program by completing 60-80 hours of field experience in a medical setting where they gained knowlege and understanding of work life for a health professional. Five students (Leidi BustosThuy HoLeah SerranoJulio Guzman, and Grecia Sepulveda) who exemplified exceptional committment and desire to learn, received an educational scholarship award of $500 from the Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation to further their education. Above, students pose for a picture, holding their certificates of completion while families applaud their accomplishment. The Summer 2017 LIFE students all have bright futures ahead of them and are looking forward to being a part of the future health workforce!

From pizza guy to paramedic - one EMT shares his journey at Corona High.


Joey Ybarra didn't hold back as he shared his personal journey with 60 students in the Corona High library.  He started off working for a pizza parlor and a tuxedo shop in high school and HATED it! He knew he wanted to do something in the medical field but didn’t know what so he decided to take the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) program offered at the Ben Clark Training Center. He worked for three years as an EMT before continuing his education to become a paramedic.  He impressed upon the students the importance of taking English, Medical Biology, and Medical Spanish and keeping their grades high. He also gave them some valuable tips - you have to write well to be a paramedic and many companies will pay you to get your training! 

He was frank with students about his personal choice to become a paramedic - he doesn't care for the hospital environment, florescent lights, and being indoors all the time. He has been a paramedic for five years and LOVES going to work!  When he is not running a call, he has the freedom to do things that are fun, but it can get very busy with as many as 20-24 calls in a 24-hour period! "It's a high stress environment," he shared,  "but all the training helps you to not be scared and you know what to do when the time comes.”  His most exciting experience was deliving a baby in the back of the ambulance while his partner drove. The baby had the umbilical cord wrapped around its neck and he had to think quickly to save it.  On a more serious note he shared the gravity of his responsibility as a paramedic:  “YOU are the one they are relying on to keep them alive and [still] you can’t save them all; some have died." The upside? "I love being a part of things like this and find it very rewarding; especially when family come up to me and say thank you for saving their family member." 

He closed by encouraging the students to get CPR certified (hands-only training is now offered through IHPC), and go on to become EMTs.  "You can even work for sports teams and meet lots of people", he said.  Did you know? EMT's can also work for cruise ships, oil rigs, ski resorts, and other exciting places!

Joey Ybarra works for AMR (American Medical Response) in Lake Elsinore. We thank him for taking the time to speak to our students about this important and exciting career! 

From Left to right:  Elizabeth Maciel, Jim Winn, Joey Ybarra, Jennifer Lim, Gloria Coder, Grace Chung, Araceli Anguiano, & Dr. Antonio Gonzalez (Corona High Principal).

From Left to right:  Elizabeth Maciel, Jim Winn, Joey Ybarra, Jennifer Lim, Gloria Coder, Grace Chung, Araceli Anguiano, & Dr. Antonio Gonzalez (Corona High Principal).

IHPC Recruits new Student Ambassador cohort.

2016-17 Cohort. 

2016-17 Cohort. 

The IHPC Student Ambassador program is a cohort of students from area schools who exercise leadership skills by promoting and informing their peers about IHPC projects, programs, and health-related informational seminars and workshops. During this program, Student Ambassadors develops skills such as: organization, time management, presentation, communication, team work, leadership, and networking. A successful Student Ambassador will effectively recruit and aid students in the registering for IHPC events and promote other health pipeline activities as outlined in the IHPC Pipeline Directory.

Last year, the Student Ambassador program had seven students representing schools across the Pomona Valley and San Bernardino County. All students completed a 40-hour field experience, conducted presentatiosn at our NEXUS and Quarterly meetings, networked with medical professionals, and facilitated medical informational seminars and workshops on high school and college campuses. This year, the IHPC would like to double its Student Ambassador cohort to represent more school districts and colleges within the Pomona Valley and SB county.  

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If you would like an IHPC representative to promote this program in at your school or classroom, please contact Michael Sacoto at (909) 982-8641 or email michael@we-reachout.org. 


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Health Professions Resource Day makes the grade!


Each year in August we look forward to greeting our teachers and counselors to a sort of welcome-back-to-school event that provides free resources and tools for the classroom. We couldn't be more pleased with the turnout of more than 60 educators, counselors and health pathway administrators from both San Bernardino and Riverside counties - more than half of whom had never attended an IHPC Resource Day before! That means the word is out about how beneficial this free event is to health pathway educators, and we are offering a second date of September 15th! RSVP to https://ihpc-resourceday-september2017.eventbrite.com



