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In an effort to support student talent and promote regional workforce development, the Learning Inspired Field Experience Program (LIFE) brings students and employers together to give students experience in a health care environment. This program offers an opportunity for select students to pursue field experience, to gain first-hand work experience, and to determine a career interest. Participants in LIFE engage in a field experience where they become actively involved in observing various sectors of the healthcare industry. Select students will have the opportunity to gain learning experience in the healthcare field. Additionally, participating students take part in a number of training and workshops that are designed to build students’ personal and professional competencies.

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Student interns from IHPC’s LIFE Program

Student interns from IHPC’s LIFE Program


March 26, 2019

California State University, San Bernardino


New this year - you may reserve your spots! IHPC has instituted a new online RESERVATION and REGISTRATION process. Please mark your calendars with the following dates: 


Date: Tuesday, March 26th

Start time: 7:30 AM

End time: 2:30 PM

Event Address: 5500 University Pkwy, San Bernardino, CA 92407 (Drop off will be at the front of the school)

Priority Reservation - Ends January 31, 2019.  If you are a contracted school who has not completed your reservation, please contact your Outreach Specialist for more information.

Open Reservation - Now open for non-contracted schools. Non-IHPC contracted schools will be required to sponsor their school to attend the conference (see Sponsor-A-School sponsorship level below) this year. The following steps will be required:

1) Email Alia Caldwell to reserve your slots with proof of a confirmed bus reservation.

2) Pay for up to 35 students at the Sponsor-A-School sponsorship level ($1,700 flat fee). Let us know if you require an invoice to process payment.

3) Register your student roster by February 22, 2019. 

Conference Schedule 


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM          School Check In

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM          Opening Session and Keynote Speaker

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM          Walking Transition

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM         Workshop Session I

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM       Transition

10:40 AM - 11:25 AM        Workshop Session II

11:25 PM - 11:35 AM Transition

11:35 AM - 12:35 PM         Vendor Fair and Lunch

12:35 PM - 12:40 PM Transition

12:40 PM - 1:30 PM          Workshop Session III

1:30 PM - 1:40 PM Transition

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM           Closing Session and Keynote Speaker

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM Bus Pick-Up/Departures

What to bring

Teachers: Please bring a copy of your districts field trip liability waiver, parental permission slip, and signed photo release form. Some or all of these may be combined into one document - this varies from district to district. For your convenience, you may use the standard Reach Out photo release form if your district does not provide one. 

Check In

Upon arrival, please assemble your group on the mall with a chaperone. We ask that one teacher/chaperone check in the entire group and bring copies of

  1. liability forms

  2. permission slips

  3. photo release forms

  4. roster of students in attendance

You have until March 12th to make changes to your final registration roster online. Any changes after that must be handled at the check in tent. Be advised that the paperwork you bring must be reflective of the actual students in attendance. We cannot allow students on CSUSB property without the appropriate waivers and permission slips. 

Chaperone Duties

CSUSB is a big campus! You will be dropped off at CSUSB Student Union and then we will be transitioning on foot to the School of Education for the workshops. Please keep an eye on your students. There will be plenty of volunteers and staff on hand to assist but it is still your responsibility to keep tabs on your students through out the conference. Students may not leave campus during lunch.

VIP Resource Room

Our popular VIP resource room for teachers and presenters will be located in the College of Education. Teachers, be prepared to load up with lots of goodies and classroom resources. A continental breakfast will also be available in the resource room. Teachers may attend any workshop they like and we welcome your feedback!

What to Wear

Students must dress in attire reflective of an adult conference setting. School uniforms, medical scrubs and coats, are acceptable. Absolutely no jeans, torn clothing, shorts, flip flops, short skirts, or graphic tees are permitted. CHANCE OF RAIN - Please bring umbrellas, rain jackets, etc in case it sprinkles on us! 



The conference workshop schedule will be available soon. Students will receive a conference program, workshop schedule, name badge, and their personalized line up of workshops with their name badges. In order to introduce students to a variety of health careers, each student will be able to attend three (3) sessions. Every effort will be made to include a workshop on their specific area of interest when indicated on their registration form. 


