Stephanie Hafiz, director of Member Engagement for AmeriHealth Caritas DC, Carl L. Champman Sr., director, Provider Network Management for AmeriHealth Caritas, and LaSonya ander, HR Business Partner Client Services for AmeriHealth Caritas during the Pathways to Work graduation program in northwest D.C. on Dec. 4. (Robert R. Roberts/The Washington Informer)
Stephanie Hafiz, director of Member Engagement for AmeriHealth Caritas DC, Carl L. Champman Sr., director, Provider Network Management for AmeriHealth Caritas, and LaSonya ander, HR Business Partner Client Services for AmeriHealth Caritas during the Pathways to Work graduation program in northwest D.C. on Dec. 4. (Robert R. Roberts/The Washington Informer)

AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia, a mission-based Medicaid managed care plan serving more than 120,000 residents of D.C., celebrated the graduation of the sixth cohort of participants in their Pathways to Work workforce readiness program on Dec. 4 at 700 Pennsylvania Ave SE.

The 12-week paid internship program paved the way for participants, selected from among residents in the District, to receive medical coding, billing and front desk professional training in a classroom environment to provide marketable skills in the health care sector and entry-level positions. Interns also received foundational trainings in financial literacy, work/life balance and emotional intelligence.

“Pathways to Work represents our investment to increase economic inclusion,” said Karen Dale, market president for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia. “Factors such as unemployment, exposure to violence and poverty prevent people from attaining their full health potential. For these reasons, we carefully designed the program to build career skills with the consistent support of a mentor to provide guidance and serve as an aid in transitioning into the workforce.”

Intern Gwen Swindall said she was surprised to learn valuable life skills like the importance of having a positive attitude and always keeping an open mind in finding solutions. Fellow Cohort VI Interns Prince Martin and Jakki Glover both agreed.

Glover, when asked if the program prepared her for the workforce, said, “I feel confident and ready to be an asset to any medical office.”

For more information, go to www.amerihealthcaritasdc.com.

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