The 2022 cohort of Alameda Health System’s (AHS) HealthPATH interns graduated this week, ending their six-week immersion in the health care sector under the mentorship of clinicians, administrators, and staff at Highland Hospital. Every year, HealthPATH programs provide internships and work-based learning experiences to more than 300 middle school to college students from the Bay Area communities most impacted by health inequities.

HealthPATH is just one of the AHS initiatives intended to train health care providers who reflect the diversity of Alameda, a minority-majority county in the East Bay that is among the most ethnically diverse regions in the country.

“HealthPATH is unique in that it offers opportunities to students who don’t often have access to mentorship from health care leaders,” said James Jackson, CEO of Alameda Health System. “AHS is making this significant kind of investment in our young people. We’re increasing diversity in health care and nurturing a workforce pipeline directly from the community we serve.”

WATCH KTVU coverage of the HealthPATH program, including an interview with instructor Joseph Peters and interns Deric Chau and Marie Kleit, here.