A nut-free sack lunch will be provided. It will consist of a sandwich piece of fruit, cookies, and bottle of water. Snacks will be included in each student's conference back pack. Students with special dietary needs (gluten allergies, vegan, etc) should be prepared to bring a lunch with them. 

Wrapping up the day

The conference will end at the CSUSB Student Union on the main campus and wrap up at 2:30 PM. Your bus drivers will receive instructions on parking for the day and how to return to the Student Union for pick up (coming soon). Because of ongoing construction which is causing traffic congestion on campus, our host asks that school groups remain seated in until your school is called to leave. This will greatly assist the CSUSB event staff in facilitating a safe (and quick) pick up experience for everyone. 

MAPS and DRIVING Directions

Bus Drop off: We have provided a detailed color map for download to share with your drivers. Schools will NOT be utilizing the main CSUSB campus entrance so please provide this map and driving directions to your drivers!


We are here to help! This year's conference coordinators are Talene Zadekian and Tiffany Brailey. Please feel free to reach out to them or your Outreach Specialist for questions or concerns: or Main office: 909-982-8641. 

Sponsorship Opportunities


The Inland Health Professions Coalition, a program of Reach Out, is proud to announce the 2019 Health Professions Conference (#HPC2019) to be held March 26, 2019 at California State University, San Bernardino. This conference provides more than 500 high school students in the Inland Southern California Region the opportunity to explore health careers through keynote presenters and interactive workshops. Students learn about the health workforce needs of the Inland Empire, diverse career options, and what they can do now to prepare for a future in health care.

The theme of the conference, Plan Now, Live Well, Serve Here, reflects Inland Southern California’s vision to build a competent and culturally-responsive health workforce and will include:

  • Health professional presenters that reflect the diversity of our region.

  • Networking and information booths from community colleges, universities, county services, and non-profits.

  • Take-home resources on careers, scholarships, and professional development.

  • Educator-only track for teachers and counselors.

Your tax-deductible sponsorship will help defray the considerable costs of providing this conference to our future health workforce.  This includes venue expenses, materials, personnel, transportation, food, water, and a backpack of free resources.

Download our sponsor application form to get started today!

Reach Out is dedicated to the health of our communities and bringing people together to solve our region’s toughest issues. It is only through strong community partnerships that we can continue to offer free, vital community events like the Health Professions Conference, the National Innovative Communities Conference, and the Annual Community Health Fair. We appreciate your support and look forward to partnering with you! Sponsorship application.

Workshop Presenters

WHAT TO EXPECT: Directions and parking information to the CSUSB School of Education will be sent to all presenters at least 2 weeks prior to the conference. Presenter check in will be highlighted on the map. We will be providing you a delicious bag lunch during the exhibitor fair (11:30 am - 12:30 am). Please feel free to attend the closing general session at the event center at 1:45 PM. 


WHO: Do you love what you do? Can you share your passion with youth and demonstrate an aspect of your career through photos, videos, or an activity? We are looking for dynamic health care professionals serving in the Inland Empire who can share their health career in an exciting and interactive way. 


WHAT: Speakers are asked to create an interactive workshop geared toward high school students interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field. Sessions should be 45 minutes in length and include time for a relevant, career-focused activity (hands-on/interactive/visual/case study) followed by a brief Q&A. In general, breakout sessions will range between 30-45 students depending on room capacity and topic.


AUDIENCE: 500 high school students from all over the Inland Southern California Region will attend this one-day conference. Each student will attend three workshops. The majority of these students are enrolled in a health pathway at their respective high school and are interested in learning about the opportunities, day-to-day aspects, career trajectory, and skills needed for a particular field of practice.   


TOPICS: We seek to expose students to the widest possible variety of health careers in order to assist them in finding the right fit for their interest.  This includes entry-level health careers such as medical technology, psychiatric technician, clinical laboratory assistant, and certified nursing assistant.


Here is a sample list of careers we would like to offer as part of the workshop line-up:

  • Future of medicine: New, cutting-edge health and technology careers i.e. bio-engineering, robotics, etc.

  • Primary care: MD in all specialties, PA, RN, NP, etc.

