Interlink Pathway Partners
The Regional Allied Health and Science Initiative (RAHSI) supports the building and implementation of middle and high school Health Career Pathway programs in San Diego County with a focus on curricula, industry partnerships, career exploration activities, program and professional development, countrywide collaboration, and comprehensive site teams. Students that complete a RAHSI Health Career Pathway course sequence will be prepared to pursue any health training program of their choice, from technician to physician. RAHSI's goals are to increase middle and high school students' awareness of health career opportunities, improve performance in high school and college science courses, and improve transition and retention rates in college programs. For more information on RAHSI, please visit: http://www.rahsi.org/
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students. Interlink Pathways assisted GEAR UP in the Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) CAMP in the summer of 2009 held at UCSD and 2010 held at CSUSM. In 2009, ninety two STEM Camp participants were given tours of PMC and Palomar Health facilities and where the participants were given inspirational speeches from medical professionals. In 2010, Interlink Pathway team members provided tours of PMC West, coordinated Palomar Health professional inspirational speakers, and in collaboration with CSUSM School of Nursing, presented experiential education for the Camp participants to 100 students. For more information on GEAR UP, please visit: http://www.palomar.edu/gearup/
Mira Costa College School of Nursing/Allied Health has been enrolling Navy Corpsmen LVN into the RN Pilot Program. Mira Costa College accepted six students for the 2009-2010 academic year, and the school is proud to announce that there are 10 positions open for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Dean of Mira Costa College's School of Nursing/Allied Health is Sandy Comstock.
Palomar Health Cultural Linguistics Appropriate Services Committee's (CLAS) primary goal is to improve the quality of care delivered to Palomar Health patients and district residents by providing clinical and supportive services in a culturally appropriate manner. CLAS Subcommittees include: Linguistically Appropriate Services, Workforce Diversity Committee, Community Partners Committee, Community Advisory Board, and Interlink Pathways.
Palomar College funded and produced a DVD that profiles Palomar Health Professionals and staff working in the Healthcare Industry. The DVD will educate students about Allied Health careers and has a special focus on health careers expecting industry shortages in San Diego County. The DVD was released Summer 2010.
CSU San Marcos was awarded $2.5 million by Palomar Health to build a school for nursing in 2006. A record 44 students enrolled in the program the first year it opened. Today, 550 students are enrolled in the school. In 2009, 12 Bachelor's of Nursing students graduated, as well as twenty-four Registered Nurses with ADN enrolled in the program.