What happened: We had a packed agenda but the day flew by as we laughed, learned, and dug into all the free materials available for student learning. A few new items this year - a brand new Community Resource Guide, LIFE program training materials, and classroom posters for Clinical Lab Science and Pharmacy. Maureen Sinclair, CCPT grant Project Director, gave a great presentation on articulation, concurrent, and dual enrollments and Avanté Simmons, Inland Empire Deputy Sector Navigator and Regional Director for the Healthcare Workforce Initiative (HWI), told us about the new soft skills curriculum they've titled: Hi-Touch Healthcare Soft Skills - The Critical 6. Other soft skills training programs were introduced as well. We did say it was a packed agenda right? Tim Vasquez, Workforce Development for San Bernardino Community College District, shared information on the workforce readiness credential, and IHPC staff presented on the compression-only CPR training (now available to teachers and classrooms), pipeline development, the pre-internship program, industry reports, the new IHPC resource library, and much, much more. The day was studded with door prize giveaways, games, food, and snacks. 

If you have colleagues whom you feel would benefit, please ask them to RSVP before September 7th - seats are filling up fast! 

Chino Valley students participate in Kaiser summer program.

Left to right: Brian Ly, Sabrina Tellez, Delvin Lee, Kacey Rosales, Sarah Kramer, Lilian Morales (KP), Isabella Orozco, Ian Campos, and Daisy Ramos.  

Left to right: Brian Ly, Sabrina Tellez, Delvin Lee, Kacey Rosales, Sarah Kramer, Lilian Morales (KP), Isabella Orozco, Ian Campos, and Daisy Ramos.  

IHPC assisted Kaiser Permanente recruit and train students from the Chino Valley Unified School District for their 6-week Summer Youth Employment Program (YSEP). 50 youth applied to the program and eight were selected representing Chino Hills HS, Don Lugo HS, and Ruben Ayala HS.  All of the students were placed at the Kaiser Permanente Chino Hills Regional Reference Laboratories from June 19th - July 28th. 

A strong component of YSEP was the Educational Fridays enrichment program that provided mini workshops on soft skills, finance and diversity, while KP managers provided career presentations. Educational Fridays also wrapped in the Toastmasters Youth Leadership materials on public speaking and the Thriving School Project on healthy eating and active living. This component stressed the importance of engaging public health advocacy in one's family, school, and community.

This summer program has been successful for Kaiser Permanente and many of the students not only go on to higher health care education, but eventually get hired by Kaiser as nurses, administrators, lab techs, engineers, and opticians. This year's students were exposed to the lab sciences at the Regional Reference Labs:

With the summer youth program I was exposed to a completely different side of medicine - the lab part you never really hear about. It opened my eyes to new opportunities in the field as well as the jobs available including Clinical Lab Science. It’s something I had never heard about but ended up falling in love with. This program has given me a sense of direction as well as many benefits towards my future and I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing program.
— Daisy Ramos
  • Isabella Orozco – Chino Hills High School
  • Daisy Ramos – Don Lugo High School
  • Delvin Lee – Ruben Ayala High School
  • Kacey Rosales – Don Lugo High School
  • Sabrina Tellez – Ruben Ayala High School
  • Ian Campos – Ruben Ayala High School
  • Sara Kramer- Chino Hills High School
  • Brian Ly – Ruben Ayala High School

Its takes a team to bring a robust program like the KP Summer Youth Employment Program to underserved youth in our region. We want to recognize everyone who made this experience possible: 

Guest Speakers

  • Ken Van-Horn – Technical Director of Microbiology -  Microbiology Department
  • Amylou Frank -  Operations Manager, RRL Core Lab – Core Lab Department
  • Juan Orellana -  Application Analyst, Lab Informatics - Administration
  • Helen To – Manager, Quality Assurance- Department
  • Phillip Lansang – Operations Manager, Specimen Processing – Ancillary Department
  • Erin Bui – Project Manager –RRL Administration
  • Ariel Kinney – Project Analyst – RRL Administration
  • Aida Legaspi – Assistant Director, Core Lab – Core Lab Department
  • Chongbae Lee – Director of Operations, Core Lab Department
  • Robert Elazegui – Manager, Molecular Department

KP Staff

  • David Quam, MD  - Assistant to the Executive Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC)
  • Charles Park  -  Site Administrator, Chino Hills Regional Reference Laboratories
  • Chongbae S. Lee -  Director of Operations, Core Laboratory
  • Timothy M. McSkane -  Executive Leader, Laboratory Care Delivery System
  • Louie M.  Farnancio  -  Director of Operations, SCPMG, Regional Reference Laboratories
  • Onie Bueno  -  Director of Operations, Microbiology
  • Robert R. Rabot  -  Director of Operations, Ancillary Services
  • Dennis Sevilla -  Director of Operations, Anatomic Pathology Services
  • Ken Van-Horn  - Assistant Technical Director, Microbiology 
  • Princess Vergara - Director of Environmental Health & Safety and Solutions