• Andrea Glispie

Pathways to Work Expands Job Quality Efforts in the Healthcare Sector

With a $150,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase, the North Texas Healthcare Employers Learning Consortium (co-convened by Pathways to Work and DFW Hospital Council Foundation) launched a microgrant opportunity for hospitals that need to address job quality or upskilling issues unique to their health systems. This effort builds on the work Pathways to Work supported to enhance on the job training and clarify career advancement opportunities for Patient Care Technicians at three health systems.

Children’s Health and UT Southwestern Medical Center were the first health systems to take advantage of this opportunity. Children’s Health is using their grant to purchase access to the Mayo Clinic Well-Being Index and additional resources to reduce compassion fatigue, moral distress, and secondary traumatization among workers as a result the pandemic. Frontline staff will benefit from resilience building activities, facilitated discussions, and psychological first aid, mindfulness exercises, reflective writing, and unit rounding.

UT Southwestern Medical Center will use their grant to launch a public recognition project to distinguish those who have devoted their time and knowledge to teaching and preparing the next generation of Surgical Technicians. By implementing the public recognition program, UT Southwestern hopes to promote and growth the existing Surgical Technicians practice while fostering a mentor/mentee culture.

In the coming months, Pathways to Work hopes to understand how these project impact retention and engagement of frontline workers.

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