Flint Healthcare Employment Opportunities (FHEO) Program

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The Flint Healthcare Employment Opportunities (FHEO) Program was designed to assist unemployed and underemployed residents of Flint and Genesee County with obtaining training and employment in the healthcare industry. These training programs include: Certified Nurse Assistant, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Billing and Coding, Registered Nurse, and other high demand health careers.*

*Training opportunities based on funding availability

DO I QUALIFY?

For eligible participants accepted into the FHEO Program, training funds are awarded throughout the year and are based on local employer hiring needs, applicant qualifications, training availability, and the following criteria:

  • Resident of GST MI Works service area and eligible for WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker or Out-of-School Youth services
  • Demonstration of need or experiencing circumstances that make it difficult to focus on a career transition
  • A compatibility for a career in healthcare – clear criminal background, aptitude and capabilities assessments, healthcare career suitability assessment, and drug screening
  • Minimum age: 18 years old
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Veterans strongly encouraged to apply
Don’t Screen Yourself Out. Let Us Screen You In! Call 810-232-2228 for more information!

HOW DO I APPLY?

1. Contact the FHEO Program at 810-232-2228 with your questions and to sign up for the next information session.

2. Get a step ahead, fill out your program application now – APPLY HERE

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Program components are designed by FHEO Program employers to give participants the background, skills, and experience needed to succeed in a health care career.

Participants receive:

  • Career readiness and “fit” assessments
  • Three week Healthcare Life Skills Training and Career Exploration Workshops
  • A career advisor to assist with decision making and goal achievement
  • Tuition funding
  • Assistance with books, uniforms, exam/license fees and work supplies
  • Resume, interview skills, financial literacy and other workshops to improve competitiveness in the workplace
  • Employer connections and job search assistance

FHEO PROGRAM STEPS

FHEO Program Steps

FHEO PROGRAM PARTNERS

The Flint Healthcare Education Opportunities (FHEO) Program has been identified by GST Michigan Works! Agency as the lead healthcare service provider for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Career Services (Adult and Dislocated Workers Program) and WIOA Out-of-School Youth Services.
The FHEO Program’s partner organizations make our work to assist residents with training and education for future healthcare careers a shared success by helping participants find sustainable careers while helping meet the needs of local healthcare employers. In addition to our funders, FHEO Program partner organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • Ascension Genesys Hospital
  • McLaren Flint
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • Hamilton Community Health Network
  • GST Michigan Works!
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Baker College of Flint
  • Flint STRIVE
  • Mott Community College
  • Mott Workforce Development
  • Genesee Intermediate School District
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
  • DaVita Dialysis
  • Charter Healthcare Training Center
  • Ross Medical Education Center

FHEO PROGRAM HISTORY

The Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) is the lead agency for the Flint Healthcare Employment Opportunities (FHEO) Program and the lead Healthcare Service Provider for GST Michigan Works. Established in 2002, the FHEO Program trained its first graduating class in January 2003. Started thanks to the vision of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the FHEO Program has received funding from the C.S. Mott Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, GST Michigan Works, the Aspen Institute, and the United States Department of Labor.

Advance Care Planning – Your Health Your Choice

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In life, we plan for many things. We prepare for our retirement, plan trips, and save money for our children’s education. Yet, we often forget to plan for our future healthcare treatment. No one can predict when a sudden illness or accident may occur, leaving a person unable to make personal healthcare decisions. Advance care planning is about ensuring that the healthcare treatment you receive is consistent with your wishes and preferences. It’s a gift to you and your family that promotes peace of mind.

Advance care planning is the process of coming to understand, reflect on, discuss, and plan for a time when you cannot make your own medical decisions. Effective planning is the best way to make sure your views are respected by your loved ones and health providers. This process provides great comfort to those who may make end-of-life decisions for you.

Your Health Your Choice is provided as a free service to the residents of Genesee County. First Steps® certified advance care planning facilitators are available at no cost to meet with individuals and guide them through the ACP process. ACP facilitators help you to reflect on and document your end-of-life healthcare wishes and preferences. They help make sure that those wishes are shared with your family, loved ones, and healthcare professionals to ensure that they are honored when you can no longer speak for yourself. To find out additional information or schedule an appointment to complete an advance directive or review your existing advance directive, please visit www.yourhealthyourchoice.org.

Flint Registry

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People who were impacted by the Flint Water Crisis can now participate in a voluntary secure registry which will aim to connect them to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health while promoting wellness and recovery.

Michigan State University will carry out the registry in collaboration with a broad partnership including leadership form the City of Flint, Greater Flint Health Coalition, educators, clinicians, and community-based organizations that serve Flint residents.

In addition to linking residents to supportive programs and resources, the registry will document the effects on residents affected by lead-tainted tap water and evaluate the effectiveness of health, educational, environmental and community services on improving the health of participants.

Enrollment into the registry will begin in fall of 2018.

Registry Pre-Enrollment

Enrollment into the registry will begin in fall of 2018, however pre-enroll now to get the most up-to-date information. To pre-enroll, visit www.flintregistry.org, contact (833)GO-FLINT or email, FlintRegistry@hc.msu.edu for more information.

