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Pathways to Careers in Health Care Initiative

Healthcare Industry


Organizations Involved

Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI); Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Hope College; Aquinas College; Grand Rapids Public Schools; Trinity Health; Spectrum Health; University of Michigan Health-West; MSUCHM

Occupations Involved

Students, general

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Workforce Issues Addressed

Training individuals to work in a healthcare profession


The Pathways to Healthcare Careers program at Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) is a pipeline program that is designed to increase the representation of people of color in healthcare provider roles in West and Southwest Michigan. GRAAHI received a $400,000 planning grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation for this program in 2017. The overall initiative has a K-12 student program that provides academic support and culturally-relevant healthcare mentors to students interested in becoming a healthcare professional and has a separate program for college students majoring in health sciences to provide mentoring, job coaching and networking.

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