Workforce Development Program Models

This page lists workforce development programs at AAPCHO member centers. For more information about each program, please visit the health center’s website or contact the program coordinator noted.

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Asian Americans for Community Involvement

RYSE Afterschool Program (Resilient Youth Striving for Excellence) is an afterschool program for youth ages 8-15, who live in El Rancho Verde, a low-income apartment complex in East San Jose, CA. Based on the 41 Developmental Assets Model, RYSE increases assets to prevent risky behavior and increase opportunities for success in school and in life.

Project Plus (Peer Leadership Uniting Students) is a 14-week long program that aims to empower young people with the skills and experiences they need to make good decisions, and connects them with positive adult role models and community resources.

For more information, please visit or contact Joma Briones at or 408-347-8133.

Asian Health Services

REACH (Real-world Exposure and Advocacy in Community Health) was created in 2007. The internship has four main components: clinic, special project, advocacy/development/health education, and didactics. The REACH internship aims to develop a new generation of culturally and linguistically competent physicians and leaders for the API community. Through early and comprehensive exposure to the community health center settings and immersion in a culture of advocacy and activism, REACH participants will gain a better understanding of how health care is delivered to an underserved population.

The Community Liaison Unit promotes awareness to low-income immigrants and refugees in the community, educating members of the community about their rights to health care services and resources, health promotion, and disease prevention.

Patient Leadership Councils (PLC), was created to train volunteer advocates to promote health education and to advocate for their communities. PLCs provide important feedback from the community and gives members of the community the foundation to develop leadership skills for civic engagement.

For more information, please visit

Asian Human Services

The Literacy Education for Adults and Families (LEAF) Program‘s goal is to provide low-income immigrants the educational services they need to flourish in an English-speaking environment by offering adult education, childcare, after-school and summer camp, and family activities. The LEAF Program offers programming five days a week from morning to evening, and all classes are free. Classes offered help adult students learn basic computer skills and improve their English, preschoolers prepare for kindergarten, and after-school children keep up with their peers in the classroom.

For more information, please visit or contact Barth Landor, Program Director, LEAF Program at 773-564-4945 or

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

The Jobs to Careers Project is a partnership with the City College of New York, addressing the need for skilled bilingual and bicultural health care workers who can serve the city’s growing Asian-American population. Frontline workers targeted for this project are medical/dental assistants and patient services representatives who provide essential services (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website

Project AHEAD (Asian Health Education and Development) is an 8-week long summer program for college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health care field. Students explore many different health careers through practical field placements, seminars, workshops, and participation in the development and completion of a community health project.

For more information, please visit

Family Health Center of Worcester

Since 1974, the Family Health Center of Worcester (FHCW) has been a teaching site for the Family Practice Residency Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). FHCW is one of three residency training sites for UMMS and is responsible for the recruitment of their residents. Over 130 physicians have been trained in family medicine at FHCW since the program began. The areas of physician expertise that the residents work with include women’s health, family medicine, chronic illness, and complementary and alternative medicine.

For more information on FHCW’s efforts in health professions training, please see the Family Health Center of Worcester page on the UMass website.

Lowell Community Health Center

Community Health Education Center (CHEC)’s mission is to establish and anchor outreach education as a valued practice within public health. CHEC specializes in providing cross training, education, and professional development opportunities for local or regional outreach educators and their supervisors. CHEC offers a comprehensive certificate program, community health education, health modules, seminars and workshops. CHEC also facilitates monthly networking luncheons and publishes a biannual newsletter in support of efforts to provide interactive services.

For more information, please visit or, or contact Sheila Och at

Papa Ola Lokahi

The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program is a service-oriented scholarship funded by HRSA. If selected, students are provided funding assistance for the cost of tuition, fees, books, other related costs, and a monthly stipend while enrolled in the program. For every year of funding that is received, the student is obligated to one year of service in a medically underserved area in the state of Hawaii.

For more information, please visit

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

The Health Career Education Pipeline – Stemming from the mission to “grow our own healers”, the Ho’olokahi Education Department (Ho’olokahi) has over a 1000 graduates in the healthcare field to date, of whom many have gone on to become Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center employees. Ho’olokahi is grant funded and sustained; all grants go directly to the service of Leeward Coast residents to aide in their pursuit of life long learning and access to secondary education. Ho’olokahi offers a wide array of core college classes and healthcare programs, and have strong partnerships with the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Technology Institute.

The Youth Health Corps (YHC) initiative is focused on capturing the interests of the youth in our community and helping them translate those interests into learning opportunities. The initiative provides a safe and healthy hands-on experience for the student participants to engage and learn. Students participate in field trips, internship/shadowing experiences, and mentoring relationships with healthcare professionals. YHC now has a world-class pipeline into higher education in conjunction with Chaminade and A.T. Stills Medical School.

For more information, please visit or contact Amy Asam at 808-697-3218 or