Sector Recommendation Brief: Health- Patient Care Coordinators
October 14, 2020
The San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges play a significant role in supplying Health Care workers for key positions such as Home Health Aides, Medical Assistants, and Certified Nursing Assistants. Based on available labor market information, there is significant demand for these occupations and several institutions offer training that prepare students for these positions. However, despite a large supply gap, entry-level earnings for these occupations tend to be lower than the living wage for a single adult in San Diego County ($15.99 per hour). To fill Health Care’s labor market supply gap with workers who are more likely to receive wages closer to the living wage, the region’s community colleges should consider developing new—or revising existing—programs that support a career pathway for Patient Care Coordinators. Patient Care Coordinators ensure that health care facilities (e.g., hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, long-term care facilities) provide high-quality services to their patients. Patient Care Coordinators assess patients’ physical, social, psychological and financial needs as well as explain policies, procedures or services directly to patients.