The Alameda County Public Health Department’s EMS Corps program, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is helping local health care providers expand and diversify their workforce by training young men and women from the community to be emergency medical professionals.
As this video illustrates, EMS Corps offers more than just traditional EMT training. It also provides students support through life coaching, transformative mentoring, community service, mental health and wellness to improve health outcomes.
“The main thing is to develop strong men...the responsibility for themselves, the responsibility to their families, and their responsibility to their community.” – Michael Gibson, program director of the EMS Corps.
"By identifying and training talented young men of color from some of the most under resourced communities in California's Alameda County, EMS Corps is creating a diverse, highly professional pool of emergency medical professionals with roots in the neighborhoods they serve. The current pilot is demonstrating successful outcomes for participating youth. We’ve made a second grant to help participants with a history of childhood trauma in their own lives to heal their wounds and use their experiences to help others.”