OCTC partnering with community organizations to promote diversity in healthcare workforce

November 30, 2021 | 12:08 am

Updated November 29, 2021 | 8:55 pm

Dr. Lori Donahoo

Owensboro Community & Technical College is partnering with community organizations to increase the interest of African American, Hispanic, and other underrepresented minority youth and adults in pursuing allied health education and careers, with the goal of creating a diverse workforce.

OCTC’s Foundation, Inc. was awarded $18,500 from the Owensboro Health Community Health Investments Grant program to implement the college’s Promoting Health Equity Through Allied Health Workforce Diversity Initiative.

OCTC’s nursing, radiography, medical assisting, surgical technology, and paramedic faculty are partnering with Dugan Best Community Center, the H.L. Neblett Community Center, Cliff Hagan’s Boys and Girls Club, and Girls, Inc. to host four hands-on community outreach activities in the spring 2022 semester.

In addition, four virtual information sessions will be offered to high school students and adults in the spring, followed by a three-day summer academy on June 21-23, 2022 for elementary and middle school age children.

At the academy, CEO of the Kentucky Nurses Association Delanor Manson will share her experiences as a woman of color in the healthcare field.

In addition to hands-on learning, information about training and careers in the allied health field, as well as the importance of increasing diversity in healthcare professions, will be an ongoing focus of these events.

For more information, contact Lori Donahoo at 270-686-4548 or [email protected].

November 30, 2021 | 12:08 am

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