Mission Statement: The Inland Health Professions Coalition is a division of Reach Out working with industry partners, educators, and community stakeholders to address the need for a highly skilled and culturally competent health workforce in the Inland Southern California region.
The Need: The Inland Empire of Southern California, consisting of San Bernardino County and Riverside County, has the lowest physician to population ratio per capita in the state. In 2017, there were only 39 physicians per 100,000 residents. This ratio is far below the recommended 70 doctors per 100,000 people. Through a collaborative effort with health professionals, educators, and political leaders, the Inland Empire is creating a health workforce that is highly skilled, responsive to the community, and passionate about the work that they do!
Our Approach: The Inland Health Professions Coalition utilizes an innovative and diverse approach that incorporates work-based learning programs starting in junior high and continuing through college. To date, IHPC programs have impacted over 20,000 students by providing them with quality experiential learning and cultivating a local network of support. Additionally, Nexus workgroups link healthcare professionals with educators to create a seamless pipeline for careers in healthcare. Nexus workgroups are determined by region to address the unique needs of each region.
Convergence: Led by Reach Out, the Inland Empire’s leader in health workforce development, Convergence is a coalition of healthcare providers, educational institutions, and workforce development specialists who are committed to addressing the growing shortage of healthcare workers in one of the fastest-growing population centers in the United States, the Inland Southern California region. Convergence champions create high-level policy and systems interventions that build a pipeline of healthcare careers and residencies for the health workforce.
On June 18, 2019, Convergence was officially launched during the 10th Annual National Innovative Communities Conference at the Ontario Convention Center.