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A real chance at health care careers

Adventist Health White Memorial gives young people in East LA hands-on hospital experience.

In the predominantly Hispanic-Latino Boyle Heights neighborhood and East LA, Adventist Health White Memorial embraces a mission that goes far beyond tending to the physical health of the community. Based in an area where nearly half of adults haven’t graduated from high school, Adventist Health White Memorial is committed to creating a pathway toward economic opportunity. As a teaching facility, Adventist Health White Memorial gives young people from the area hands-on hospital experience — and a glimpse of a possible future — through its Workforce Development Program.

In the above video, former participants Zulay Carrillo and Miguel Ruiz share how their experiences in the Workforce Development Program led not just to satisfying careers in the medical field, but also to gratifying opportunities to help local community members start their own workforce journeys.

Supported partially by funding from Bank of America’s $1.25 billion, five-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity, 100 interns complete the three-month program every year. High school and college students ages 15 to 25 are introduced to a variety of health care jobs, while providing the training to prepare for stable, high-earning professional careers. To date, more than four out of 10 participants have gone on to careers in the medical field. And by building a future workforce with strong roots in the community, Adventist Health White Memorial aims to strengthen the quality of care it provides to its neighbors.