San Bernardino Metro Nexus
The purpose of the San Bernardino Metro Nexus Group is to convene key partners from education, business, community, public sector and funders who have an interest in the San Bernardino region (Redlands, Loma Linda, San Bernardino, and Colton metro area) to address healthcare workforce pipeline needs, break down barriers for local students to enter the health career pipeline and expand opportunities in health career education pathways and college for local students. The group is focused on increasing opportunity for local underserved and/or under-represented minority students.
Meetings are held monthly at the Department of Behavioral Health Administration located at 303 E. Vanderbilt Way, 2nd Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415. See calendar for the next nexus meeting.
The Nexus Group will:
- Serve as a conduit for the conversation and connection between different levels of health career professions, education, and the region’s employers; creating a single point of entry for information and referrals on relevant programs and resources.
- Identify existing health career pathways programs.
- Define gaps in opportunities for local students.
- Define key strategies to address gaps and expand programs that lead to student exposure and success in health careers.
- Align and leverage resources in the region for efficiency and greater collective impact on students, and amplify efforts and outcomes.
- Increase support for students to succeed in college through financial aid, college readiness strategies and other support.
- Create an infrastructure to expand connection between students and health employers who can support the pipeline; provide resources and tools for employers willing to support students and education programs serving students.
SAN BERNARDINO METRO NEXUS GOALS
- Map existing health career pathways programs/HOSA clubs for the region.
- Establish targets for growth in the school district health pathways programs.
- Support the development of health academies and pathways programs and HOSA clubs in San Bernardino region K-12 schools.
- Develop toolkit for employers/health professionals to support students in health career pathways programs through career exploration, volunteer opportunities, mentoring, job shadows and internships (i.e. regional HIPPA certificate), including a list/directory of and mechanism to coordinate health professionals volunteering in these programs.
- Integrate health professions pathways goals with existing, relevant school district initiatives such as San Bernardino Schools 21st Century Learning efforts, San Bernardino STEM high school, Kelly space and technology center
- Link graduate medical health professions education programs in the region (LLU residents, UCR SOM and Western) with existing high school health academy or HOSA programs, mobilizing mentor and work based learning network.
- Plan and implement job shadow, health professionals mentoring events for middle-high school students at targeted school sites. Create a common regional calendar of events for students pursuing health career education (i.e. ARMC Health Career Fair, Inland Coalition Health Career conference).
- Develop a coordinated plan to address the region’s primary care workforce needsin partnership with SB Community Clinic Assoc., UCR SOM, Western, LLU.
- Broaden cross sector participation.
- Develop marketing and outreach materials and campaign to increase student and community awareness of health career opportunities.