Health Career Pathways

Building a health workforce from within Del Norte and Tribal Lands


Bringing educators, employees and youth together

Del Norte is a rural community with limited access to health care professionals. The entire community has supported recruitment and retention of physicians for many years with limited success. After talking with many employers, homegrown healthcare professionals

and youth desiring to enter the field, it was clear that a radically different approach needed to be taken.

A new partnership and collaboration between local health care employers and educators formed dedicated to “Growing Our Own Health Workforce.” Employers committed to engaging directly with youth in and out of the classroom, providing guest speakers,internships and mentorship opportunities.

To engage youth earlier on middle and high school teachers are receiving training and labs that allow them to integrate more health related information into their curriculum. College of the Redwoods is also hosting The Youth Training Academy each summer, including a Health Careers Exploration path and local health employers provided internship opportunities through the E3 program with the school district and workforce center. Our communities’ future health and wellness depend on the success of our young people today and that is owned by all of us.


We are working with educators from pre-school to four-year universities to develop educational opportunities and pathways for local youth.

Our current work includes:

• Pre-school to second grade: Dramatic Play Kits.

• Third to fifth grade: Afterschool curriculum.

• Seventh and eighth grade: Health Pathway support integrated with high schools.

• Del Norte High School: CTE Pathway launching in fall of 2018.

• Sunset and Castle Rock schools: Health Pathway development support.

• College of the Redwoods: Health Pathway capstone class. "LVN to RN Bridge" program for fall 2019.

• Humboldt State University: "RN to BN Bridge" program for fall 2019.


Healthcare employers representing more than 1,000 jobs in Del Norte County are participating in this initiative. There are three levels of commitment and participation:

• Provide guest speakers to expose youth to a variety of health care careers and topics.

• Offer work-based learning opportunities to youth, including job shadowing, volunteering and internships.


As we build the education and occupational opportunities, we build a pipeline for youth interested in health careers. In the summer of 2018 we began developing our first cohort of students with BHC's summer Youth Training Academy and the Del Norte Workforce Center's E3 program (education, employment and experience). Ongoing opportunities include spring and fall health seminars for all high school students.

For more information call Barbara Browning at 707-826-3409 or email





“I need an adult to believe in me, and help me navigate a path to success.”

– Del Norte youth


“I really believe that Del Norte County, because we’re such a small community in such a rural area, we’re going to have to be the leaders and California can catch up to us.” — Health Employer


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