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.