VCHCA HOPE SUMMER STUDENT PROGRAM
2022 Health Occupations Pipeline Education (HOPE)
Ventura County Health Care Agency (VCHCA)
The Health Occupations Pipeline Education (HOPE) Student Programming is a collaboration between the Ventura County Health Care Agency (VCHCA) departments and divisions. HOPE is supported by Instructors/Mentors from Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC)/Santa Paula Hospital, Family Medicine Residency and Ambulatory Care.
HOPE was created to provide diverse opportunities for local high school, community college and university students. In a few short years, HOPE has been instrumental in increasing educational opportunities, leadership and professional development for greater than 350 students in our community. The program is designed to provide authentic clinical exposure and service, insight into research and evidence, opportunity to explore professional goals and expand healthcare opportunities. Equipment, supplies, and VCHCA training facilities are used to train students and expose them to new and innovative skills which we hope will inspire them to continue their higher education in healthcare, while building our future workforce.
HOPE student selection considers student opportunities and the focus is to recruit students from historically underserved communities who would otherwise not have access to having role models or mentors in health care fields.
Our goal is to inspire the next generation of healthcare leaders for Ventura County.
HOPE HEALTHCARE STUDENTS
Students will be exposed to a variety of healthcare pathways during this 5-week program while hosted at one of VCHCA Clinical Sites. Programming will run 9 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday. The objective of the program is to expose participants to key skills sets, work ethics, disciplines and fundamental elements of diverse healthcare professionals in a dynamic health care delivery arena.
The 5-week program overlaps with other student programming including our college and university level programming such that all students will be learning together the first week. HOPE will highlight many Divisions of Ventura County Health Care Agency, Public Health, Behavioral Health, Medical Examiner’s Office, Healthcare for the Homeless and many departments including Surgery, Medicine, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Pathology, Oncology, Phlebotomy, BioMed Diagnostics and Technology, Information Technology (IT/Electronic Health) and Health Information Management (HIM), Nursing, Respiratory Therapy and Physical Therapy during orientation.
APPLYING TO HOPE
The 2022 HOPE program has concluded. Check back in early 2023 for information about the next summer's application process.