3 Detroit health systems partner on initiative to hire city residents

Three Detroit-based health systems are teaming up with the city to train hundreds of residents to fill in-demand entry level healthcare positions, according to the Michigan Chronicle.

Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System and St. John Providence will collaborate during the next 12 months to provide job training and placement opportunities for approximately 240 city residents. The collaboration is part of democratic Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's "Detroit at Work" initiative.

Trainees will be identified through the Detroit at Work website or the city's employment solutions services centers and receive training to prepare them for immediately available positions as patient care associates or patient sitters.

Individuals will be able to enroll in the program through the first week of May. Applicants will undergo screenings and an evaluation of their medical history. Accepted applicants will begin training in May. Employers will begin recruiting applicants for open positions as soon as they complete their training.

More than 400 Detroit residents have expressed interest in the program since it launched in February, according to the report.

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