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Stackable Credentials, Articulation Agreements and Career Pathways:  How NIMAA Delivers on a Vision

By admin | July 6, 2022

By Elena Thomas Faulkner, NIMAA CEO What makes education pathways more accessible and equitable to historically excluded individuals and communities? Stakeholders in education and healthcare circles around the country are currently discussing this very question, particularly when it comes to creating a healthcare workforce that reflects the communities they serve. While the field is making …

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Healthcare Workforce Development Advocacy and NIMAA

By admin | May 12, 2022

By Elena Thomas Faulkner, NIMAA CEO In February, Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper invited NIMAA to provide testimony at a hearing on the revitalization and diversification of the health care workforce. The senator’s invitation was a welcome opportunity to deliver two messages that are core to NIMAA’s mission and goals: medical assistants (and other allied health …

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Internal Strategies Empowering Student Success

By admin | March 15, 2022

As new students prepare to start school, they think about the supplies they will need, how to study, and what they will learn. Something that is just as important, but sometimes overlooked, is creating support systems that will help them succeed in their new academic adventure. The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) was …

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The Spirit of Transparency: A Conversation with NIMAA Externship Partner Chicago Family Health Center

By admin | January 10, 2022

“We want to consider ourselves not only in the community, but we are part of the community. Everyone who walks into the door, you see them as yourself,” says Pasue Mahan, Senior Clinic Manager, Chicago Family Health Center NIMAA is proud to partner with healthcare organizations that share our vision of transparent and accessible pathways …

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Clinical Support Workforce Crisis: What Teaching Health Centers Have to Offer

By admin | December 13, 2021

By Lori Nichols, MSPH, NIMAA Director of Business and Partnership Development Healthcare experts predict that the primary care workforce in the United States is nearing a crisis due to a decreasing proportion of medical school graduates opting for careers in primary care. Couple this with a rising number of providers nearing retirement, and we are …

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NIMAA Collaborates for a More Equitable Workforce

By admin | September 14, 2021

By Lori Nichols, NIMAA Director of Business and Partnership Development At NIMAA, we believe that by focusing on creating equitable career pathways, eliminating barriers to employment, and contributing to a positive social return on investment, we can help achieve a critical and fundamental change. We can build health care teams back up, not only to …

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Staying Connected While Distance Learning

By admin | July 19, 2021

By Susan Klos, NIMAA Curriculum Director and Instructor When many of us think about school, we imagine a physical building where you can meet with the instructor in class to ask questions about assignments, or sit with peers around a table to work on a group project. Establishing a connection to instructors and peers is …

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The Importance of Educating Medical Assistants on Proper Patient Care of the LGBTQ+ Community

By admin | June 9, 2021

By Dawn Chambers, NIMAA Instructor *Names have been changed for patient privacy purposes In 2010, I had just begun my career as an eager and excited Medical Assistant (MA). After only a week of working in the clinic, I was placed with a physician who primarily served the LGBTQ+ community and specialized in caring for …

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NIMAA’s High-Touch Program

By admin | April 15, 2021

By Carolina Rose, NIMAA Distance Education Manager Now that we have a vaccine and COVID-19 herd immunity is in sight, we can all start to get excited about returning to “normal” life. While the pandemic has created a great deal of disruption in our daily lives, it has also provided opportunities for change in the …

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Team-based Care: The Provider-MA Relationship

By admin | February 26, 2021

By Misae Vela Brol, NP, Clinica Family Health Services; NIMAA Advisory Board member Speaking from more than 15 years of experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO, Medical Assistants (MA) are integral to the health care team and key to my success as a provider. A medical assistant properly trained in team-based care …

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