SJVC Supports California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s New Health Corps Initiative
This week Governor Gavin Newsom launched a new initiative to boost California’s workforce and recruit more health care professionals amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Health care professionals with an active license, medical and nursing students, medical retirees or members of medical disaster response teams are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps by visiting HealthCorps.CA.Gov for more information.
“California’s health care workers are the heroes of this moment, serving on the front lines in the fight against this disease. To treat the rising number of patients with COVID-19, our state needs more workers in the healthcare field to join the fight. If you have a background in health care, we need your help. If you’re a nursing school student, a medical school student, we need you,” said Newsom at a press conference in Sacramento on Monday.
As a career-focused institution that has served the medical community for more than 40 years, we understand the importance of supporting our health care heroes and the communities they serve. We encourage our faculty, staff, students and alumni to share this important initiative.
The state is seeking doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, as well as certified nursing assistants to staff additional hospital beds and treat coronavirus patients.
While social distancing measures will give California time to increase hospital capacity and receive important supplies, the new California Health Corps initiative will hopefully result in additional personnel that will be vital in helping to combat the pandemic.
“With this effort we will see a surge of individuals” who can help in California. “The next few weeks are going to be critical,” Newsom added.
For more ways to support your community, please visit the California Volunteers website at serve.ca.gov.
For more information on the state’s response to COVID-19, visit covid19.ca.gov.
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