Samuel Merritt College Partners with City Leaders to Increase Healthcare Employment

Oakland Mayor Ron DellumsFor the past six months Samuel Merritt College (SMC), along with several healthcare organizations such as Alta Bates Medical Center (ABSMC), Kaiser Permanente, Children's Hospital and Alameda County Medical Center, have been invited by the Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums' Office to provide input in the need and available resources to increase the healthcare workforce in Oakland.

With assistance from School of Nursing, Financial Aid and Academic Affairs, information was gathered to showcase what SMC is doing to combat the nursing shortage, increase knowledge of available healthcare job opportunities and fulfill the educational goals to ensure that graduates are learning about safety and human error across the medical curricula.

The SMC profile was given to the Oakland Partnership Healthcare Cluster group to be included in the City's healthcare strategy report, to be used by Mayor Dellums' office.

"The goal of the Oakland Partnership is to devise an economic development strategy to create a thriving, innovative, equitable, globally competitive regional economy that creates 10,000 new jobs in the next five years by tapping into the creativity and talent of all segments of the population and providing benefits to all Oakland residents and businesses," said Joe Haraburda, President, Chief Executive Officer of Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

On May 2, Mayor Dellums hosted his second annual Economic Summit encouraging community leaders to explore the best ways to collaborate and move Oakland's economy forward in a way that benefits everyone. The conference discussed the active work of several healthcare organizations that is being done to fulfill the healthcare workforce. Frank Tiedemann, President/CEO of Children's Hospital Oakland, pointed out how SMC has been actively working on fulfilling that need.

Oakland Partnership

"The enthusiastic support for the Oakland Partnership shows us that when we work together, we can and will transform Oakland's economy," said Haraburda. "We can make great progress when government, business, education, community and labor leaders collaborate to achieve their shared goals and objectives."

The objective of the summit was to unveil to the general community the next action steps to move Oakland's economy forward and present the latest results from the Oakland Partnership, a 'public-private collaborative effort to create and implement an economic development strategy for Oakland.' SMC was represented by Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations, Elizabeth Valente. For more information on the Oakland Partnership, log onto

Photo Credits: Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce


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