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Workforce Development

ECHO Program

The Expanding Careers and Healthcare Opportunities (ECHO) program, developed in conjunction with the US Department of Labor, provides wide ranging support for high performing employees interested in pursuing career paths in community-based health care. In addition to using self-assessment tools, participants analyze health center-based case studies to develop team building and leadership skills, learn management techniques, enhance their critical thinking and decision-making abilities, explore career tracks, receive mentoring and set educational and employment goals. As an added incentive, participants who successfully complete the ECHO program and enroll (or are already enrolled) in post secondary or college level courses receive an education award of between $750
and $1,000. 

In addition to meeting other specific program standards, eligible participants need to have worked in an entry- to mid-level position at a health center for at least two years. Before taking part in the training courses, selected employees will participate in an assessment process that will identify both their leadership and team interaction style. Three program sessions are led one day a week for four hours over a six-week period with the goal of training six to eight participants per session.

For more information on the League's ECHO program, contact Janice Brathwaite.

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