Investigates barriers to employment for Boys and Men of Color while providing specific policy recommendations for the state of California to increase employment in the healthcare sector for Boys and Men of Color.
“This report summarizes key opportunities and barriers for [Boys and Men of Color] in allied health professions. Through a literature review and interviews with key stakeholders, we have identified three areas — public K-12 education, the juvenile justice system, and men’s health — that have significant impacts” for the employment outcomes of Boys and Men of Color (p.5). The current “economic and workforce conditions present stakeholders with an opportunity to solve chronic unemployment and underemployment of [Boys and Men of Color] in California” (p.5). “By coordinating state and regional efforts, California can increase the diversity of its health sector while simultaneously creating a viable solution to chronic unemployment in communities of color” (p.5). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

• “Create sustained, long-term funding for Careers Pathway Trust to fund linked-learning pathway programs for [Boys and Men of Color]” (p.4). • “Create industry buy-in to support linked-learning pathway programs in partnership with hospitals, health insurance providers, and health clinics” (p.4). • “Bring the state’s statutory language to parity with Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) recommendations so that criminal background information is assessed on an individual basis, rather than being a blanket barrier to employment” (p.4) • “Create targeted hiring agreements with local governments and health sector employers to encourage [Boys and Men of Color] employment” (p.4). • “Conduct more research on the physical, emotional, and mental health of [Boys and Men of Color] in California” (p.4). • “Dedicate a meaningful portion of the money raised through the Mental Health Services Act to create mental health pathway programs that specifically target [Boys and Men of Color]” (p.4). (Abstractor: Author)