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NEPA Health Care Foundation Announces Rollout of Careers in Care Initiative

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation’s Careers in Care initiative—which focuses on developing the regional pipeline of the healthcare workforce and the growth and development of the nursing workforce in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming Counties—will provide a combination of grant funding and scholarship support to help move the needle on these critical areas. Careers in Care is a $1.5 million commitment over a three-year period (2020-2023).

Through Careers in Care, the NEPA Health Care Foundation will provide grant support to a variety of organizations:

  • Lackawanna College, for its three-year plan to enhance the pipeline of local healthcare professionals and increase the number trained and retained in the region
  • United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA, for its Upward Economic Mobility Program, partnering with Johnson College to offer a workforce development program for unemployed and underemployed individuals interested in obtaining technical certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant—two high-demand health careers
  • Johnson College, to establish a mobile training laboratory providing hands-on experience to teach students what it is like to work in the healthcare field
  • Greater Hazleton Partners in Education’s Career Pathways to Health Care Program, designed to promote learning about health science and medical professions for middle school students, where discussions will be led by health care professionals from the Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Children’s Service Center, for their scholarship program addressing the lack of racially diverse behavioral health professionals
  • Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium (NTIEC), to increase healthcare career awareness and work-based learning placements for regional high school students
  • Saint Joseph’s Center, for direct support professional wage increases

In addition to grant funding, the NEPA Health Care Foundation is establishing a $700,000 nursing scholarship program through the Scranton Area Community Foundation, which is targeted to support the growth and development of the nursing workforce in NEPA.

An announcement in early March 2021 will provide detailed instructions on how students can apply through the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s online portal.

In addition to the Careers in Care initiative, the NEPA Health Care Foundation is also in the seventh year of a $3.2 million commitment to the Geisinger Commonwealth Medical School (GCSOM) for scholarship support for incoming first-year medical students from Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties. The NEPA Health Care Foundation Scholars program covers full tuition for these scholars, who indicate a commitment to practice medicine in Northeastern PA.

Read the full announcement here.

Pre-COVID Photo: NEPA Health Care Foundation board members, from left to right: Robert Knowles, Board Vice-Chair; Jeremiah Eagen, M.D.; Donna Martucci; Michele McGowan; James Clemente, Board Chair; Honorable Terrence Nealon; and Laura Ducceshi, President & CEO of Scranton Area Community Foundation and Administrator of the NEPA Health Care Foundation.


The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the people in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming Counties, and particularly those most vulnerable and most underserved of the population.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation serves as the administrator of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation was established in 2011 following the sale of Mercy Hospital in Scranton.

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