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Partnership will advance education and workforce development to improve community health and well-being in the Roanoke Valley

Salem, Virginia., June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Roanoke College and the Carilion Clinic announced a new partnership to advance educational opportunities and workforce development for Roanoke College Carilion students and employees. The partnership will mobilize public health resources to serve the most needy populations in the Roanoke Valley.

“In many ways, the success of our region is built on partnerships between health care and higher education,” said Jeanne Armentrout, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Carilion. “Carilion has benefited from hiring a lot of talent Roanoke College graduates in the past. Their skills and abilities, combined with a passion for service to others, make them a great fit for our culture and our mission.”

The Roanoke College-The partnership with the Carilion clinic:

  • Utilize Roanoke College health-related curricula, such as the Public Health Curriculum, Business Curriculum, research initiatives, and Carilion’s expanding medical education collaborations, to address community health, the wellness and the growing community of healthcare professionals in the area.
  • Build a pipeline for non-clinical healthcare professionals through innovative internships and technical training that prepares students and graduates for careers, demonstrating Carilion skills and Roanoke College place among the founding actors of the Blue Ridge Partnership for Careers in Health Sciences.
  • Create opportunities for continuing education Roanoke College for Carilion employees, building on existing and new training options in technology and administration.
  • Track and measure program goals, including increased placement of non-clinical professionals in future healthcare careers and career development training for Carilion employees to meet the needs of both organizations and the Valley of Roanoke.

Roanoke College and the Carilion Clinic understand the deep connections between health, wellness, education, employment and the regional economy,” said Dr. Shannon Andersoncoordinator of public health studies at Roanoke College. “The partnership will be built on shared goals and values ​​and will find ways to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community by leveraging the resources of both organizations.”

The partnership’s efforts focus on improving community health, preparing students for careers in the health care sector, and supporting the professional development of Carilion’s workforce.

Also, Roanoke College will explore how new majors and academic programs can meet the ever-changing needs of all healthcare employers and the growing biomedical and biotech ecosystem in the region.

“This expanded partnership between Roanoke College and the Carilion Clinic shine a light on the power of higher education and professional health care to meet critical community needs through meaningful work,” said Roanoke College President Michael C. Maxey, who is retiring in July. “There is no greater goal than serving our communities and our fellow citizens. I know that President-elect Shushok is committed to regional growth and the achievement of partnership goals. I am thrilled to see how Roanoke College and Carilion will realize this partnership to launch productive careers and serve the growing healthcare industry. »

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