At Partners HealthCare, helping to develop careers in health care is one of our priorities.
That’s why we’re collaborating with the Kraft Center for Community Health and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to bring young people together with Kraft Practitioners and Fellows – leaders in community health.
Through this partnership we’re providing opportunities for young people who aspire to have careers in health care to engage in conversations with Kraft physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners who can serve as mentors throughout their journey. We know the powerful impact a conversation can have on an individual’s life. Sometimes it’s a conversation between patient and provider, sometimes between researcher and data analyst, and sometimes between mentor and mentee.
Two Kraft Fellows, Dr. Genevieve Daftary and Dr. Joseph Joyner met with this year’s class of HealthCorps Navigators last week to share insights into their own professional development. The HealthCorps Navigators are part of the larger AmeriCorps Program and have committed to a year of service to aid in the development and implementation of programs focused on promoting health education, patient access, physical fitness and healthy eating active living practices.
Like the Navigators, both Drs. Daftary and Joyner are committed to community health and work at health centers in the greater Boston area. Dr. Daftary provides pediatric services at the Codman Square Health Center and Dr. Joyner is a primary care physician at MGH Chelsea Community Health Center.
The Navigators eagerly expressed their interest in community health and the career paths of their accomplished guests. They came prepared with a variety of questions on everything from the changing healthcare landscape to what inspires the doctors on a regular basis. The candid and genuine responses from both doctors offered insights to the young people that will surely prove beneficial in their own journeys into health care.
We know that the need for a strong health care workforce only continues to grow; by 2018, total employment in health care is projected to be 19.8 million. That’s why we are continuing our commitment to workforce development and connecting individuals throughout the system to support our efforts to provide the best and most appropriate care for all.