Healthcare Innovation June 28, 2022
David Raths

‘Freedom House 2.0’ trains and employs first responders, community health workers from economically disadvantaged communities

One of the key social determinants of health, employment, took on new urgency when the pandemic caused widespread job losses. In July 2020, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) launched a Pathways to Workinitiative to provide training, education, and direct support to increase access to employment for UPMC Health Plan members.

Part of that effort is UPMC’s “Freedom House 2.0,” a project designed to train and employ first responders from economically disadvantaged communities, many of which have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

Run through the UPMC Center for High Value Care, the program provides training and support to individuals facing health and economic disparities....

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