Medical Assisting: A Great Career Choice

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 …

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

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 …

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

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

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

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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