  • Allied health: Dental hygienists, diagnostic medical sonographers, dietitians, medical technologists, OT, PT, radiographers, RT, speech language pathologists, etc.

  • Public health: Mental/behavioral health, gerontology, health care administration, etc.

  • How to make high school count toward your healthcare career

  • Working in underserved communities and/or being a minority in the field (unique advantages, barriers, and opportunities).

  • Other health careers: Pharmacy, dentistry, phlebotomy, etc.


Contact:  Alyse Michaelis at or Luke Ridout at or call us at (909) 982-8641 for assistance or questions.

Proposal Deadline: February 22, 2019

 Call for vendors

Vendors are an essential component of the Health Professions Conference; as a vendor, you will work at a booth and meet with health pathway students to discuss how your organization will assist them in meeting their career and educational goals. Vendors also have the opportunity to promote their organization and connect with the youth/teachers of the inland empire.

All exhibitors will be provided with:

  • 1 6’ table, 2 chairs

  • 2 lunch vouchers

  • Other accommodations must be made prior to the event.

Exhibit Fair: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Students will receive a punch card to encourage engagement with exhibitors. Exhibitor check-in/set up time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am.

How to sign up to be a vendor:

Fill out the following application and email it to by February 20, 2019.

An Approach That Works: Work Based Learning

Creating a strong workforce: The work based learning model used by IHPC, addresses some of the main skills that employers are now looking for in new hires. Student become competent in skills such as, critical thinking, teamwork, work ethic, and leadership.

What does the research show?

Research now shows that high school students who participate in work based learning and mentorship have an increased sense of confidence, clear career goals, and the skills to pursue a particular career path. Those who have participated in this form of on-site learning are more likely to obtain a higher paying entry level position (health workforce current income median in the Inland Empire is $59,494) and pursue post-secondary education! Employers have reported a 65-70% on the job retention rate for their new hires that received prior internship experience. It is a win-win situation!

Image 1: Methodology of work based learning

Image 1: Methodology of work based learning

Work Based Learning Programs offered by IHPC

  • Awareness: Learning about work

    • J.U.M.P. Club: Pre health professions club for junior high students offering hands on educational experiences

    • Adopt-An-Agency: Classroom service project

    • Career Corners: Health career education activities and tabling at events

    • Career Speakers: Classroom presentations by health professionals

    • Health Professions Conference (HPC): Youth-based professional health center conference

  • Exploration: Learning about work

    • HOSA: Health Occupations Students of America—High school pre-health professions club offering site visits and hands on educational trainings/experiences

    • Health Site Visits: Structured student field trips to health entities

    • Job Shadowing: On-site student observation at health entity

    • Bootcamps (911, Adulting 101, etc.): Short term career exploration

    • Career-Specific Seminars: In-depth career discovery and education

    • Mentoring: One-on-one professional mentoring of health pathway student

  • Preparation: Learning THROUGH work

    • White Coat Program: 4-hour unpaid internship experience in healthcare

    • 20/20: Student job shadowing at eye clinics

    • Mock and Informational Interviews: Professional development

    • Service Learning: Team-based healthcare project or activity

    • Project based learning: Team based healthcare research and development

    • LIFE (Learning Inspired Field Experience): IHPC Internship program in healthcare

  • Training: Learn FOR work

    • Teacher externships: Professional job shadowing for classroom educators

    • Work-based learning institute: Educational training for teachers

    • Teacher resource day: Resource development for teachers

    • CPR Training: Student certification

    • Youth Mental Health First Aid training: Student certification

  • Pipeline Development: Supportive Services

    • Articulation: Intermediary services for high school and community colleges

    • Dual Enrollment: Intermediary services for high school and community colleges

    • Memorandum of Understanding: Industry partnership with IHPC

    • New Programs: Initiatives, trainings, and programs run by IHPC

    • Advisory board for Health Academy

Program Highlights of Work Based Learning

906 students participated in site visits for 4,530 hours of exposure

959 students complete hands only CPR Training

141 students completed an internship resulting in a total of 9,268 hours!
—Inland Health Professions Coalition, 2018

Interested in connecting with an IHPC program?

Please contact Senior Program Manager, Rehman Attar at 909-982-8641 ext. 121 or at