Community Data Scorecard

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The Community Data Scorecard, conducted by the Data Review Subcommittee, focuses on the collection and assessment Genesee County data to both inform and validate the activities of the Greater Flint Health Coalition as well as assist with the identification of community health needs. A major activity of the Subcommittee is to compile data from federal, state, and local resources including the voluntary sharing of data from its insurance, purchaser, provider, and government representatives into its Community Data Scorecard, which measures ongoing changes and impacts on the healthcare delivery system and health status in the Genesee County community. Partner organizations that contribute data for integration into the Scorecard include Genesee County’s primary health insurers (Health Alliance Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, and McLaren Health Plan), all three Genesee County hospitals (Genesys Health System, McLaren Flint, and Hurley Medical Center), safety-net providers (Hamilton Community Health Network, Mott Children’s Health Center, and Genesee Health System), the City of Flint, Genesee County Health Department, Genesee County Medical Society, Genesee Health Plan, Genesee Intermediate School District, and Genesee County Department of Human Services.

The Scorecard incorporates a wide range of data components to effectively monitor and analyze health trends occurring Genesee County, including data related to:

  • Population, socio-economic, and economic Status;
  • Physician capacity and access;
  • Health plan utilization;
  • County health status;
  • Health care economic impact;
  • Child and birth measures; and
  • Collective impact measures.

The Scorecard serves as a useful tool in guiding areas of joint opportunity throughout the community.

Commit to Fit! Cooking with Kids

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The Commit to Fit! Cooking with Kids is a free program that teaches families about healthy eating and preparing affordable foods from diverse cultures. This evidence-based program empowers children and families to make healthy food choices through hands-on learning with fresh local foods and simple recipes. Participating families are provided with weekly incentives, nutrition resources, and a cook book at the end of the four week program that focuses on preparing health meals on $4 or less a day per person. The classes meet once week and days as well as times vary throughout the year.

Commit to Fit! Cooking with Kids Recipes Include:
• Cuban beans with yellow rice, pineapple-banana salad, and green salad with lime dressing
• Potato pancakes with homemade applesauce
• Vegetable paella with Mediterranean flatbread
• Minestrone with breadsticks and fresh spinach salad
• Ethiopian lentils and cucumber yogurt salad
• Japanese rice bowl with crunchy cabbage salad

Parent’s Favorite Parts of the Commit to Fit! Cooking with Kids Program
“My favorite part of the program was trying new foods with my family without the commitment of buying a lot of groceries and being able to see what my son will eat. I enjoyed the class, it gave me new recipes and veggies to try.”
“I loved how kids can help in chopping and stirring of meals. Now my kids look for healthy foods to eat.”
“My favorite part was seeing my children willing and eager to cook and eat different foods.”
“Everything especially that we got to try new foods and learn new things.”

Children’s Oral Health Baby Those Baby Teeth Campaign

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The Children’s Oral Health Baby Those Baby Teeth Campaign seeks to implement interventions to eliminate the access barriers to dental services for children ages zero through five years.

After assessment of the current system of children’s dental care and existing barriers to dental services, the Children’s Oral Health Task Force focused on oral health education as its central activity. The Children’s Oral Health Baby Those Baby Teeth Campaign seeks to increase parents’ and caregivers’ recognition of the importance of oral health, educate them on good oral health behaviors to practice with their children, and raise providers’ awareness of children’s oral health issues while promoting best-practice related prevention.

The Baby Those Baby Teeth Campaign places a special emphasis on strategies for the population most at risk for developing tooth decay – low income children covered by Medicaid insurance. Successful strategies that have been adopted by other communities include the Children’s Oral Health Education Wheel (of which over 100,000 have been distributed) and Dentist Referral Guide for Infants & Toddlers.

Flint Kids Are

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This community-wide communications campaign was designed to inspire hope and promote health of Flint area kids. The message of the campaign is that Flint Kids Are strong, smart, healthy, creative and capable of achieving anything that they set their minds to – and they are going to prove it to you.

The Flint water crisis has had a significant impact on the lives of Flint children. The Flint Kids Are campaign gives kids a way to tell their own story, using their own words.

“Our Flint Kids amaze and inspire me every day,” says Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Director, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. “This campaign is critically important because it allows Flint kids to share with other Flint kids their incredible message of hope, strength and positivity.”

The campaign belongs to the community and was developed in collaboration with the Greater Flint Health Coalition, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, National Basketball Players Association, and the United Way of Genesee County. Funding for the campaign is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

If you or your organization would like to get involved or receive campaign materials, contact the United Way of Genesee County at 810-232-8121. You may also learn more about the Flint Kids Are initiative at flintcares.org/flintkidsare or by using the hashtag #FlintKidsAre online.

Workplace Wellness

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Good Health is Good Business.

ToolkitCoverPhotoWith increasing healthcare costs, and employees spending upwards of 40 hours a week at work, employer based wellness programs are crucial to improving the health of Genesee County residents. To support the implementation of effective workplace wellness programs, Commit to Fit has created a free, Employer-Based Comprehensive Wellness Toolkit.

For businesses new to workplace wellness, this Toolkit serves as a step by step guide for successful program implementation; from gaining leadership support, to creating healthy work environments. For established workplace wellness programs, this Toolkit provides you with information on FREE Commit to Fit programs available for your workplace, and ideas for program expansion. To request a Toolkit contact commit2fit@flint.org.

Commit to Fit Certified Healthy Workplace Designation

This certification aims to acknowledge businesses actively working to improve the health of their employees by providing workplace wellness programming and a healthy work environment. Businesses and organizations will be scored on the comprehensiveness of their current workplace wellness programs. Categories include: workplace environment, policies, leadership support and wellness program components. All Genesee County and Flint businesses and organizations are eligible to participate.

To Apply:

Visit commit2fit.com to complete the application for the Certified Healthy Workplace Designation. Application opens October 1 – December 1 and June 15 – July 15 each year.

To learn more about implementing a workplace wellness program with support of Commit to Fit, contact Commit to Fit at commit2fit@flint.org or visit www.commit2fit.com today.