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Scranton Grad Finds Path Forward as Medical Assistant

By admin | September 29, 2023

This article was contributed by The Wright Center. Scranton, Pa. – In one word, Melissa Lemus can sum up why she applied to the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement while trying to jump-start her career and land a job as a medical assistant. “Flexibility,” she says. As a single mother of two, the Scranton […]

Training and Retaining Healthcare’s Next Generation: A Conversation with Salud Family Health

By admin | May 9, 2023

One of the core components of NIMAA’s mission is to provide, not only education, but employment opportunities, creating a pipeline of well-qualified medical assistants for community health centers who are from the very communities that they serve. One of NIMAA’s founding organizations, Salud Family Health, has helped us achieve this goal in northeast and southeast […]

Medical Assisting: A Great Career Choice

By admin | November 22, 2022

Medical assisting can be a rewarding, fulfilling career, with the opportunity to help those in need, and opportunities for career advancement. This is particularly true in the fast-paced primary care environment of Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide care to underserved populations and patients with complex health conditions. Upon graduation from the National Institute for […]

Investing for Impact: Creating Career Pathways for Racially and/or Ethnically Diverse Medical Assistants   

By admin | September 15, 2022

By Ben L. Bynum, MD, Senior Director, Impact Investing, The Colorado Health Foundation  Who We Are At The Colorado Health Foundation, we are committed to creating health and racial equity, which is central to improving the health and well-being of Coloradans. We also understand that tackling the systemic issues that have plagued our nation since […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]