Metropolitan Community College will lead the only program in Nebraska to boost the number of qualified, minority healthcare workers in the Midwest by guiding internationally trained healthcare workers toward the right U.S. credentials.
MCC’s Project Bridge seeks to address the healthcare workforce crisis in the region by attracting, supporting, training and providing healthcare workforce opportunities to internationally trained healthcare workers who are currently underemployed or unemployed in the medical field because their healthcare credentials are not accredited in the U.S. healthcare system. The program also addresses the need to provide culturally competent healthcare in under-served communities.
“So many immigrants with different career backgrounds live among us,” said Victoria N. Muli, program manager for Project Bridge. “By reaching out to those with healthcare backgrounds, we can ease the shortage of healthcare professionals and narrow the cultural and linguistic gap between health services providers and their patients, improving important aspects of care. Healthier individuals lead to healthier communities, which affects all of us.”
Project Bridge provides:
One-on-one consultation, counseling and support in obtaining appropriate professional credentials and licenses.
Exploration of educational offerings and alternative career paths—including choosing a different healthcare occupation through a community college or university or focusing skills and experience in the areas of healthcare management, research, advocacy, teaching or policy.
Free language assessment and testing; identification and assessment of options and barriers to licensure.
Referrals to expanded services.
By helping to promote diversity in the healthcare workforce, Project Bridge works to create a Midwest hub in Omaha for internationally trained healthcare workers, increasing the ethnic and economic diversity in the city by attracting highly competent, qualified and diverse individuals from around the world. A diverse healthcare workforce helps improve patient care outcomes of the under-served and underrepresented patient population in the region by decreasing the disparities between the ethnic makeup of the patient population and that of the healthcare workforce.
The program will serve about 40 individuals annually at little or no cost to participants.
Project Bridge is a community impact initiative of United Way of the Midlands and is also supported by Metropolitan Community College, client fees and private donations. Applications to the program are available online at www.mccneb.edu/projectbridge. To learn more about Project Bridge or how to help, call (402) 738-4794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.