When you think about healthcare careers, doctors and nurses probably come to mind first. But there is a looming demand for allied health care workers—so-called “hidden” health care careers that don’t need years of medical school, but they do require training and certification.

People need to know these jobs exist, and then that there is a clear and direct path to getting credentialed.

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Futuro Health CEO (Photo: Futuro Health)

“Health care—it’s a highly credentialed field. So, no credential, no interview. No interview, no job,” explains Van Ton-Quinlivan, the inaugural CEO of Futuro Health.

In this episode of Work in Progress, Ton-Quinlivan explains how Futuro—a brand-new nonprofit partnership between Kaiser Permanente and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers—plans to address the shortage of health care workers throughout nation, starting with California, where the demand is massive.

“Our goal is to get ten thousand new workers credentialed in the next four years and then set ourselves up on a path where we can begin operating at scale and help the country generate more credentialed workers in this area,” Van Ton-Quinlivan tells me.

Futuro’s first CEO is a respected, nationally-recognized leader in workforce development, having experience in both higher education and corporations.

Before we got in-depth about Futuro and how the nonprofit was going to build up the allied healthcare workforce, we talked a lot about her career and her early love of learning, something she has taken into every job she’s had.

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Episode 119: Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO, Futuro Health
Host: Ramona Schindelheim, Editor-in-Chief, WorkingNation
Producer: Larry Buhl
Executive Producers: Joan Lynch, Melissa Panzer, and Ramona Schindelheim
Engineer: Daniel Tureck
Music: Composed by Lee Rosevere and licensed under CC by 4.0.

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