The reason that we went into healthcare as doctors, nurses, administrators and a myriad other roles is to help people live longer, better lives. At Alameda Health Systems, in the San Francisco East Bay, we serve a large “at risk” population. A vital part of the urgent and long-term care we provide is our Health Excellence & Academic Leadership program called HEAL.
Health Excellence & Academic Leadership (HEAL) is a multifaceted youth development program designed to prepare students beginning in the eighth grade through college, for a future as a health care professional.
Beginning in 1991, originally known as the Model Neighborhood Program, HEAL recruits youth from some of the most medically underserved and ethnically diverse areas in Alameda County; including Oakland, Hayward, San Leandro, and Newark. The program operates under the Ambulatory Health Care Services at Alameda Health System, one of the nation’s most comprehensive medical networks.
HEAL provides education and psychosocial support to “at-risk” students in 15 East Bay schools. The program provides paid and unpaid internships, seminars on workforce development, public health, life coaching, and introduction to health care professions to 130-150 public school students per year. Opportunities are designed and implemented according to best practices in adolescent health and wellness, youth leadership development, link learning and career training. Students exit with career goals, certificates of completion, a network of potential supervisors in career pathways, and most importantly, self-confidence.
Educational and community-based programs play a key role in:
The HEAL program seeks to prevent disease and injury, and improve health by educating young men and women on the pressing health issues that exist within their community. These students are then empowered to educate their families and peers with this knowledge, leading to a healthier community.
Strengthening the community is more than fighting disease and improving health. HEAL invests in young people from our community, towards the end of providing them and their families a better quality of life.
We develop a bridge from the classroom to work. We provide them opportunities to connect with professionals who give insight on the requirements to have a healthcare career. HEAL provides students with academic support, ranging from tutoring to life skills training. In this effort we help to build a better tomorrow by engaging these young people and their families today.
Since 1864, the Alameda Health System (AHS) has served the health care needs of the East Bay, south of Oakland, East of San Francisco. We are an organization that continues to adapt and transform as we promote wellness and provide top-quality healthcare to a growing and diverse community.
We are committed to building excellence in everything we do. Our goal is to continue to support our community and to maintain a world-class patient and family-centered system of care.
Our mission of Caring, Healing, Teaching, and Serving All, concisely speaks to the critical responsibility we accept in promoting wellness, eliminating disparities and optimizing the health of a diverse East Bay. The Alameda Health System Foundation plays a vital role in this mission and so do you. Please join us in our effort to help the HEAL Program provide these much needed services!
The mission of the Alameda Health System Foundation (AHSF) is to raise funds and generate community support for the priorities of the Alameda Health System (AHS).
NOTE: All donations are tax deductible through the AHSF.
With your investment and partnership, Alameda Health System will advance its mission of providing access to life-saving care to all in need, and turning no one away who needs hospitalization or outpatient care. Thank you in advance for your support of HEAL.
From HEAL Students, past present and future, and the staff and community of the Alameda Health System, we thank you for your support!
Supporter - Virtual high-five - We will express our thanks on social media and on our online Honor Roll in addition to sending a tax-deductible receipt and our heartfelt thanks.
Tutor - We will express our thanks via a thank you letter and through our online Honor Roll.
Teacher - All of the benefits of Tutor. AND one of our HEAL students will write a personal Thank You letter and tell you of his/her progress because of your support.
Mentor - All the benefits of Teacher AND 1 scholarship given in the name of the person of your choice.
Sponsor - All the benefits of Teacher AND 2 scholarships given in the name(s) of the person(s) of your choice.
Benefactor - All the benefits of Teacher AND 5 scholarships given in the name(s) of the person(s) of your choice.
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