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Job Placement and Readiness

Our mission to build strong, healthy communities goes beyond health care. More than 70 percent of a person's health is tied to factors other than clinical care.1,2 These factors, known as the social determinants of health, include healthy food, proper care access, safe housing, reliable transportation, and community supports.

That’s why community employment is a key part of our work, and why we sponsor a variety of job training and workforce development programs across the country. By helping our members with their career and self-improvement goals, we can improve their social determinants of health — and by extension, their overall health and well-being.

How AmeriHealth Caritas supports community employment

We currently engage in several noteworthy workforce programs:

  • Pathways to Work provides a 12-week internship with AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia along with mentoring, coaching, workshops, and training to increase members’ job readiness.
  • Mission GED offers Keystone First members the tools and support they need to get their general equivalency diplomas (GEDs), further their education, and reach their goals.
  • Next Steps is a collaboration between Keystone First and Project HOME to transition people dependent on government work programs into the workforce. It’s a six-month job-readiness program that offers training and part-time work for the unemployed (including veterans) in Philadelphia.

We also support local small businesses and provide opportunities to help them grow and prosper, which translates to more jobs in our communities and more employment opportunities for our members.

Member success story

Jared,* a member from Michigan, had recently been released from prison after nearly two decades. Unable to find employment, he was hopeless, frustrated, and started using marijuana. Our community service coordination team connected him to an inpatient substance abuse facility for his drug use, as well as to his local MiWorks office to help with his job search. MiWorks specialists helped him refine his resume and job goals and connected him to a commercial truck driving school. Having completed the drug cessation program, Jared is now a licensed commercial truck driver, and he relocated to Indiana for a full-time position.

*Member name has been changed to protect privacy.

1. J.M. McGinnis, P. Williams-Russo, J.R. Knickman, "The Case for More Active Policy Attention to Health Promotion," Health Affairs (Millwood), 21 (2002): 78–93.

2. S. Galea, M. Tracy, K.J. Hoggatt, C. Dimaggio, A. Karpati, "Estimated deaths attributable to social factors in the United States," American Journal of Public Health 101 (2011): 1456 – 65