Health Care Organization Outreach To Diverse Populations in McLean County

As an employer that appreciates the value that diversity and inclusion bring to an organization, this organization has an interest in growing interest in healthcare career paths within diverse communities throughout McLean County. While the community has the 8th Grade Career Expo, which focuses more broadly on the exploration of all potential career fields, the HR team at this organization has been exploring potential avenues to engage populations beyond 8th grade to garner interest in specifically in healthcare career paths.

Project Mentor

Krista Spader

has more than 17 years of leadership experience in a fortune 500 company with responsibility for elements such as business operations, planning and strategy and change management. Krista has a number of business designations as well as Master of Science in Management Degree with an emphasis on Leadership. She has served on the board for both public and private organizations and has a long history of mentoring both individuals and groups.

Kevin Bersett

has spent nearly 20 years in the communications field. Before accepting his current position as an editor/writer with Illinois State’s University Marketing and Communications, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and earned his MBA in 2017 from Illinois State.

Additional resource: Becky LaMont, MSN, RN, CNE. Mennonite College of Nursing, who has specific background with this project area.

Competencies needed by faculty and students involved

  • Research & Interpersonal skills
  • Creativity & Curiosity
  • Healthcare Knowledge
  • Strategic thinking, and Graphic Design skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills

Final Deliverable

Assess, develop, and create an execution plan for the appropriate resources and programming to help grow interest in healthcare careers in diverse communities throughout the region. Explore the best venues and vehicles to deliver this type of programming, with a focus on non-traditional types of programming that could reach the intended audience(s), without the need for such resource-intensive efforts.