Lessons Learned and Insights from the Investments in Health Career Pathways

The California Endowment launched 21st Century Pathways to Health Careers in 2013 to expand the capacity of the state’s health systems following the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The career pathway strategy focused on developing programs and systems that prepare youth for careers in health care and sought to engage K-12 students, entry-level health workers, and youth of color training for health careers in underserved communities. These efforts were designed to increase access to high-quality, cost-effective care for a growing number of insured Californians. Varying combinations of these strategies were implemented across the 14 Building Healthy Communities (BHC) sites.

This report key findings from a two-year evaluation of the strategy.