West County Health Pathway Partnership (WCHPP)

Mission: The West County Health Pathways Partnership is a collaborative of education, community based, and employer partners committed to expanded and equitable access to healthcare careers for West County youth. Our strategies include growing and strengthening healthcare career pathways in local high schools and colleges; developing quality work based learning activities; and closing student participation gaps for all of these opportunities. We focus on young people aged 13-14 who are underrepresented in the healthcare workforce and/or who face structural barriers, such as low income, re-entry, English Language Learner and first generation college students. 

Vision: A growing and diverse group of West County youth – including those historically underrepresented in the healthcare workforce – successfully enter and complete rigorous high school pathways and college certificate or degree programs with embedded work based learning activities, resulting in positive health outcomes and strong career preparation for the next generation seeking high growth and high earning healthcare jobs in West County and the Bay area.


WCHPP is a geographically based organization the EBHWP supports through facilitation and staffing of meetings and providing specific technical assistance to move forward the various initiatives and priorities of the group. The Co-Chairs of WCHPP are Lucinda Bazile, LifeLong Medical Care and Shannon Ladner-Beasley, Contra Costa Health. The priority initiatives of WCHPP, outlined by subcommittee, are as follows:

  • Increase and coordinate Employer Engagement

    • Engaging Employers: Health systems and outpatient clinics

    • Identifying and securing internship placements, adding work based learning opportunities

    • Earn and Learn East Bay or other web data systems

    • Develop employer opportunities to support semester long student projects

  • Wraparound Support and Mentorship

    • Map out opportunities and calendar events by employers

    • Identify types of support needs (i.e. academic and social) for students

    • Provide trauma-informed training and resources for health academy teachers

    • Identify best practices on mentorship opportunities

      • Focus on critical periods

      • Examples: Richmond promise, College Bound Brotherhood, YPLAN, PHS

    • Support a pre-FACES program

    • Identify areas of support for the Richmond Promise Program

    • Track other workgroup discussions and success in addressing population needs

    • Evaluate and disseminate information on current landscape of programs for the target population

    • Identify best practices for addressing needs of the target population

    • Help develop a mini-health pathway program for the target population

  • Work Based Learning Design and Inventory

    • Provide college and career readiness opportunities/ WBL continuum all year

    • Inventory of internships and work based learning activities

    • Assessment of Internship experience

    • Develop common curriculum goals

    • Data assessment and tracking