Welcome to DHTI!
We're always looking for new students to enroll in our program. Our team is passionate about increasing diversity in healthcare in the Bay Area and about developing skills for new arrivals to take with them to the healthcare workplace through coaching, connecting them with mentors, and volunteering. We work with people who have been in the U.S. for a short period and those who have been in the Bay Area for longer. We have participants from Afghanistan, Syria, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Nepal, the Philippines, Guatemala, China, and Mongolia. Our participants often have many years' experience in their previous countries: we've worked with several doctors who had more than 10 years' experience in their home countries. We have also had participants who had little to no experience in healthcare.
Because our participants come from many backgrounds and are at different places in their healthcare careers, we have developed different stages to help newly arrived individuals become employed in the U.S. healthcare system. All participants who have not worked in the U.S. go through our Job Readiness workshops where you learn about resume and cover letters, develop computer skills to apply to jobs without assistance, and to begin to develop leadership skills that you will carry with you as you are becoming more engaged in healthcare. Job Readiness workshops are conducted at the same time as Career Exploration which is the stage that most of our participants begin. Through the Welcome Back English for Health Training Curriculum, Career Exploration builds a foundation for participants to enter the healthcare field. Participants learn about the U.S. healthcare system, the basics of working on a healthcare team, and medical terminology. The heart of this program is an emphasis on soft skills and the importance of soft skills in healthcare.
After the basics, we work with participants to help them enter into credentialing or certification programs at Merritt College, College of Alameda, or other local schools. These programs help develop technical skills after learning soft skills in DHTI's programs.
One of our most important programs is Career Learning where participants complete two stages. The first stage is a 36-hour, in-depth course designed to teach participants how to work as a team, HIPAA, and the differences between working at a clinic, hospital, and skilled nursing facility. Upon completion of the first stage, participants will experience work in different healthcare settings through job shadowing and volunteering.
If you would like to learn more about how you can continue or start your career in healthcare in the Bay Area, come to our next Healthcare Career Awareness Day. Keep up with us at @DHTIOakland and on facebook at Diversity in Health Training Institute.