Solving California’s Employment Challenges Through Regional Collaboration

UCR Extension combines forces with the California Workforce Development Board to boost jobs in healthcare.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — If you dream of a career that combines a love of people, service, and passion, look no further. The state of California has developed a new economic initiative to seed efforts by employers, industry, government, and educators to provide solutions to regional employment challenges. UCR Extension has been selected to partner with the Riverside County Workforce Development Board to participate in this new statewide initiative, better known as SlingShot. Areas of critical need have been identified, and training programs are being developed.

Healthcare continues to be one of the fastest growing career fields, particularly in the Inland Empire.

In the Inland Empire, there is a critical need in the local healthcare industry for Community Health Workers (CHW). The CHW serves in a unique role as the bridge between health and social services and the community.  The increasing need for well-trained CHWs in our region is due to the growing diversity of the population and cultural differences, increased chronic disease, and the difficulty of navigating the increasingly complex healthcare systems.

CHWs are one of the first contacts for the public and their primary goal is to build and sustain relationships and communications through outreach, provide hands-on assistance to accomplish activities of daily living, and offer community education, informal counseling services, social support, and advocacy. CHWs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nonprofits, government, doctors’ offices, private businesses, and colleges.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for CHWs is projected to grow 13 percent until 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. This rapid growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes, and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people healthy habits and behaviors, and explaining how to effectively use available healthcare services.

Beginning in late September, UCR Extension will debut a five-week Community Health Worker cohort for the SlingShot Initiative. The program combines in-class and online training and covers care management, customer service, ethics, communication and effective listening, insurance models, and levels of care including hospital, hospice, skilled nursing, assisted living, home health care, and more. Upon successful completion of the five-week cohort, students will receive a UC-approved Professional Achievement Award.

This comprehensive program is designed for those who wish to enter the field, caregivers with personal or professional experience, human services or insurance caseworkers, and CNAs. Prospective students must meet Riverside County Workforce Eligibility requirements, have a high school diploma, be proficient in English reading, writing, and comprehension, and have strong customer service and people skills.

To learn more about this training program, contact Kymberly Reis, Workforce Development Training Coach at (951) 955-9055, visit our website, or email.


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Kymberly Reis
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