Essential hospitals know health care goes beyond the hospital walls to include the economic health of a community, and many are dedicated to providing job training and an inclusive work environment for community members.

Association member Broadlawns Medical Center, in Des Moines, Iowa, recently received an America’s Job Honor Award for its TECH and TEACH programs. In partnership with Urban Dreams, a nonprofit, and Central Iowa HealthWorks, a United Way initiative, Broadlawns provides job training and employment opportunities to people with barriers to entering the workforce, including criminal convictions.


Iowa Job Honor Awards 2018: Broadlawns Medical Center (Des Moines) from America’s Job Honor Awards on Vimeo.

TECH (Training and Educating for a Career in Healthcare) targets high school students who live in the low-income areas around the hospital, while TEACH (Training and Educating Adults for a Career in Healthcare) targets adults. Participants take a certified nursing assistant course and develop customer service and professional skills.

Since 2017, 96 people have participated in TEACH and TECH, 87 percent of whom are minorities and 25 percent of whom have a criminal record. Seventy individuals have graduated, and 43 work at Broadlawns, as of July 2019.

America’s Job Honor Awards recognizes disadvantaged individuals who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers that help them enter the workforce. Iowa awardees were recognized at a luncheon held at the Iowa Society for Human Resource Management Conference, in September 2018.

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