With unemployment rates as high as 32 percent in some of the neighborhoods in Chicago, effective workforce development programs play a crucial role in preparing individuals for entry-middle skill opportunities within the healthcare sector.

The Advocate Workforce Initiative has seized the OPPORTUNITY to have authentic IMPACT while addressing the NEED. It is our aim to develop and implement ‘best practices’ to be adopted by other metropolitan areas and healthcare organizations.

Programming introduces key healthcare educational concepts through various curriculum tracks offered by select community-based partners and community colleges along with important life and job-readiness skills. Additionally, an external program evaluation will examine the performance of the program as a whole, using feedback from staff and participant interviews as well as program observations to identify programmatic strengths and areas of improvement.

The Initiative strives to cultivate a competitive workforce that has the skills to meet demands at Advocate sites of care throughout the Chicagoland area.

At the end of this plan’s term in 2020, Advocate aims to have created and institutionalized a Healthcare “Initiative” accomplishing the following goals:

  • To align the skills of current job seekers, through industry training, to fill available healthcare jobs in the greater Chicagoland area;
  • To increase diversity within the healthcare sector (Advocate), focused on middle-skilled roles (but, not limited to);
  • To support the advancement of incumbent workers (existing workforce) seeking advanced training and/or career opportunities within the healthcare sector;
  • Support economic development through workforce and health education within the communities that we serve (Chicago and South Suburbs).

The Initiative will serve more than 1,000 individuals by 2020, all who will receive supportive services and guaranteed post-program interviews with Advocate or other regional health care providers.