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New nonprofit Futuro Health will grow a network of health care workers

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Did you know that California will need 500,000 additional health care workers by 2024? Kaiser Permanente and Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) have partnered to establish Futuro Health, a new $130 million nonprofit organization that will invest in allied health education and skills training and retraining in order to grow the nation’s largest network of certified health care workers.

Allied health care services, critical to delivering high-quality health care, are provided by a wide range of clinical, administrative, and support professionals including licensed vocational nurses, medical coders, health information technicians, radiologic technicians, and laboratory workers.

“Kaiser Permanente recognizes California’s health care industry is facing a projected workforce shortage of half a million people over the next few years,” said Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Greg Adams. “By investing in health education, skills training, and retraining programs with Futuro Health, Kaiser Permanente, in collaboration with SEIU-UHW, is leading efforts to reverse the shortage trend. This investment effort is consistent with our Nurse Scholars Academy and mental health postgraduate training program.”

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