Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board Named Outstanding Workplace of the Year
RAPID CITY –The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) has been named Outstanding Workplace of the Year by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), a national organization dedicated to advancing the field of adult literacy.
The GPTCHB will be recognized as the 2020 Outstanding Workplace of the Year during the Coalition on Adult Basic Education’s national conference, held April 5 to April 8 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD.
“We are extremely proud of the work that we do to improve health outcomes for tribal-citizens across the country. We value each of our staff members and we strive to create a work environment where they can be productive, fulfilled, and happy,” said GPTCHB CEO Jerilyn Church.
Established in 1986, the GPTCHB is an organization representing the 18 tribal communities in the four-state region of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Through public health practices and the formation of tribal partnerships, we work to improve the health of the American Indian peoples we serve by providing public health support and health care advocacy. The organization also operates the Oyate Health Center in Rapid City. At GPTCHB employees enjoy 90% medical coverage, as well as full vision and dental coverage, plus perks like maternal-friendly work environments and paid wellness-time.
Healthcare staff is in high demand on tribal reservations in the Great Plains region. In 2015, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board received a five-year grant to conduct training for Native Americans to address this demand while giving low-income individuals a chance to forward their careers.
Pathways to Healthcare Professions is offered in a cross-section of urban sites, rural areas, and reservations across western South Dakota. This program provides support services for recipients to obtain basic skills education that will lead to a career ladder or recognized credential that is in demand by the local healthcare industry. Services include housing, academic supports, case management, childcare, transportation assistance, tuition assistance, mental health services, alcohol/drug assessment and treatment, rental and utility assistance, and job placement. Pathways to Healthcare Professions works with a network of over 25 state and local partners to provide healthcare instruction, job readiness services, and employment opportunities. These partners include academic institutions, healthcare facilities, and state and tribal agencies.
The program also actively engages with employers. One example is Employer Day, held during the CNA and Med Aide training. Employers are given the opportunity to discuss their company, job openings, and benefits with all the students.
Since 2016, Pathways to Healthcare Professions has enrolled more than 366 participants in healthcare training. More than 315 participants have completed at least one healthcare training since 2016, and 145 participants have gained employment in healthcare.
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) represents a nationwide field of 55,000 adult educators and provides a variety of services, including professional development through annual, state-of-the-art national conferences, more than 50 webinars annually, and publication of the COABE Journal. COABE also launched an award-winning national public awareness campaign and an advocacy campaign that has mobilized the field to more than 100,000 connections with legislators since inception in April 2017. Each year, COABE highlights excellence in the field of adult education by providing competitive, national-level awards valued at $10,000 each, special recognition awards valued at $2,000 each, incentive grants to encourage and promote best practices in the field, and scholarship opportunities: all through special funding provided by The Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
To learn more about COABE’s prestigious award program, go to www.coabe.org or contact [email protected]