Statewide program recruits desperately needed health care workers

Statewide program recruits desperately needed health care workers


A new program led by Denver-based nonprofit Community Resource Center is helping to address the urgent need for frontline healthcare workers in Colorado, and one healthcare facility in northeast Colorado already has signed up for the program.

The Colorado Healthcare Corps is a collaborative statewide effort that is recruiting more than 100 individuals to serve as AmeriCorps members in nonprofit healthcare facilities across the state. These members will provide critical support at community health clinics, long term care facilities, adult day centers, assisted living programs, and other facilities.

Participants will receive significant training to prepare for a career in healthcare as well as a competitive benefits package, including a $30,200 living allowance for 46 weeks of service, housing and childcare stipends, money for education or professional certifications upon completion of their term of service, and full health insurance with vision, dental, and mental health support.

Shelly Griffith, CEO at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush, said her facility was eager to join the program.

“We are experiencing a shortage of workers and the Colorado Healthcare Corps and its members will help us fulfill a critical need in our community,” Griffith said. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this program and to bring more talented individuals to the field of senior living by providing extensive on-the-job training and support to help them launch a career in healthcare.”

Maria Fabula, CRC President and CEO, said CRC is now accepting applications for the program and encourages anyone interested in the field of healthcare to apply, regardless of previous experience.

“We’re thrilled to launch this innovative program that will simultaneously provide much needed capacity in the healthcare field while developing a pathway to high-demand careers for people with diverse backgrounds and experience levels,” Fabula said.

The project is a collaboration among the office of Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Serve Colorado, AmeriCorps, and CRC.

Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera praised the public-private partnership of the program.

“Healthcare Corps is another example of how national service and volunteerism address critical needs of our state and communities,” Primavera said. “This new program will help train individuals interested in health care career fields while providing them with the benefits associated with serving as an AmeriCorps member. This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in starting or returning to a career in healthcare.”

The program welcomes applicants who have their CNA, MA or QMAP certifications, as well as those who have no healthcare experience but are eager to learn and explore career opportunities in the growing field.

Interested individuals can visit https://crcamerica.org/chc/ to apply, learn more or register for a virtual information session at 5 pm every Thursday through June 30.