Health Professions Education Consortium of Lake County (HPEC)

Sequoyah Hubbard, right, demonstrates clinical diagnostic testing as Leslie Venegas looks on during a tour of the Healthcare Careers Pathway Academy at North Chicago Community High School. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Daniel.

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Recent Updates

September 2017 — With funding from the Telligen Community Initiative, HPEC established strategic partnerships with regional healthcare employers to better align education and training with the regional workforce needs in health informatics. This work includes increasing awareness for and the adoption of apprenticeship programs that benefit both students and employers. Read more

June 2017 — In AY 2016-17, HPEC provided healthcare career exploration field trips to students from 11 high schools, and 63 students from four high schools participated in healthcare simulation cases in the Rosalind Franklin University Simulation Laboratory.  HPEC also provided information on careers in health informatics to more than 300 students, and partnered with ISAC to organize a workshop on financial aid for students from North Chicago High School.

Region Story

The Health Professions Education Consortium launched in 2012 to improve the college and career readiness of regional students with an interest in entering the health professions. The 16 member Consortium, comprised of regional leaders in higher education, industry and workforce development, is providing opportunities to closely examine and develop solutions that address the mismatch between career training in the health professions and regional workforce needs for Illinois’s Lake, Cook, and McHenry Counties, as well as Wisconsin’s Kenosha County.

Areas of Expertise

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Pathways Curriculum Development
  • Relation Management

Community/Region of Focus

Lake County, with a peripheral focus on Cook and McHenry Counties.

Prioritized STEM Industry Clusters

  • Health Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • IT

Key Successes to Date

  • Establishment of Healthcare Pathway Academy at North Chicago Community High School (NCCHS)
  • Prenatal Health and  Newborn Care Education for the Community Healthcare Workers of Lake County
  • Secured several grants to support the current HPEC initiatives
  • Increased the number of HPEC members

Key Activities for Upcoming School Years

  • Register students from Oakton Community College, Harper College and College of Lake County to the AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Management (HIM) Apprenticeship Program certified by the United States Department of Labor (DoL)
  • Begin an education pathway program with Lake County Tech Campus, College of Lake County  and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in partnership with Lake County Partners and Lake County Workforce Development to meet employer needs
  • Continue to support for the Healthcare Pathway at NCCHS and begin work with Waukegan Community Unit District #60
  • Continue to support the Community Health Workers education /trainings programs.