July Newsletter
Client Success in the Time of COVID-19
Betty, a Together We Rise client, recently secured a contract position as a COVID-19 Epidemiologist for the New Hampshire Department to Health and Human Services. Originally, an epidemiologist and biostatistician in Uganda, she has been trying to break into epidemiology since her immigration to the US as an asylee 8 years ago.

She’s very excited about the new position and the chance to put her experience to good use trying to improve New Hampshire’s COVID-19 response and policy.
Boston Center for Adult Education Joins JVS Boston
JVS Boston and the Boston Center for Adult Education...

We are thrilled to announce that JVS and the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) are joining together to support economic opportunity for Boston area low-income workers, immigrants and others with obstacles to economic success.

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JVS & Spaulding Partnership during COVID
JVS and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network have partnered for several years to train qualified candidates for quality healthcare jobs. Needless to say, instruction in 2020 has been unlike previous years. In mid-March, in compliance with COVID closings, the JVS team transitioned to other means to deliver content:

  • The Disability Services Team moved the Food Services program to Zoom and were able to complete the didactic training on time without losing any participants.  

  • The Patient Care Associate (PCA) training had an added complexity as an external vendor provided clinical training. After diligent research, JVS identified a qualified vendor who was able to successfully train 15 students who are now working and providing patient care at two of Spaulding’s urban inpatient facilities.

"JVS’s consistent sensitivity to the participants’ urgency to enter the workforce and the employer’s crucial need to fill jobs with qualified, competent candidates was unflagging and resulted in satisfaction on all sides," says Colleen Moran, Director, Workforce Programs at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.
The Digital Divide:
Providing Practical Solutions for Workforce Development
As COVID-19 shut down in-person services, many of us transitioned to working from home and delivering services online. But this crisis has brought into stark relief the nation's digital divide, the unequal distribution of digital access by income and by race. On June 24, we held a panel discussion sharing practical solutions for remote learning and service delivery.