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Health CareersBeyond the Headcount

OKAHEC

Center for Rural HealthOklahoma State University - Center for Health Sciences

National AHEC Conference

Las Vegas, NV



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Careers Programming

  • Awareness

    -A brief introduction to the array of health professions

    -Counted in aggregate

  • Exploration

    -In depth experiences to expose student directly to health careers and assist them in academic career

    -Students registered and individual activities documented


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Documentation of Program Activity

  • Contract work plans reflect general output goals

  • Data reported monthly to the program office (used for education, program evaluation and development, and reporting for state, fed, university)

  • Entered into statewide database

  • Quarterly reports generated for centers

    (Ethnic breakdown, students, hours, activities by level)



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% of staff time spent on evaluation and documentation

  • Staff time devoted to documentation of program activities was estimated at a total of 2.85 FTE (statewide)

  • Equal to 12% of total staff in the state

  • Equal to $137,690 in salary and benefits statewide per year

  • All programs, not just Careers


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Mapping Hometowns of Exploration Participants

  • Used to reflect and discuss coverage areas and strategies

  • Observe year to year coverage and focus areas

  • Educate legislators on the scope of areas reached by the careers program (particularly rural)


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Tracking Outcomes

  • Started with federal reporting tables required with 3 year competing renewal

  • 20+ students transitioning to health professions training programs (also 40+)

  • 20+ students entering pre-health training programs


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More Formalized Process for Tracking

  • Continued year to year

  • Included in contracted plan of work with expectation of 70% response rate

  • Coordinators are asked to do the follow-up

  • Program office provides a list of students for their region who are identified as expected graduates w/20+ hours on record

  • In ’08, average time for follow-up was 35 minutes per unsuccessful contact attempt and 46 minutes per successful contact



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Methods of Contact

  • Email (31.6%)

  • Phone (7%)

  • Snail Mail (1.9%)

  • Via Counselor or Teacher Contacts (23.3%)

  • Social Networking Sites – Facebook, Myspace (18.6%)

  • Other – mostly personal contacts outside of school (1.4%)

  • Unknown (16.3 %)



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Outcome Categories

  • Students who have successfully transitioned to a health professions training program or are currently working in a health profession

  • Students who have transitioned to college, but have not yet committed to a health career

  • Students who have not yet graduated

  • Students who have dropped out or have graduated and did not continue to college or a health professions training program

  • Students who could not be found/no information available






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4yr follow up of transition students

  • ’05 grads with 20+ hrs who were found to have transitioned to college with a commitment to a health career were followed up again in ‘09

  • Done by intern (Health Promotion Undergrad)

  • 79 kids in pilot group

  • Averaged nearly 2 hrs per successful contact

  • Took 60hrs to complete

  • 64% of successful contacts made through Email, Myspace, or Facebook




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OKAHEC

Career Exploration Participants

(20 or more hours of programming)

Compare to 57%

(state linear college-going rate)

100

Youth

(95% Disadvantaged)

(35% Minority)

90

Continue to College

Or

Other Training

56

Committed to Health Profession

In the 1st year following

high school graduation


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OKAHEC

Career Exploration Participants

(20 or more hours of programming)

80% of those committed to HP in 1st year of college

94% retention rate (compared to 50% for state)

56

Committed

to a Health Profession

53

Still in College

Or

Completed Training

45

Still Committed to Health Profession

In the 4th year following

High School Graduation


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OKAHEC

Career

Exploration

Participants

(20+ Hrs)

45

Trained for a Health Profession

or

HP Graduate Program

(Based on small numbers. Trends are preliminary)


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Other Questions

  • What about those with <20 hrs?

  • What about graduate program transitions?

    (National Student Clearinghouse)

  • Job/Practice outcomes? (long term)

  • Is there a sweet spot for time spent with students?

    -Hours of activity related to outcomes

    (Logistic regression analysis)


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Please Document Clearly, Collaborate, and Share Data Wherever Possible

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