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Flint Healthcare Sector Initiative

Greater Flint Health Coalition

  • Program Flint Area
  • Program Area Revitalizing the Education Continuum
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2003–June 30, 2004
  • Location Flint, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Flint

About this grant

In 1999, the National Economic Development and Law Center (NEDLC) began investigating strategies to improve the quality and quantity of economic opportunities for residents of the city of Flint. Following the research and planning process, NEDLC recommended the Flint Sector Employment Initiative targeting the health services and manufacturing industries. In response, the Greater Flint Health Coalition initiated the Flint Healthcare Sector Initiative.Funding will enable the coalition to implement and manage outreach, recruitment and training for employment in the healthcare sector for residents of Flint’s Renewal Community, a high unemployment, low-income area within the city of Flint. The coalition will work with Genesys, Hurley and McLaren, the three primary Flint healthcare organizations. Project goals include providing job placement to graduates of the training program; organizing quarterly supervisory workshops for managers of entry-level healthcare employees; and offering training for incumbent healthcare workers living in the Renewal Community.During the first year of the project, approximately 404 residents were served by the outreach and recruitment activities. Of the 52 participants who graduated from the program, 11 are employed by participating healthcare providers; 10 are continuing training through Mott Community College Certified Nursing Assistant program; and 30 are awaiting placement in jobs.