Workforce Solutions Capital Area partners with many local healthcare employers to train and hire the workforce for this key local industry. One of our partners is Concordia University in Austin. Here, in their own words, are how they are creating positive community impact this year.

At Concordia, our nursing education goes beyond the classroom to provide real impact to the Austin area community – even as far as the Dominican Republic and Alaska. Here’s a look at our nursing student’s experiences this year using what they learned for good.

We finalized a partnership with the United Way for our senior level nursing students to achieve certification for hearing and vision screening and are using that to provide hearing and vision screening to children in need across the Austin area. Our nursing students participated in medical mission trips this summer. We have more medical mission trips coming up in spring and summer 2024. Dominican Republic: April 29 – May 6
  • Nursing students and nursing faculty
  • At Mission of Hope campus
  • We visited Haitian schools to complete vision screenings, color-blind screenings for Haitian children and BP screenings and blood glucose screenings for students and teachers.
Alaska: July 9 – 16
  • Nursing students and nursing faculty
  • Completed a community assessment in Chevak, AK, to design a future partnership with the public health nurses in the community to deliver health screenings, education, and vaccines.
    • Met with community leaders like Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Native Hospital and the public health department.
    • Nursing students worked on a needs assessment to determine access to vital resources that can influence health in the community. We did this to make connections in the village in hopes to return on future mission trips and serve the community

Concordia University is a member of the Central Texas Healthcare Partnership. The partnership was founded in early 2018 under the leadership of three Central Texas healthcare industry leaders: Baylor Scott & White Health, Ascension Seton, and St. David’s HealthCare. Learn more about how the CTHP is leading workforce development in the Central Texas healthcare industry.

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