Nexus Teams: Uniting to Break Barriers to Educational Achievement


San Bernardino Metro Nexus

Serving the cities of Fontana, Rialto, Colton, Redlands, San Bernardino City, Loma Linda, and Yucaipa

The purpose of the San Bernardino Metro Nexus Group is to convene key partners from education, business, community, public sector and funders who have an interest in the San Bernardino region to address healthcare workforce pipeline needs, break down barriers for local students to enter the health career pipeline and expand opportunities in health career education pathways and college for local students.  The group is focused on increasing opportunity for local underserved and/or under-represented minority students.

2019 Meeting Dates: May 20th, August 26th, October 21st, and November 18th at Molina Healthcare in San Bernardino

West/East End Nexus

Serving the cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair, Upland, Claremont, Pomona, and La Verne

The purpose of the WE (West end of San Bernardino/East end of Los Angeles counties) Health Professions Nexus group is to network and engage area health-focused business, schools and partners to support health pathway development and increase the number of K-10 students participating in work-based learning opportunities.

5 Identified Gaps In Current Pathway Programs:

  • Lack of middle school involvement in career pathways.

  • Insufficient pathway marketing which would allow students, parents, and businesses to meaningfully collaborate, strengthen, and help develop these programs.

  • Inadequate connections between elementary, middle schools and community colleges to create seamless healthcare pipelines.

  • Lack of student awareness around lesser known, high demand health professions in the Inland Region.

  • Lack of connection between healthcare pipeline students and area employers resulting in a need for work-based learning opportunities

2019 Meeting Dates: April 25th, May 23rd, August 22nd, October 17th, November 14th at Western University

Innovation Valley Nexus

The purpose of the Innovation Valley Nexus is to connect education, community and innovation in the investment of the healthcare industry.

Meeting Dates for 2019: March 20th, May 22nd, August 28th, October 23rd, November 27th at Kaiser of Murrieta

Riverside Regional Nexus

Serving the cities of Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley, Corona, Norco, Perris, and Riverside

The purpose of the Riverside Regional Nexus (RRN) is to support the development of a diverse health workforce pipeline. This Nexus group will focus on the growth of the health pipeline programs for the Corona, Jurua Valley, Moreno Valley, Norco and Riverside area.

Meeting Dates for 2019: March 13th, May 8th, July 10th, August 14th, October 9th, November 13th

Nexus Quarterly Meetings

Dates: April 1st, June 17th, September 16th, December 16th at Molina Healthcare in San Bernardino

See calendar for the all next nexus meetings and locations. 

Email or call 909. 982. 8641 for additional information

The Convergence

A Conversation for Convergence 

Bringing the leaders of education and healthcare together is game changing!  The December 11th meeting of higher education and health care leaders crystalized the commitment to take action to alter the landscape of the health professions pipeline. ‘We’ve seized the momentum to take action!’   Emulating the success of the Silicon Valley strategy of co-opetition which built the IT workforce in the 90’s, Convergence is moving to reshape our region’s health pipeline. We are creating the synergy to realize the vision of a diverse workforce prepared to care for communities and energize our economy.

Our region’s population of over 4.3 million (more populous than 23 other states) is predicted to be over 6 million by 2025.  The region’s increasing demand for an educated workforce is hampered by its current low educational attainment with only 18% possessing a university degree, and 41% without a high school degree.  Employers are looking outside our region to recruit the workforce they need; or worse yet are relocating the business outside the region. To build for the future we must commit and invest for the health of our communities. 

Health Career Connections (HCC) Program

HCC inspires and empowers the next generation of diverse health leaders. HCC is a comprehensive professional development program that provides paid summer internships to undergraduates and recent graduates in the field of public health and health care. HCC offers the unique opportunity for interns to gain exposure, hands-on experience, and through internships in a variety of settings. 

Past Summit Agendas

Past MEETING Synopsis

Press Event & Reception

More than 30 hospitals and higher ed institution have committed to the mission and goals of the Convergence group.

Top 10 Recommendations (doc)

Inland Coalition/IEEP Health Professions Pipeline Structure (pdf)