Reach Out

Reach Out

Category: Increasing Medical Providers
Phone Number:  (909) 982-8641 Website Address:   https://we-reachout.org/

Organization Background
Reach Out’s mission is to strengthen communities by bringing people together to solve the region’s toughest issues: breaking barriers to educational achievement, expanding economic opportunities, and creating safe, healthy, and innovative communities.

Reach Out serves as the backbone for a variety of collaboratives, including the Inland Health Professions Coalition (IHPC) which works to increase the number of health professionals in the region. The IHPC is a diverse coalition of more than 250 representatives of Inland Empire hospitals, universities, nonprofit service providers, community clinics, public agencies, school districts and technical schools and community colleges.  IHPC administers culturally relevant, trauma-informed programs that encourage careers in the health professions among underrepresented minorities and improve their admission and retention rates in health professional schools and training programs through workforce development, education, and outreach. The programs work to build a health professions pipeline to address the critical shortage of diverse health professionals and improve economic outcomes for the Inland Region.

Additionally, the IHPC provides resources for students to learn about training and career development opportunities in healthcare such as allied health, behavioral/mental health, primary care, and public health. Some resources the Inland Health Professions Coalition provides include work-based learning opportunities (job shadowing, mentorship, mock interviews, and internships), and regional health workforce collaborative groups, as well as facilitating annual conferences and workshops on health career education.

Grants

Year Amount Purpose
2021 $25,000 Towards the LIFE Program that provides students with internships and hands-on experience in professional healthcare settings to encourage their pursuit of careers in the field. An equity lens will be introduced into recruitment strategies to ensure Black and Brown youth are well-represented. Also, the grant will be used towards building the mental health support system for youth and training them on the importance of mental health for healthcare workers. This is especially important considering the mental health challenges experienced during the pandemic.
2020 $25,000 General operating support to provide relief during COVID-19.
2019 $30,000 Inland Health Professionals Coalition LIFE Program
2018 $30,000 The LIFE (Learning Inspired Field Experience) Program was developed for students in the Inland Region who wish to plan now, live well, and serve in the IE. It gives students paid internships that provide hands-on experience in health settings. Paid internships open opportunities for low income and underserved students who often cannot afford to take on unpaid internships. This will allow them to have more equitable opportunity to engage fully in the internship experience, and beyond.
2017 $25,000 Inland Health Professionals Coalition